Before the community pantries, there was ‘The Sharing Table’ in Alfonso, Cavite

Published April 30, 2021, 12:55 PM

by Carla Bauto Deña

ALFONSO, CAVITE — Before community pantries started sprouting all over the country, a similar initiative has been quietly helping the needy in Barangay Sulsugin since April 2020.

The Sharing Table (TST) is a project initiated by the Sahagun-Nuestro family to help their neighbors whose livelihoods were affected by the pandemic.

According to Alyanna Sahagun Nuestro, they felt grateful that they still had the means to earn a living and wanted to give back by helping those who were forced to stop working due to strict community quarantine protocols.

The family started with 500 pieces of pandesal, three trays of eggs, and several packs of 3-in-1 coffee laid out on the table for anyone who needed breakfast. Over the next months, more people pitched in and the initiative grew to help even more beneficiaries.

Fast-forward to today, the family is elated to see more and more Filipinos sharing their advocacy following the popularity of the Maginhawa community pantry.

The local government unit of Alfonso has collaborated with TST to bring in more sponsors and help more people in need.

Nuestro said the project continues to receive donations not just from the wealthy but also from simple people with big hearts.

“Na-live up lang po talaga (they really lived up to the principle of) ‘yung take what you need, leave what you can,” Nuestro told the Manila Bulletin.

“Talaga pong may mga dala sila, kahit tangkay ng malunggay or pitas sa kanilang mga bakuran (They really bring what they can, be it malunggay stalks or vegetables picked from their yard).”