Scavengers, street dwellers get food packs from Antipolo Cathedral

Published May 17, 2022, 8:13 AM

by Nel Andrade

The food pack distribution initiated by the Antipolo Cathedral for street people, including scavengers and sidewalk vendors, continues during the pilgrimage season in the month of May.

The Birhen ng Antipolo-Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage’s Facebook page posted photos of the food pack distribution on Monday, May 16.

Fr. Reynante “Nante” Tolentino, shrine rector of the National Shrine of the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, also known as the Antipolo Cathedral, had earlier told Manila Bulletin that the food sharing project, known as the “Tinapay ng Birhen” (Virgin’s Bread) benefits scavengers, street kids and adults, even street vendors, and beggars.

The project started during the pandemic with some cyclists, led by the group “Viajeros” donating breads and food packs to the people on the streets every Monday and Friday night.

As the food distribution became known to many, including the parishioners, more donors have been bringing in donations of food to the cathedral. The church’s staff and the volunteers supervise the food distribution inside the cathedral’s compound.

Viajeros members also distribute breads and food packs as they cycled through the streets of Antipolo City surrounding the cathedral.