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RECOGNIZE QC COMMUNITY PANTRY ORGANIZER — CASTELO

Quezon City 2nd district Councilor Winnie Castelo is seeking commendation for the Quezon City resident who established a community pantry to help the needy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a resolution, Castelo said Ana Patricia Non started on April 14 the Maginhawa Street pantry, where community members and other donors can take or donate food items and other essential items.

Castelo stressed that the community pantry idea “highlights the generosity of every Filipino and shows that the true spirit of Bayanihan is alive amid the pandemic.”

“Keeping in mind how others could not afford to stay home since their daily food depends on their livelihood, Ms. Non decided to put up the community pantry to help her neighborhood during this difficult time,” he said.

He said donors and takers were asked to observed basic health protocols and follow a simple reminder: “Magbigay ayon sa kakayahan, kumuha ayon sa pangangailangan (Give according to ability, take according to need.”

“Ms. Non’s idea spread like wildfire, resulting in the sprouting of numerous food-sharing areas in Metro Manila and other parts of the country, even as far as Cagayan de Oro City and Muslim Mindanao,” he added.

Castelo stressed that the community pantry idea “highlights the generosity of every Filipino and shows that the true spirit of Bayanihan is alive amid the pandemic.”

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