As community pantries have sprouted in various parts of the country, the first mobile community pantries were launched by the City of Malabon and the Northern Police District (NPD).
Under this scheme, there is no need to line up and risk one’s health outside. Instead, the mobile community pantries will be the one to go to neighborhoods to bring help.
Archie Jade Aniora, founder and organizer of the Malabon pantry, said disabled citizens will benefit from the program because PWD cannot leave their houses due to their disability.
He said they will tour every barangay in the city to visit the houses of PWD, in collaboration with the city government to identify their residence.
Due to this feature, the city’s mobile pantry has garnered support, especially since it prioritizes the disabled.
The pantry will be distributing vitamins, diapers, milk, rice, vegetables, fruits and more.
Meanwhile, the NPD mobile community pantry launched by P/Brig. Gen. Nelson Bondoc has also started providing food assistance in collaboration with the police chiefs in the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela.
The NPD will be distributing food to citizens in the cities under its jurisdiction, so they do not need to go out for assistance.
It said it is unavoidable that community pantries be crowded with those who need assistance, and often health protocols are not followed.
Meanwhile, graduates of the Caloocan Drug Rehabilitation Program have built their own community pantry with the help of donors and the Caloocan Anti-Drug Abuse Office.
Opened by alumni of the Community-Assisted Rehabilitation and Recovery Out-patient Treatment Systems (CARROTS), a long-standing program of the Caloocan City government under the leadership of Mayor Oca Malapitan, the community pantry is located on Galauran Street in 8th Avenue.
CARROTS is one of the most successful rehabilitation programs for former drug dependents in the country, where the patients’ families, communities, church and LGU work together.
As a result, alumni are not only rescued from the threat of illegal drugs, but have proven that they can be integrated back into the mainstream following effective rehabilitation.
The patients’ families, as well as the city government, acknowledged the participants and leaders of the community pantry, particularly Atty. Bok Labastilla and all alumni of the program.
Those interested in donating to the said community pantry may contact Olga Silvero at 0961-536-4109 or via GCash under the same name and number.