How to Start a Community Pantry
A community pantry is a community based program that collects and stores food for free distribution. This aims to help the people who lost their jobs during the pandemic and those who have low-income. The lack of support coming from the government pushed a lot of people to create a community pantry. It started last April 14, 2021 at Maginhawa which was organized by Ana Patricia Non. Now, there are more than three hundred community pantries in the Philippines. If you’re planning to have your own, here are some steps on how to start a community pantry.
1. Get support from the community.
The first thing that you need to do is to identify the people in the community who are willing to help. You can start by posting on social media accounts. It is also best if you will share it on the Facebook groups of your barangay.
How can people help?
- People can help by donating food and other essential products.
- Some can help in repacking goods and in organizing the human traffic.
- Others can donate cash.
2. Search for a conducive venue.
In selecting a good spot, people must consider the accessibility. It must be situated in a place where people can easily go to. A place with good ventilation is advised to avoid the spread of any diseases.
3. Create some signages.
Make sure to post some reminders about the safety protocols. In addition, post what the community pantry is about “Magbigay ayon sa kakayahan, kumuha ayon sa kailangan.” (Give according to your ability, take according to your need)
4. Organize the food and other products.
Prepare some tables and containers to organize the food. You may also repack goods like rice so it is easier for people to get them.
5. Post them on social media.
Well, this is optional. There are three reasons why I encourage you to post it. First, it will help people to know that this exists, the people who are in need can locate your community pantry easily. Second, for transparency purposes, the sponsors can know where they money went. Lastly, this can inspire more people to donate more and even start their community pantry.
For more tips, you may also join some Facebook Groups about Community Pantry:
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