These zero-waste community pantries help feed Filipinos while saving the environment

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Zero-waste community pantries encourage Filipinos to bring their own recyclable containers and bottles to reduce single-use plastic packaging. Photos from pantry set-ups on Facebook.

These zero-waste community pantries are helping feed hungry Filipinos while saving the environment amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The Maginhawa Community Pantry that has inspired various neighborhoods across the Philippines to set up carts with food offered for free has inspired wasteless community pantries that distribute free condiments and necessities in refillable containers to reduce plastic packaging use among Filipinos.

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The recent iterations of the community pantry to offer free food and basic necessities while promoting an eco-conscious and zero-waste lifestyle are found in Antipolo, Camarines Sur, and Cagayan De Oro.

Brgy. Cupang, Antipolo City, St. Therese, Penafrancia

Taking inspiration from the Maginhawa community pantry, the youth volunteers of Antipolo City in Rizal have created their own community pantry that hopes to inspire more Filipinos to use recyclable bags and bottles and avoid single-use plastics.

People are free to take condiments, cooking oil, and other necessities as long as they bring their own containers and bottles.

 

Babu Kwan, Yacapin cor Aguinaldo St., Cagayan de Oro

The zero-waste community pantry located in Cagayan de Oro caters to the Muslim community.

Organized by halal restaurant Babu Kwan, Happy Earth Store, Modern Nanays of Mindanao, ALIMA Mother Support Center and employees of National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, the halal and zero-waste community pantry is set up on Yacapin corner Aguinaldo Street in Cagayan De Oro.

It is open every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 4 pm until supplies last.

Sampaguita Street, San Miguel, Iriga City

Residents are encouraged to bring their own reusable bottles and containers to refill vinegar, soy sauce, and other necessities.

The Barangay San Miguel Community Pantry is open from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m. It also reminds residents to follow social distancing protocols.

Community pantries initiated by Filipinos can be found in different parts of the country and have evolved into different kinds to help all needy individuals.

A Community Paw-ntry in Quezon City, Metro Manila is now open for Filipino pet owners who may be experiencing difficulties in providing food for their animal companions while a Community Plant-ry is helping teach people to grow the plants they eat.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the initiators of zero-waste community pantries which are helping feed hungry Filipinos while saving the environment amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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