Inspired by the Maginhawa Community Pantry in Quezon City that went viral on social media a few days ago, Bataenos are now setting up community pantries within their respective areas to provide free goods such as vegetables, canned goods, toiletries, and other basic items for those who can’t afford it, especially the homeless, street sweepers, tricycle drivers and others who were adversely affected by the pandemic.
According to the organizers of one of the community pantries, they decided to put up a community pantry near Bataan General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC), so that it will be accessible to the frontliners, as well as nearby residents. They’ve also mentioned that everyone is free to donate as much as they can, but no one should get more than what he needs.
To date, various groups are currently organizing community pantries in different communities in the province to help fellow Bataenos, through a simple act of kindness. Most of the community pantries are open around late afternoon until early in the evening. Everyone, both donors and those who would avail of free goods are required to always comply with the minimum health and safety protocols especially the proper social distancing.