Bacolodnons, Negrenses start community pantries

HELPING OTHERS. This community pantry outside a milk tea shop at Araneta Street, Bacolod City, is among the initiatives started by the residents on Monday, April 19, to help those in need.*Romeo Subaldo photo

Inspired by the selfless initiative of the residents of Metro Manila, Bacolodnons and Negrenses also united to start their community pantries in several areas of Bacolod City and Negros Occidental Monday, April 19.

In Bacolod City, Kim Lizares and her group opened a community pantry at 12th Lacson Street, where they offer free essential items such as canned goods, noodles, eggs, vegetables, and other goods.

The group set up their pantry under a makeshift canopy outside a residence of a good samaritan who offered his place for a joint initiative.

On Facebook, Lizares called for donations.“Drop anything you can offer” on Sunday, April 18, she said.

She also urged everyone to start their community pantry in their barangay or “anywhere you like.”

Sowing Legacy Movement Inc. also opened its community pantry outside the Legacy Home in Barangay 27 on Monday.

In a Facebook post, the group said: “We had successfully opened the community pantry for two rounds today (April 19). We intentionally left the table, and did not take more photos, to allow people to be more comfortable and not hesitant to take what they need, and for them and for us to really experience the spirit of this act of caring. And yes, it worked!”

They added, “We are amazed too, that someone we don’t personally know messaged us and delivered additional goods to be given to the community. With this, we will be going to another area this week to set up ‘a table of love’ as well. Indeed, spreading love can also be so contagious, and it is a beautiful kind of contagious.”

At at Barangay Villamonte, the Marigomen family also set up a community pantry outside their home at Malaspina Street, while a milk tea shop in front of Negros Occidental High School at Araneta Street also displayed free food items outside their establishment.

Other communities in Bacolod and the province have also started their own initiative to help others.

In Sipalay City, Don Celeda has also set up a pantry in his community.*

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