Spreading The Good Virus: 80+ Community Pantries in Bulacan

Last Updated on May 3, 2021 by OJ Maño

THE CITY OF MALOLOS – After Ana Patricia Non’s Maginhawa Community Pantry in QC went viral on social media, many other Filipinos started community pantries all over the country, including Bulacan. This has shown the community’s willingness to help those in need, especially during a lockdown where livelihood is affected and has left thousands of Filipinos unemployed.

Their signage says, “Magbigay ayon sa kakayahan, kumuha batay sa pangangailangan [Give what you can, take only what you need].” Such a beautiful slogan in this time of the pandemic.

Community Pantries
Photo courtesy of FB/AP Non

A community pantry is where food packs and other agricultural produce donated by ordinary people are made available for families affected by strict lockdowns. People in need can find rice, vegetables, milk, and other essential goods and take them for free. Those who can’t afford to buy their own only have to line up to get what they need. It operate on trust systems and encourage donors to give what they can, and recipients to take only as much as they need.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that President Duterte lauds the initiative to put up community pantries in the country and DILG Secretary Eduardo Año ordered the members of police not to interfere with pantries operations.

This Community Pantry challenge is the true spirit of Bayanihan and Damayan that we inherit from our ancestors that still lives in the Filipino hearts. This is something that we can be proud of as a Bulakenyo. Let’s continue to pray that these acts of goodness will spread in the entire country.

As a token of appreciation, we created this list of community pantries in Bulacan that courageously took a leap of faith by replicating the Maginhawa Community Pantry here in our province. You guys are the real MVP!

List of Community Pantries in Bulacan



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San Juan Community Pantry (Photo courtesy of FB/Reynaliza Mendoza and Lorie Brown)

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