Maginhawa Community Pantry (MCP)
In April 14, 2021, Ana Patricia Non (Patreng) took out a cart with 800 Pesos worth of groceries and vegetables by a lamp post in Maginhawa Street in Quezon City with 2 cardborad signs that read :
“Maginhawa Community Pantry”
“Magbigay ayon sa kakayahan, kumuha batay sa pangangailangan”
(Give what you can, take what you need”).
She took a photo, went home and posted it on social media to make her community aware that it is there if they need it.
The post went viral overnight with more than 15k shares. Soon thereafter, goods arrived, people lined up, the media covered the event and several people formed their own community pantries.
Community Pantries PH (CPPH)
By April 17, 2021 just 3 days after she took out her cart, there were 28 community pantries and the Community Pantry PH (CPPH) Facebook group was formed.
Its aim, to help facilitate the creation, growth and sustainability of the new community pantries.
The CPPH group educates members on pantry creation, exchanges experiences and learnings on its operation, connect and help each other out and more importantly shares stories both heart wrenching and inspiring encounters they have which make their hard work all worthwhile.
The private FB group which has now more than 20k members is comprised of donors, organisers, suppliers and supporters. It is moderated by Jenny Non to ensure that it is in keeping with its primary vision of no-ego, unified cooperation to respond to the needs of all members of the community.
Now, barely 2 weeks after, there are more than 1,000 member community pantries of CPPH.
Each member CP is set up by the masses, for the masses who usually are a group of people within a community with an objective of mutual help rather than charity as their guiding motto.
As such, CPPH does not include pantries that bear the names of personalities, political parties, logos, political banners and any government sector who, though have their own pantry initiatives, also have their own resources to propel their charity or ambition.
COMMUNITY PANTRIES (CP)
Each community pantry ideally serves 150 recipients though it is quite common to have 200-300 people who line up each day.
When a community pantry reaches 300 recipients, they are encouraged to break into 2 or more pantries. If it serves 750 or more, they are encouraged to convert into a distribution hub aka mother pantry to neighboring smaller pantries.
This move ensures the non-congestion of people for social distancing, eases their recipients from too long lines (and the searing heat of the sun) and to ensure that the community is a size small enough to extend personal regard to each member.
CPs have autonomy in seeking donations, setting working hours and deciding goods which are apt to their area of activity.
CPPH provides them with list of suppliers and connects them to other CPs
COMMUNITY DISTRIBUTION HUBS (CDH)
At present, there are 15 hubs in Quezon City(CPPH, Maginhawa and Matiyaga), Caloocan, Manila, Pasig, Marikina, Bulacan, Cavite(4) and Laguna(3) serving more than 400 CPs. Maginhawa CP now a hub, serves 22 CPs in the area. Claret, the biggest hub, located in Quezon City serves 200 CPs in the NCR. We are facilitating creation of hubs in Rizal, Northern Bulacan, Valenzuela and other places.
Refer to live map for the CP and CDH locations.
Where is there a Community Pantry
CPPH Public List
The hubs, have a big area with a number of volunteers and coordinators that act as follow:
1. organizes donation drives in cash or kind,
2. buys bulk fresh produce direct from farmers and farmers cooperatives (at a fair price to the farmer)
3. organizes delivery from supplier to hub
4. repacks and divides the produce into 150 recipient packs
5. send them to different community pantries within its vicinity/jurisdiction
6. makes available a transparency report to the public
It is important to note that the hubs uses its central purchasing power to patronize farmers and fishermen to ensure they get a fair price for their harvests and as well help them in their dire situation of being negotiated to bankruptcy through unfair market practices.
It also has a policy of sending goods not cash to its member pantries to optimize the funds, safeguard against fund misuse by having auditors and transparency reports as check and balance.
Community Pantry PH (CPPH)
In its role as a facilitator for creation, growth and sustainability of community pantries, CPPH taps technological tools that will help in making coordination between all the vertical and horizontal elements of the network of CPs and CDHs
Some of what it provides:
• Resource. educates members on pantry creation and problem solving with infograms, FB live events, tutorial and links to information from 3rd party generated materials
• Tools. provides tools for effective community pantry management as transparency reports, database of suppliers and contacts of other CPs
• Venue. for conversation : provides a venue via the CPPH FB Group to exchange experiences, learnings, ideas and contacts with other CPs
• Inspire. connect and help each other out and more importantly shares stories both heartwrenching and inspiring encounters they have which make their hard work all worthwhile.
• Highligth. Raise awareness, inspire…
Community Pantry Definitions
1. No Ego.
No ownership. No self advertising. The community pantry is named after the name of the community.
Each volunteer is on equal grounds. No personalities, faces, politics.
By the people, for the people.We leave dividing beliefs out the door. No political parties, banners or labels. We
delay judgement to learn more of others’ situation. Just humanity acting as one. CPPH ONLINE ARCHITECTURE BRIEF - RB 5
3. Fair Share
Kumuha ng batay sa pangangailangan. We think of the people behind us in the line.
4. Pay It forward
Magbigay ng Ayon sa kakayahan.No contribution is too small or too big so long as it is given according to ones own abilities.
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