“Take what you need, give what you can.”
For this episode, we will talk about some initiatives in organizing community pantries to address the variety of issues of sectors and communities.
For the second part of our discussion, we will unpack the alternative ideas and practices behind organizing community pantries towards a society that values solidarity and mutual aid.
What began as a small initiative to provide temporary relief to locals grew into a national (and even cross-border) movement of volunteers who provided resources for hundreds–not out of charity, but of solidarity. Marginalized sectors, such as farmers and workers, participated in pantries, which in turn benefitted them as well.
While they come from different sectors and have employed different strategies, they and their co-volunteers have shown what the community pantry could be: a space for people-to-people solidarity.
Co-produced with UP Community Pantry and Pharma, Matiyaga Community Pantry, Marilao Community Garden and Pantry, 11.11.11. Coalition of the Flemish North-South Movement, and the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies – Program on Alternative Development.