Community Pantries have popped up around the metro as an act of compassion or Bayanihan within communities. Because of the astounding growth of the movement, chances are you’re within commuting or driving distance of one right now. If you’re looking for a place to donate essentials, this Community Pantry finder can help you find one quickly. This website makes use of crowdsourced information to map out where community pantries are located.
It was developed by the same people behind “Saan May Nagdedeliver?” a website that tracked where deliveries are available during the height of the lockdown last year.
According to one of the makers, Sandra Tabinas, since locating deliveries is no longer need during this time they’ve refocused their website to locate community pantries instead. The website is made possible by a team composed of Tabinas, David Garcia, Mikko Tamura, and Professor Orly Martinez in collaboration with volunteers from MapBeks, Mental Health AWHEREness, University of the Philippines Diliman Geography Department, and the PH Mapping Community.
Navigating the site is easy with the pins on the Philippine map marking where community pantries are located. The map tells you the exact address of the pantry, the type of goods available, and the contact number of the organizers. The community pantry movement has spread throughout the country considering that its model is simple: donate what you can, take what you need. Donating is not limited to food but also other essentials such as face masks and medicines.
If there’s a community pantry near you or if you want to add your pantry on the site, you may fill out the Community pantry finder Google Form.