Community pantries pop up in NCR cities, other regions amid COVID-19 crisis

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 17)— Social media feeds have been filled lately with snaps of makeshift "community pantries" — where residents can donate basic goods to help fellow citizens in need amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The movement, which first popped up in Quezon City, became a hit — with other areas in Metro Manila and other regions rolling out the same initiative.

Here's a look at some of the community pantries:

Located along Maginhawa Street in Quezon City, this was the first makeshift community pantry to provide free commodities for citizens affected by the recent lockdowns.

A community pantry was also set up along P. Noval Street in Sampaloc, Manila. The organizer said he was also inspired by the Maginhawa setup.

Barangay Parang in Marikina City also set up its own community pantry filled with rice, vegetables, and canned goods.

A community pantry also popped up in Los Baños, Laguna. The organizers said they originally planned to hold the initiative for only one day, but noted that donors kept on coming.

Even Boracay residents were inspired by the movement. The pantry set up in the Bolabog, Balabag area aims to help residents affected by the new restrictions as not a lot of tourists are coming in the island.