Community pantry organized by fratmen in NV supports local farmers

BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya, April 24 (PIA) - The established community pantry of the Alpha Phi Omega International Service Fraternity and Sorority Theta Epsilon Chapter (APOTEC) here not only helps residents but also supports the agricultural products of the Nueva Vizcaya Agricultural Terminal (NVAT).

 

These fruits and veggies bought at NVAT including grocery items are being offered for free for poor villagers here as part of the community service program of the said fraternity.

The Community Pantry, located near the Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) along the Heroes Boulevard is being patronized by villagers especially in barangay Buag, one of the Enhanced Community Quarantine - declared poblacion barangays in this town.

APOTEC members manage the Community Pantry and assist patrons on their based on their needs.

“We strictly monitor our patrons and see to it that only their needs are properly and sufficiently given so that others can partake too when their time to get some comes,” said APOTEC member Mayvilyn Pascua.

Various food items such as canned goods, eggs, fruits and vegetables are brought in by APOTEC members daily, tapping donations from fellow members here and abroad, including benevolent individuals and establishments.

The Community Pantry has been started by the APOTEC since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in houses of several members where stranded college students were the primary beneficiaries.

“We are doing this because there are donors who do not stop in helping our less fortunate villagers. Let us take what is enough for us, so that others can have some too for their families,” said Reynald Tan, President of the APO TEC Alumni Association.

Other civic-oriented organizations, government agencies, religious sector and business establishments have also launched their own brand of Community Pantries and assistance to the poor especially during this time of pandemic.  (MDCT/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya0

By Benjamin Moses M. Ebreo

 

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