Here’s a sobering statistic: according to the World Bank, 2.7 million more Filipinos will sink into poverty because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the community pantry movement that went viral last April has helped a lot of Filipinos cope with the challenges of the pandemic, this is only a bandage solution for a long term problem.
If you’re looking to contribute to ending hunger in the country for the long haul, according to Spot.ph, you should consider volunteering or donating to the following organizations:
- Walang Iwanan Alliance. A citizen-led initiative launched last August, the goal of this particular group is to set up a network of food distribution systems, starting with food banks in key locations. To add to this, they also support, and help expand other existing efforts for a more strategic anti-hunger plan. You can donate to this cause via your Globe Rewards points, cash or other resources.
- Kusina ng Kalinga. This is Gawad Kalinga’s anti-poverty program geared for children. Established in 2014, this initiative has served more than a million vegetable-based meals in their 51 kitchens spread out across the Philippines. What’s great about this particular campaign is that KnK kitchens also serve as hubs where parents, teachers, local government units, local farmers and food providers, corporate partners can come together to build a “sustainable culture of caring and sharing.” You can donate, and #BeAHungerWarrior with as low as P30 per day.
- Food for the Hungry Philippines. What started out as a non-government organization (NGO) intended to help Vietnam war refugees has turned into a global movement. In fact, this group has served almost 8,000 children and transformed 26 communities in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas. This initiative tackles the issue of poverty through a holistic approach by also developing the communities’ access to health, education, and livelihood. Visit their website so you can volunteer.
Ending hunger may be a gargantuan endeavor, but your help, however big or small, can create a ripple effect. Every effort counts. As British humanitarian Jane Goodall once said, “what you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”