As a way of giving back and contributing to proliferating community pantries, donors and Good Samaritans opted to buy vegetables and root crops directly from Bulacan farmers for donation to community pantries in various locations.
At least 500 kilos of different farm produce – long string beans, banana heart, tomatoes, and various leafy vegetables from the communal and family farms of San Jose Del Monte City farmers were bought from the Bagsakan Farmers Online Market. The vegetables were bought by donors at farmgate prices. “Para ito sa ating mga kababayan na nabibigyan ng mga community pantries. Nakakatulong din kami,” says Cecilia Rapiz, farmer-leader of the Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Bulacan.
The vegetables from Bulacan farmers will be delivered this afternoon to various community pantries in Quezon City including the Maginhawa Community Pantry.
The farmers said they are happy that their goods are being brought to pantries that provide much-needed food for our fellow Filipinos. “Mga kapwa din naman mahihirap ang makakatanggap ng mga gulay. Maraming salamat sa mga mabubuting loob na bumili ng gulay ng mga magsasaka para idonasyon sa mga pantry,” Rapiz said.
KMP said like thousands of urban poor families, farmers require sufficient aid. Rapiz said farming families are seeking 10,000 cash aid and 15,000 production subsidies to help them especially in the time of worsening crisis due to the pandemic. Rapiz has also not recovered her losses due to the ASF. She said farmers need P15,000 production subsidies to continuously plant crops and vegetables
“Makakapag-ani kami at makaka supply ng mga gulay at iba pang pagkain basta tuloy-tuloy kami na makapagtanim. Pero napakamahal na rin ng gastos sa pagsasaka. Sana mabigyan din kami ng ayuda sa pagsasaka,” Rapiz concluded. #
For orders, message Bagsakan Online Farmers Market on Facebook. For donations to community pantries for urban poor communities, contact 09564102935.