From community pantry to ‘plant-ry,’ PLDT and Smart support food security
Helping ensure communities are food secure and that the community pantry movement carries on, PLDT and Smart have distributed 2,000 #PlantSmart kits, encouraging individuals and communities to set up their own edible home or community gardens. The planting kits are composed of three types of veggie seeds, loam soil with organic mix, and two types of fertilizers. “Through our #PlantSmart initiative, we hope to provide community pantry organizers with a sustainable solution that creates families and communities that are food secure and healthy as we continue to cope during these difficult times,” said Smart Community Relations Head Stephanie Orlino. Recipients needing guidance in setting up their own community plant-ries can view the 10-episode ‘Kalye Mabunga’ web series, that teaches the basics of setting up an edible garden, whether at home or in communal spaces. One of the recipient-communities was the FARMERS 1 TIBAI Community Pantry in Barangay Tumana, Marikina, which received 100 planting kits for their community plant-ry organized by urban gardening advocates. Since April 25, Barangay Tumana has been supporting 150 indigent families through its community effort. Other community pantries in Metro Manila that received the #PlantSmart kits include the GSIS Road Community Pantry in Pasig, which received a sack containing 20 planting kits. The beneficiaries are parents of Rosario Elementary School students.