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Donating to this social enterprise can help both farmers and the urban poor battle COVID-19

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The measures enacted to halt the spread of COVID-19 has had unintended consequences on farmers. The halting of mass transportation and the tightening of borders to promote necessary social distancing has meant that many farmers have no way of getting their produce to market. As a result, many harvests are left to rot, and many farmers face a future without profit.

Meanwhile, the closure of formal and informal businesses and the sudden even more lack of access to fresh food has left many urban poor hungry.

Lingap Maralita aims to help both these groups.

Lingap Maralita aims to buy fresh produce from farmers to turn into nutritious meals to feed the urban poor.

The Project is a collaboration between Good Food Community, The Vegan Neighbors, Me & My Veg Mouth, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP, Peasant Workers of the Philippines), Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay), and CURE COVID: Citizens’ Urgent Response to End COVID-19.

They will be sourcing fresh produce from smallholder farmers, which will be turned into meals by parter restaurants and foodmakers that will feed barangays in Camarin, North Caloocan (April 3) and in Payatas, Quezon City (April 10).

Food partners include teams from Chef Chele Gonzales (Gallery by Chele), Chef Jordy Navarra (Toyo Eatery), and Stephen Co (Nipa Brew Craft Beverages/WTH Foods), and Joyce Santos and Cara Tang of Good Food Community.

Donors can pledge:

PhP500 to feed 3 families
PhP750 to feed 5 families
PhP1000 to feed 6 families

There are many ways to help this project.

Click here to donate

Donations can also be deposited to the Good Food Community, Inc. via:
BPI 0401 0110 21
BDO 00469 0110 096
GCash 0939 934 4663

For more information, email mabi@goodfoodcommunity.org

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Yvette Tan
Yvette Tan is Agriculture magazine's managing editor Agriculture.com.ph’s web editor. She is an award-winning writer who likes to eat, travel, and listen to stories about the strange and supernatural. She is dedicated to encouraging people to push for sustainable food sources and is an advocate of food security, food sovereignty, and the preservation of community foodways.

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