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Here’s how you can help feed the needy and support SMEs in the time of COVID-19

By JOHN LEGASPI

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Apart from its effect on health, COVID-19 is also paralyzing the economic welfare of the country. Most establishments have no choice but to close their doors to limit the spread of the virus, making it hard for Filipinos to find supplies, losing their source of livelihood. Aiming to solve these problems is the COVID-19 Food Drive PH.

Formerly known as The Enderun Community Drive, the non-official organization is on a mission to help the community in times of crisis,which started in 2009 with Typhoon Ondoy hitting Manila. It’s run by the Enderun student organization REACH (Relief Efforts and Charities), its student government, and for most of the time, by its volunteers.

This time, with the help of its alumni, they are launching a campaign to deliver meals to target communities with the help of partner restaurants and commissaries.

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“During this time, we would want to help our brothers and sisters in the hospitality industry through our ambitious plan to provide a little bit of income to those whose livelihoods have been affected, while helping our less fortunate and even more vulnerable kababayans keep from hunger,” they wrote in a post.

To do this, they’ll be raising funds to purchase food from SMEs at a regulated price of P50 per meal or P500 for a meal package good for 10 people.

The team will be assisted by Capt. Sharon Reyes and the Medical Company 1303 CDC NCRRCDG of the Philippine Army Reserve for door-to-door delivery, while practicing social distancing. Their target is to deliver 10,000 meals a day.

For cash donations, you can send it to Colene Blanche Y. Tan 109485073463 (Union Bank), or call and text 09776266452 and look for Patch Bautista.



Source: Manila Bulletin

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