A call for action and solidarity with our farmers and urban poor communities
Together let’s keep our interconnected system of farmers, collaborators, and communities thriving—especially at this time of crisis.
How to Get Involved:
A small pledge goes a long way:
- PhP500 to feed 3 families
- PhP750 to feed 5 families
- PhP1000 to feed 6 families
We depend on farmers for the food we eat everyday. Now they are among the hardest-hit following the COVID-19 crisis. Since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, farmers in rural areas have been unable to deliver and sell their fresh produce, severely affecting their income, livelihood and well-being, and cutting vital links in the peasant food web that feeds us.
Even so, our smallholder farmers and small-scale producers at the frontlines are in solidarity with the most food-insecure among us, the poor communities, at this time of crisis. We believe in taking action that shares this sense of solidarity. Lingap Maralita’s initiative directly sources fresh produce (vegetables, grains, fruits) from our frontline farmers, who are working to supply this to the urban poor.
We can create the change we want to see. We believe it is possible to feed everyone in a way that is holistic: one that nourishes a strong, healthy immune system and importantly advocates for social justice for our farmers. Subsistence on processed food products is not enough, and good food means using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and preparing them with compassion and care. At the same time, we must actively create a food system that is free from exploitation, safe and available to all, environmentally responsible, and socially inclusive.
Lingap Maralita is proud to be partnering with homegrown restaurants and foodmakers to prepare, cook, and distribute healthy meals for the urban poor. These include the teams of 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.
We believe food must be available for all. The COVID-19 crisis has further upended the needs of urban poor communities, who are now being neglected and getting hungrier.
Through Lingap Maralita, we are calling for action and solidarity, and advocate for their rights more than ever. Largely invisible, they are actually the ones who help our society run smoothly. Now they need us.
Our feeding programs will be reaching urban poor communities throughout Metro Manila—many of which have already been at risk of housing displacement and marginalization. Our feeding programs will start with barangays in Camarin, North Caloocan (April 3) and in Payatas, Quezon City (April 10).
Lingap Maralita is mobilized by:
- 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)
- CURE COVID: Citizens’ Urgent Response to End COVID-19