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:
PhP 150 to feed 1 family
PhP 600 to feed 4 families
PhP 1800 to feed 12 families
We depend on farmers for the food we eat everyday. 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 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.
What do we mean when we say “family”?
Is it the average number of 4 to 5 based on statistics? Does it typically consist of a mother, father and three children?
For urban poor communities, such as our partner community Golden Shower, a family could mean up to eight children with a grandmother or grandparents. Sometimes there’s an aunt or an uncle, or both.
A household doesn’t always mean a house with one family living in it. One household could mean two or three families sharing a single-family space, sometimes it’s a concrete house, sometimes, it’s a shanty.
Our weekly donation of rice and vegetables for 500 families is a crude but handy estimate. Often we actually reach up to 750 families through community kitchens because of the local organization on the ground, Pinagkaisang Lakas ng Mamamayan (PLM/ People’s United Strength), a group of women leaders who manage the kitchens, from storage to preparation of ingredients to cooking, to distribution to families within Golden Shower and in other nearby communities.
When you purchase a Solidarity Share, it goes a long way, feeding families but also strengthening the bond of communities.