A resident at Jaime Cardinal Sin Village in Sta. Ana, Manila, a housing project for informal settlers, receives food delivered by the Medical Company 1303 CDC NCR RCDG ARESCOM.
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All it takes is PHP500 per meal to feed urban poor families affected by the COVID-19 quarantine

A group of Enderun Colleges alumni are paying it forward by partnering with restaurants and the Philippine Army Reserve to provide meals to communities at risk. By MARILEN FONTANILLA
| Apr 02 2020

While many groups like Frontline Feeders and Salamat PH Healthcare Heroes have been tirelessly providing meals to the doctors and staff at hospitals in and around Metro Manila, feeding programs for communities affected by the crisis are only just getting started. The challenge here is that, with the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila, a large part of the population cannot go to work, and for many of them, that means not getting the food they need to survive.

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While feeding programs and community kitchens have started to pop up around the metropolis, one of the earliest groups to work with these communities at risk was COVID19 Food Drive PH which first put out a call to donate on March 18.

COVID19 Food Drive PH is an ongoing community drive that was first formed in the aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy in 2009. Initially named the Enderun Community Drive, the group mobilizes organically when members of the Enderun Colleges community feel the need to do something, most recently during the Taal Volcano eruption last January.

A list of restaurants that have already contributed to the food drive.

Since the initial call, Enderun alumni have mobilized again, launching a campaign to deliver meals to target communities with a large population of urban poor. Because of the quarantine guidelines, the Enderun kitchens could not be put into use. Instead, partner restaurants and commissaries receive donations and produce meals, with the Philippine Army Reserve taking responsibility for pick-up and door-to-door distribution.

Just PHP500 can help provide one family meal for barangays spread out in Manila, Taguig, and Antipolo, like these meals prepared by Lampara Restaurant in Makati.
Tokyo Style Diner in Marikina prepared the following PHP500 meal using pork giniling with carrots and green peas, boiled saba, hard boiled eggs, and rice.

Enderun Colleges assistant dean Bel Castro shares that the current effort is being run by three Enderun alumni. “What we did is look for small operators and bulk buy from them so that their ingredients don’t go to waste and their skeleton staff can get a small stipend,” she discloses.

Dim sum and dumplings prepared by SOUTH 88 - Burgers Wings & Chops in ParaƱaque.
The staff of Bulacan Lugaw Kitchen in Quezon City preparing 1,000 meals for distribution.

The group’s third day already achieved milestones of 12,000 meals, 1,000 face masks for frontliners, 300 meals and water for Barangay 310, Zone 31, District III in Manila, and 5,000 meals for Upper Bicutan in Taguig.


To donate to COVID19 Food Drive PH, click on Facebook.com/Covid19 Food Drive PH