God’s Providence truly felt in daily Community Pantry and Feeding Program in the Parish

“Ako nasubukan ko na ang providence ng Diyos kapag konti na ang resources may dumadating meron din naman minsan na yun mga volunteers napapagod din pero nandiyan po sila nandun ang kanilang commitment to at least a little time to share in order to response sa needs ng poor.”

This was the testimony of Fr. Joel Rescobar CM, Parish Priest of San Vicente de Paul Parish in Radio Veritas’ program Caritas in Action.

As part of their mission to extend help and assistance to the poor and the needy, the San Vicente de Paul Parish in Ermita, Manila can feed 500 people each day through the parish’s community pantry and feeding programs for children.

“Mapalad ang aming parokya sapagkat isa kami sa napili upang maging beneficiary ng mga programa nila para sa mahihirap lalo na ngayon pandemya talagang kami po ay maraming mga biyaya na natanggap kumbaga daluyan lang kami ng biyaya mula sa Caritas [Manila] na binabahagi din naman sa mga tao,” Fr. Rescobar said.

Using the parish’s vehicle, the parish priest shared that they are roaming around the premises of the parish to provide food to the people who most need it aside from the daily queuing of the residents in the community pantry.

“We do our best to follow protocol pagka-medyo mahigpit ang quarantine umiikot kami gamit ang van ng Parokya. Alam naman ng mahihirap saan kami mahahanap. Yun po ang naging sistema naming. Ito nga nung sumikat ang community pantry, nasa 54 days na kami everyday, every morning except Sunday, may mga pamilya na pumipila from the nearby barangay kahit papaano nakakapagbigay ng pangluto sa isang araw,” Fr. Rescobar said.

Earlier, in a Pastoral Instruction titled “Panginoon, Kaawaan Mo Kami,” Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo has called on all parishes, BECs, schools and religious institution to organize activities and programs that would promote charity, like feeding programs and distribution of food bags and gift certificates. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo from San Vicente de Paul Facebook page)

 

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