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A community pantry containing different vegetables was set up in front of the Laboratory Division of the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) on May 10, 2021.


According to Dr. January M. Nones, head of the Laboratory Division, the community pantry will run until supplies last. “It will probably be there within the day only,” she added. The organizers, which is the Laboratory Division, said that this is their way of sharing their blessings with the NMIS family.



The community pantry, inspired by the popular community pantries set up all over the country, contains vegetables such as tomatoes, sayote, string beans, eggplants, pumpkins, okra, bitter gourds, and radishes. This vegetable community pantry was put together by the utility staff of NMIS. They started letting people get vegetables from the community pantry at 2 in the afternoon. Utility and security personnel and drivers were the first ones to be accommodated, followed by the rest of the NMIS employees who reported onsite that day.


This is a one -time event only, so this is NMIS’s own version of the community pantry. Community pantries all over the country are usually continuous and sustainable.



NMIS’s very own version of the community pantry started with the idea of Atty. Beata Humilda O. Obsioma, Deputy Executive Director for Administration and Finance. She first called it as “food pantry.”



The vegetables came from a “bagsakan” or a trading center in Tanauan, Batangas. It’s a place where different products are widely delivered and sold. Hence, the vegetables were sourced from all over the province of Batangas.



Alexandra D. Robel