Three Augustinian-administered parishes in Luzon hosted their own community pantries namely; the Nuestra Señora de Gracia Parish in Makati City, St. Augustine of Hippo Parish in Gubat, Sorsogon and St. Augustine of Hippo Parish in Saguday, Quirino.
A community pantry is a movement of helping people in need and at same time considered as the modern-day Bayanihan that carries the phrase “give what you can, take what you need” or in Filipino, “Magbigay ayon sa kakayahan, kumuha ayon sa pangangailangan.”
The Augustinian community pantries reached out not only to their parishioners but to all those who are in need. The success of their respective community pantries was supported by the friars and the parishioners.
Community pantry in the Philippines emerged at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic that was initiated by a small act of kindness of a young woman, Patricia Non, in May 2021 at Quezon City. Her community pantry has inspired many people and it has evolved into something so impactful where more than 6,700 other community pantries were conducted for several months.
Meanwhile, the Augustinian friars looked at the emergence of the community pantries as linked to the common life lived by the first Christians in Jerusalem (Acts 4:32-35) and to the common life as envisioned by the Rule of Saint Augustine.