Scavengers and street dwellers receive food parcels from Antipolo Cathedral – Manila Bulletin

Scavengers and street dwellers receive food parcels from Antipolo Cathedral

The distribution of food parcels initiated by the Antipolo Cathedral for street people, including garbage collectors and street vendors, continues during the pilgrimage season in May.

The Birhen ng Antipolo-Notre Dame de la Paix et du Bon Voyage Facebook page posted photos of the distribution of food parcels on Monday, May 16.

Pr. Reynante “Nante” Tolentino, rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Bon Voyage, also known as Antipolo Cathedral, previously told the Manila Bulletin that the food sharing project, known under the name “Tinapay ng Birhen” (Virgin’s Bread) benefits garbage collectors, street children and adults, even street vendors and beggars.

The project started during the pandemic with cyclists, led by the “Viajeros” group, who donated breads and food parcels to people on the streets every Monday and Friday evening.

As the food distribution became known to many, including parishioners, more and more donors brought food donations to the cathedral. Church staff and volunteers oversee the distribution of food inside the cathedral grounds.

Members of Viajeros also distribute bread and food parcels while walking the streets of the city of Antipolo around the cathedral.

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