Urban poor families set up food gardens to cope with hunger amid pandemic

Monitoring leader Arbie Santacera with Apple Montales and Estrelita Sanchez water their vegetables on an empty lot turned into urban gardening along Clemente road, Barangay Payatas B, Quezon City.

MANILA, Philippines — Struggling to put food on their tables through weeks into quarantine due to the new coronavirus pandemic, residents of Barangay Payatas in Quezon City have found a new reason to band together amid the scarcity of food aid and jobs.

They have transformed concrete walls, backyards and empty lots into urban food gardens — where patches of green, leafy vegetables keep their community vibrant despite months of lockdown.

“It also gives us the motivation to wake up every day to see how our vegetables are doing. It would make us smile to see our lettuce leaves or eggplants grow by the day,” said Gilda Rollamas, one of the volunteer mothers of Ina ng Lupang Pangako Parish.

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