July 27, 2020

Donating through “community pantries”

Walking along the sidewalks of the city, you may have noticed the presence of makeshift “shelves” filled with food and essential items. This movement has been dubbed Community Pantry or Pantry of Sharing, and was initiated by businessman Supakit “Bank” Sulchartvijit, who set up his first “pantry” along Soi Sukhumvit 71 and quickly inspired others throughout to do the same. These shelves encourage those heavily affected by the lockdown to discreetly take food and other items they need in order to survive. However, many critics and netizens have questioned the approach, pointing out that it as an “unsustainable” way to tackle the problem and shaming people who take “too much.”

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