METRO Pacific Investments Foundation (MPIF) said it entered into a partnership with Agrea Agricultural System International, Inc. to purchase and distribute produce from farmers cut off from their markets by the lockdown.

The Move Food Initiative’s objective is “to help agribusinesses that are struggling to cope with the current situation,” Agrea President and Founder Cherrie D. Atilano said.

MPIF said the initiative shortens the supply chain for food and hopes to broaden the supply of fresh produce available to vary the diets of quarantined people who have become reliant on canned and preserved food during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Being out there and personally distributing relief goods while mindful of social distancing for everyone’s safety, gives you a firsthand view of people’s needs. In addition, to provide food that fills their stomachs is indeed a goal, but ensuring their good health is the extra step we decided to take,” MPIF President Melody M. del Rosario said.

MPIF has donated over 8,000 kilograms of fresh vegetables sourced from farmers’ cooperatives to beneficiaries as part of its COVID-19 relief efforts. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave