Meet Mingoy, NVC’s food shuttle

Meet Mingoy, NVC’s food shuttle

Where there are hungry children in the Philippines, there’s no mountain high enough, no valley low enough, no river wide enough to keep Mingo from getting to empty stomachs to nourish and sustain. But beginning February 17, 2019, NVC can do its job a lot faster with the inauguration of its food shuttle, Mingoy. It’s the product of many years of dreaming and planning, with funding from J.A.Jalandoni Foundation, Inc., Super Lucky Beagler, Inc., and other donors who wish to remain anonymous. 

Negros-based artist Anika Marie Loquite turned Mingoy into a moving mural with the help of large-format printer Outdoormaster.

Soup Kitchen

With a kitchen right in the bus, Mingoy serves as a mobile base for the preparation of Mingo Meals for young children, as well as hot meals for adults in need. The ktichen is positioned right next to a wide service window that makes Mingoy an effective and efficient distribution center. 

Mingoy can travel where it’s needed within the whole of Negros Island, and as far as neighboring islands Cebu and Panay via roro for emergency relief.

Chef Richard Ynayan, Director of the Institute for Culinary Arts at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod, helped us design a working mobile kitchen.

Food Bank

Mingoy is also an outlet for the Good Food Grocer, the food bank project of Rise Against Hunger Philippines. NVC serves as the local implementer in Negros Occidental. The Good Food Grocer sources donations of near-expiring packaged food products in good condition, which are resold at lower prices to marginalized communities. When Mingoy is on the road, it’s also a rolling store for the food bank, too. When it first opened, stocks were wiped out!

Mingoy is going places, so watch out for more news about our future journeys!