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Roadside food banks help Thais get by in virus-stricken economy

Culture of charity fuels grassroots spread of 'happiness-sharing pantries'

About 1,400 of the free pantries, like this one in Bangkok, have sprung up across Thailand since early May. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- Over the past month, boxes with food and daily necessities have proliferated on streets across Thailand, cropping up near cafes and homes and in front of office buildings.

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