This Dog’s name is Prince and he is the reason we started the nonprofit Baytown Animal Food Pantry Five years ago! We had noticed trays being left around on the ground outside or inside when we would deliver for The Meals on Wheels during Thanksgiving. So we asked Ron Parker (Director of the Meals On wheels) “is the food that bad?” He stated “No, the seniors feed the pets their food because either they are on a fixed income and can’t afford pet food all the time or not mobile and able to get out to get their pets food.”
So five year later with donations from the citizens of Baytown as well as outside of Baytown, Baytown business like Margaret’s sew and clean, Petco, and Our family at Faith Presbyterian Church, Banfield Charitable trust who we receive pet grants and A New Dawn Pet adoption in Deer Park we have been able to continue to deliver once a month to the seniors and their furry kids.
It requires 400 lbs of dry dog food and 200 lbs of dry cat food plus can food, litter and even goat food to do this once a month. I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the combination support.
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Food For The Furry Receives $1000.00 FROM MEALS ON WHEELS AMERICA TO SUPPORT CLIENT PET SUPPORT PROGRAM
Much-Needed Funding Helps Keep the Baytown Seniors and Their Pets Together
Baytown, Tx. , June 01, 2016 – Knowing that seniors with pets are 36% less likely to report loneliness and have 21% fewer doctor visits*, Food For The Furry is proud to announce that it has received a $1000.00 grant from Meals on Wheels America to support its client pet support program. Funding will be used to provide food, supplies and care for Food for the Furry seniors and their pets
This program is very important to the seniors and their pets because it is sometimes the only thing these seniors have as companions is their pets.
In total, Meals on Wheels America has granted $300,000 to 162 local Meals on Wheels programs through the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative this year. Funding is made possible in part through a donation from Banfield Charitable Trust (BCT), who in October of 2015, handed over all funding and grants administration responsibilities for their popular Pet Assistance Grant Program to Meals on Wheels America. To date, the grant program has distributed more than $2.1 million in funding and pet food donations to over 300 local Meals on Wheels programs across the nation.
“The Meals on Wheels Loves Pets initiative is just another way that Meals on Wheels can deliver so much more than just a meal,” said Meals on Wheels America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “Through grant funding, educational opportunities and in-kind donations for our member programs, we hope to grow current pet programs and help those looking to start new ones.”
The Food for the Furry program is to ensure that the seniors get to keep possibly their only companion! Our mission is to supply them with food, medication, litter, and anything else they need. Some need help due to a fix income or not mobile to go out and get their selves. That’s where we step in to ensure they don’t have to worry about where their pets next meal is coming from!
About Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.