Since early November, the Gulf Coastline Humane Culture has shifted its pet food stuff distribution initiatives from attending cell food items pantries to providing pet food stuff to standing meals pantries in Lehigh Acres and across Lee County.
“The cellular meals pantries in Lehigh and other parts of Lee County have been not as busy as through the onset of Covid, so we considered having the food items to the meals shelves at regional pantries would be a much more productive way to get it to the men and women who have to have it,” claimed Brian Wierima, Gulf Coast Humane Modern society Neighborhood Relations coordinator. “Right right before Thanksgiving, we dropped off in excess of 200 lbs . of pet food stuff to the Lehigh Acres United Way Household, so they then can hand out the food to their clientele who have animals.”
Aside from Lehigh Acres pantries, GCHS tends to make pet food stuff distribution drops to the pursuing foods pantries/companies (with a single 600-pound delivery in just one working day to 4 unique companies): Lehigh Acres United Way Residence, Community Cooperative (on MLK), Suncoast Estates Community Centre, Pine Manor Neighborhood Manor, Missionary for the Homeless (on MLK, close to the Flea Masters), RCMA of Immokalee and Delighted Homes and Hearts for Veterans of Fort Myers.
According to Wierima, the business also donates foodstuff to region animal expert services/shelters, this sort of as Moorehaven, Clewiston and Labelle.
“GCHS not long ago donated around 400 lbs . of pet foodstuff to RCMA of Immokalee.The organization distributes the donated pet foods to their clients who will need it all through the Immokalee region. To date, given that we commenced the Pet Food stuff 4 Furever Houses, we have handed out above 26 tons of pet meals given that April of 2020,” Wierema explained. “We proceed to have to have the community’s enable to retain packages like these likely and take meals donations for this method yr round.”
The Pet Food stuff 4 Furever Family members program was started immediately due to the fact of the Covid-19 pandemic disaster, which hit the United States in total drive in late March.
By early April, GCHS established the Pet Food items 4 Furever Families program, to assistance family members feed their animals, so they really do not need to have to owner-surrender to nearby shelters. With the plan, GCHS attends and drops off to neighborhood foodstuff pantries and hands out bagged cat or dog food stuff.
According to a GCHS press launch, The method is dependent on donations by the public and donors have stepped up considering that early April.
GCHS has handed out in excess of 20 tons of pet meals from April to the commencing of January, 2021. That selection was supplemented by generous grants by United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties, as effectively by Golisano Foundation with Bailey’s Pals.
Donations can be dropped off or purchased/delivered from Amazon, Chewy.com or any of these supply providers to: 2010 Arcadia Road, Fort Myers, Fl. 33916.
For extra information and facts on this software go to: www.gulfcoasthumanesociety.org/pet-food stuff-4-furever-family members.html or Gulf Coastline Humane Modern society: www.gulfcoasthumanesociety.org