Summer 2010: Times were tough and getting tougher, and not just at our house. Unemployment, financial losses, foreclosure, was that all the 10:00 news had to offer? I was about to tune out when I heard…what's that? Somebody is giving away pet food? To keep the pets at home and out of shelters? Stay tuned.
Fall 2010: With unemployment benefits exhausted, I found myself in the (now very long) line of recipients at the Bi-State Pet Food Pantry. I filled out paperwork, presented proof of need, and gratefully waited my turn to accept pet food and compassion. As I left I vowed to repay these angels - the very minute I landed my next great job.
Spring 2011: Still no job, great or otherwise. Pet Food Pantry, meet your newest volunteer! Sweat equity!
"Keeping Pets and People Together" is the Pantry's Motto and what the Pantry does. With the growing need for help, the distribution line grow longer every month. And yet, the pantry always comes through and in the process, treats volunteers and recipients alike with respect, friendship and a large dose of humor.
As a client served as well as a (new) volunteer I can tell you that these people are angels. That is a word frequently heard from people in line waiting to receive, or who have just received, a month's supply of pet food that will enable them/us to keep their pets as they battle these tough economic times.
The Pantry is a wonderful oganization filled with people that actually care about folks in our community and their pets. I am so proud to be a part of Bi-State Pet Food Pantry. The volunteers are spectacular...always stepping up to help. It is one of the best feeings in the world to help others and their pets.
Bi-State Pet Food Pantry is an amazing organization that allows people to stay with their animals. In this economy so many people can't afford to feed their pets alone themselves. Not only to we help keep their animals fed, it helps them from doing desperate measures like letting them out on the streets or taking to the Humane Society. I am so proud to be apart of this amazing group!
This organization is for the "Familys" of animal lovers. What a fantastic idea that needs a larger platform to really propel this great cause into the lime-light. Since, I have known the creators of this pantry, they have always had the goal of the animals in mind and have never varied from it. The Animals Welfare of 2012 is a strong sentence that needs to keep going well into the year and for years to come. I am a proud follower of this charity and good friend to them when they send out the call.
What can I say about this place? They do absolutely great work in the community. They help keep pets with their guardians during financially difficult times. This means less animals abandoned and less animals in shelters. What's not to like about that? All of the people that volunteer here really do care about their community.
The unconditional love given by a beloved dog, cat, or other furry or feathered friend is a positive force when life is good, but especially when times get rough. To have to give up your pet because you have hit a rough patch can make everything so much worse. The work of BI-State Pet Food Pantry allows individuals and families to keep their pets by providing pet food to those in need. This is an important organization, not just because they are preventing animals from going hungry or being put in to the pet adoption system, but because the service they provide enables the human owners to continue to give and receive the love of their pets at a time when they really need it.
The people who started and run this charity are truly passionate about helping keep people keep their pets during hard times. It's great, the work they do for animals but, they also provide much more than that. To a lot of people, pets are their family and some people actually NEED their pets. Pets have been shown to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives. So, in short, the Bi-State Pet Food Pantry helps just as many people as they do their pets. Wonderful charity to give your time, money or food to. Great people with big hearts doing a lot of work to keep families together.
Truly great grassroots charity, built from the ground up. Love what they do for the community, I have donated before and will definitely donate again.
Bi-State Pet Food Pantry is a great resource for the St. Louis area. Helping people keep their pets is an amazing feeling. I could never imagine choosing between my bills or feeding my pets. Bi-State helps solve that dilemma for many families. The pantry has several ways people can volunteer, so there is something for everyone. Bi-State is a great organization that I am proud to be a volunteer for.
The founders and volunteers do an incredible job of serving their recipients with respect and keeping their goal in mind. Their noble mission is to keep all family members together even during rough economic times. They truly inspire me with their donation/volunteer based structure & strong, determined conviction. Keep up the great work Bi-State!