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.