Care for Real, a food pantry in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, has done more than just extend a hand to people in need. Since February, the food pantry has also fed approximately 100 pets per month.
Pantry workers came up with the idea upon realizing that many of their patrons were also devoted pet owners who often had to choose between buying food for themselves or food for their pets. The effort was spearhead by Patti Colandrea, owner of Bark Bark Club.
Patti’s New Year’s resolution was to help more people so she took the idea to local veterinarians and pet food stores who have graciously provided the free food needed to stock the pet food pantry on a continual basis.
Pantry staff and patrons say that the program has made a positive impact in a big way and that the pet guardians they have helped have been extremely grateful.
There is also another organization in Chicago providing emergency assistance to families with pets called the PAWS Pet Food Bank. Their mission is provide emergency assistance to pet guardians who are facing unemployment, foreclosure, or other financial crises, thus enabling them to keep their pets. To learn more about this program visit their website PawsChicago.com
Here in Chicago we are so lucky to have so many great organizations willing to help pets (and humans) in need.