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A successful emergency food program

June 28, 2012

We have just received a nice note from a lady in Boston, who needed dog food, since she was in dire straits.


Thank you… Thanks so much for making my day… I really appreciate what Phinney’s Friends did to give my dog some food. “Puddles” and I are quiet lucky to have a non-profit agency help with the dog food. Have a great 4th.

When Phinney’s Friends launched its emergency food program, approximately a year ago, the challenge was so great that sometimes we thought it impossible. We are a very small nonprofit with very limited resources — no office, no place to store items, few volunteers. But we are determined, and we were able to find some extraordinary volunteers, like Stephanie, who have been delivering a lot of pet supplies to pet owners in need.

I should say first that none of this would be possible without the generosity of PETCO Foundation. They have provided the bulk of the food donations we get through the successful bin program they have established some time ago. PETCO stores have huge metal bins where people donate pet food and supplies, and some of the bins in the Boston area are assigned to Phinney’s Friends.

Volunteers come collect the food, take it to other volunteers’homes, where the items are sorted, then other volunteers come transport it to whoever needs it. Our volunteers also have to receive and answer all the requests, and organize the delivery.

It’s been a lot of work. But we wouldn’t have done it any other way. We have been feeding so many animals, and even helping families with pet carriers and crates, pet winter clothes, leashes, collars, beds, dishes and bowls, and many other necessary items. Also, none of the food and supplies ever go to waste. Whatever we cannot distribute among our clients, we redirect to a network of food pantries and shelters that we know and admire.

Now we desperately need to grow our group of volunteers, and especially find people who are willing to help us manage all the calls and requests. So, if you feel that is something you would like to do, please send us an email through the website. You would help us turn a successful emergency food program into and even better one. And more pets and low-income families will get the help they need to get by.

– Daniela Caride, President of the Board

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