The founders, Sandy and Kylie, both had careers in social work and public relations. With the declining economy, they witnessed the need for charity every day. However, they couldn’t help noticing that while there were many organizations providing assistance to families in need of food, clothing, and housing, one family member in particular was continually overlooked – the family pet.
Unfortunately, many families are forced to surrender their pets due to unforeseen circumstances. That’s why Sandy and Kylie made it their mission to ensure that their families would be able to feed their pets. They began distributing pet food on the stoop of a small restaurant, and in August 2010, they gave more than 300 pounds of pet food.
Bi-State Pet Food Pantry operates solely on volunteers’ time and efforts with five board members and nearly 50 volunteers. In 2017, they assisted an average of 200 families each month and distributed over 186,000 pounds of food. When families fall on hard times, Bi-State Pet Food Pantry is happy to know that they can help them care for their four-legged family members!
Our mission is to keep animals and their guardians together during financially difficult times by providing emergency assistance with pet food.
Jacqui Zancanata – President
Cindy Campbell – Vice President
Beth Roe – Secretary
Brad Pierce – Treasurer
Kathy Jarowicz – Director
Rochelle Balentine- Volunteer Coordinator
Lisa Bielicke- Bagging Coordinator
Faith Tyler- Distribution Coordinator
Jen Naeger- Donation Site Coordinator
Bi-State Pet Food Pantry is a 501( c )3 non-profit organization.
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