GreaterGood.org Delivers 36 Pallets of food to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Response to COVID-19 Economic Crisis
BOSTON, June 29, 2020 – The MSPCA-Angell announced today that it has received 36 pallets of pet food and animal care supplies from GreaterGood.org, a national nonprofit that protects people, pets and the planet. The food will immediately be distributed to food pantries across the Merrimack Valley to help feed pets belonging to families struggling with ongoing COVID-19 economic fallout.
The MSPCA will act as a distribution hub for food pantries such as Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities and the Merrimack Valley Elder Services Meals on Wheels program, who are intent on helping as many pet-keeping families as they can.
Pet owners looking for support across the Merrimack Valley—from Lawrence and Lowell to Amesbury, North Reading, Haverhill and Dracut—can visit www.mspca.org/foodpantries for a roster of food pantries that also distribute pet food.
“Massachusetts cities and towns may be re-opening, but there remains little relief for thousands of pet-keeping families directly impacted by the pandemic’s economic fallout,” said Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs at the MSPCA-Angell. “We’re grateful that GreaterGood.com continues to play a leading role in helping pet owners in our community and across Massachusetts.”
The donation effort is being conducted alongside GreaterGood.org’s national foster campaign, called #StayHomeAndFoster. More information about that program can be found at StayAtHomeAndFoster.org.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is creating an unprecedented animal sheltering crisis, while also affecting pet parents, so it is our duty to step in and offer assistance on a national level by creating a network of relief distribution centers with our local animal shelter partners while also supporting them,” said Liz Baker, CEO of GreaterGood.org. “Our goal is to provide local animal shelters and pet parents struggling financially with pet food and supplies so they can continue to care for the pets they love during this challenging and stressful time.”
Rescue Bank, a signature program of GreaterGood.org, will manage the distribution of these life-saving donations to the local shelters. GreaterGood.org’s nationwide donation effort is made possible with the support of long-time partners including Chewy, PetSmart Charities®, iHeartDogs, Purina, Mars Petcare, Rachel Ray Nutrish, RC Pets, Pet Adventures Worldwide, Vitakraft Sun Seed, Inc., and GreaterGood.com. For more information, readers can visit GreaterGood.org.
MSPCA Community Outreach Milestones
The GreaterGood.org food donation comes on the heels of milestone-smashing community support undertaken by the MSPCA in recent months. The organization has now delivered 275,000 pet meals to community food banks and individuals as well as more than 11,000 lbs of cat litter.