Pet Food Pantries Prove Essential During the Pandemic



The COVID 19 Pandemic in March of 2020 brought a nationwide shutdown, resulting in schools being closed and offices shuttered. People lost their jobs and there were long lines at food pantries around the country. Pet food can be expensive and is usually not distributed as part of human food pantries.


But three pet food pantries in the Roanoke Valley have provided food and supplies for the beloved animals of those in need even before the pandemic began.


Angels of Assisi’s Pet Food Pantry


Angels of Assisi’s Pet Food Pantry started nearly a decade ago in an effort to keep people and their pets together.


“Our pet food pantry provides over 30,000 pounds of dog and cat food to the community annually, and we have seen the need increase greatly during the pandemic”, says Dana Reynolds, Angels’ Director of Communications.


She says the food pantry is open to anyone who needs food for their pets. It’s completely run by community donations.


The pantry is open during the shelter’s business hours, Monday through Saturday from 8:30am to 6pm. There is curbside service and Reynolds says a hostess will come to your vehicle to assist you.


“We are so thankful we can help people and pets in the community through our pet food pantry. This is truly a full circle operation with the community giving back to the community.”


P. E. T. Community Outreach Program


The Roanoke Valley SPCA’s P. E. T. (Pets Eat Too) Community Outreach Program began in 2007 as a partnership with Meals