It is a first of its kind in Delaware County and it helping our four-legged friends with a new service.
The very first pet food pantry is open for business along North Broadway in Muncie. Once a month, the Liberty Tax Service office transforms into a pet food pantry.
On the pantry’s first day, more than 150 families with pets were given about a month’s supply of food. If they needed other things like leashes or medicine, they could also get them there.
Scott Mitchell, his sister and brother-in-law came up with the idea to start a pet food pantry and run it out of their tax service office. The building provides plenty of warehouse space to store the donated food and supplies.
With the help of the Muncie chapter of Action for Animals and its volunteers, the pantry’s first day was a huge success. Mitchell says it was a very busy day, but all for a good cause.
“We don’t want people to surrender their pets because they’re having a difficult time financially,” Mitchell told Fox59. “Our shelters are already packed full. They can’t handle any more. Thousands of pounds of food and supplies went out and we were happy to be able to help that many people here in Muncie and hope to continue to do so in the future.”
One of those people helped was Georgia Warfel, who cares for five pets.
“They took wonderful care of me and I deeply appreciate it,” she said.
Martha Strong with Action for Animals, Muncie, said the need is great in the area.
“Prices have gone up. The price of gas is very high and people don’t hardly have enough money to feed themselves much less their animals, so their animals have really been suffering,” she said.
The pantry is open on the third Thursday of every month from 1 p.m to 5 p.m.