"At the start of lockdown we heard from lots of people regarding their struggles for food, and some requests even came in for pet food too."
Back writing's our Wellbeing Officer Tammy, who this week shares how a few conversations helped source food for pets across Adur and Worthing.
Read Tammy's latest story below… 👇
At the start of lockdown we heard from lots of people regarding their struggles for food. Not only to be able to collect food, but for many, a struggle to afford food.
Thankfully, with the help of our local food banks, food parcel initiatives and mutual aid groups, we were able to help. However, we did have a few requests for pet food which isn't usually something people donate, so this required trying to source it.
I am lucky that I wear a few different hats in my life and know quite a lot of people. The first time a request for pet food came in, I called up my fellow blogger, Russ the Dog Warden… he doesn't actually have a last name, he is just Russ the Dog Warden!
Anyway, he managed to donate some of his own dog food after one of his dogs sadly passed away. Russ' donation solved the initial emergency but didn't give us more food for any other requests.
It was only when I was wearing my football hat (not literally) and I was chatting about my current work role, when someone mentioned to me that one of our football officials worked in a pet food distribution centre. So I thought I would pop a cheeky request in and see if they could help!
And along came SuperHero Steve! Steve works for Peticular Pet Supplies who are based in Hassocks and he kindly said he would raid the warehouse and see what they could find, and he did not disappoint! A few weeks later, I took delivery of a mixture of wet and dry dog and cat food which I gave to Russ the Dog Warden (hehe) where he will give it to those who need it the most.
Read Russ's next blog (next week on 21st July 2020) to find out what he plans on doing with the food…