St. Louis Area Foodbank to Receive Semi Truckload of 39,900 Pounds of Donated Pet Food – Nearly 190,000 Meals – from PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ Program

Pet Food Is a Rare Offering at Food Banks and Pantries; Pet Families in Need Often Feed Human Food to Pets or Face Impossible Decision to Surrender Pets; Massive Pet Food Donation Aimed at Feeding Hungry Pets in Need, Keeping St. Louis-Area Pets with their Families

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What:

     

The St. Louis Area Foodbank is about to receive its largest pet food donation in its 42-year history. A 53-foot semi truck loaded with nearly 190,000 pet food meals, nearly 40,000 pounds, will be distributed Friday, Sept. 8, to various agencies who will come by the St. Louis Area Foodbank to pick up loads of the 38-pound bags.

 

This significant pet food donation is from PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program, where for every bag of dog or cat food purchased in its 1,500-plus stores or online through Dec. 31, 2017, the retailer will donate a meal to a pet in need. Through this historic program, which PetSmart launched in celebration of its 30th anniversary this year, it expects to donate 60 million meals* – nearly 13 million pounds – to pets in need at hundreds of animal welfare agencies across North America, as well as human food banks, pantries and meal programs, where pet food is a rare offering.

 

Pet food is a rare offering at food banks and pantries across America, and pet families in need often feed their pets human food that may already be scarce for their family, or face the impossible decision of surrendering their pet because they can’t afford to feed them.

 

And yet, studies show that people need their pets more than ever when facing life’s challenges. The human-animal bond is a powerful source of unconditional love and support for families. In fact, in a recent PetSmart Charities-commissioned survey, 94 percent of respondents agreed that pets are essential to maintaining good mental and physical health. That’s why PetSmart, together with its nonprofit partner PetSmart Charities, wants to help keep people and pets together through this massive pet food donation that will help St. Louis families who may rely on food banks or pantries to now have access to delicious, nutritious food for their four-legged friends.

 

To get the significant pet food donation to hundreds of agencies in local markets across North America, like the St. Louis Area Foodbank, PetSmart is working with nonprofit partner PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, which is teaming up with GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Bank program and Feeding America, two renowned national nonprofit organizations. These organizations are getting the pet food quickly and efficiently to hungry pets in need.

 

The St. Louis Area Foodbank is the only Feeding America affiliate food bank in the region and supports 500 nonprofit agencies such as food pantries and meal programs across the St. Louis metro area. Now the Foodbank will help feed hungry pets too!

 
Two additional semi truckloads of donated pet food from PetSmart will be delivered later this year and into 2018.
 

When:

Friday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. – noon
 

Where:

St. Louis Area Foodbank
70 Corporate Woods Drive
Bridgeton, MO 63044

Photo Ops:

• Local PetSmart store team helping load up nonprofit agencies’ trucks with the 38-pound bags of donated pet food. These nonprofit agencies operate food pantries and meal programs, and are served by the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

• The volume of pet food donated – pallets stored at St. Louis Area Foodbank.

 

Interviews:

• St. Louis Area Foodbank agency partners sharing what this donation means to the clients they serve in the local St. Louis area.

• St. Louis Area Foodbank representative commenting on the local impact of this significant pet food donation.

• PetSmart and PetSmart Charities discussing the Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program and its impact on pets in need.

 

Call to Action:

• People in the local St. Louis area can continue to help pets in need through PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program – buy bags of dog and cat food at PetSmart and the retailer will donate a meal to a pet in need for every bag sold.

 

Contact:

Virginia Hock

 

469.680.2611

 

vhock@golin.com

or

PetSmart Media Line

623-587-2177

 

For more information on the Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program, please visit PetSmart.com/giveameal.

About the St. Louis Area Foodbank

The St. Louis Area Foodbank began its service to the community in 1975. Since that time, the organization has grown to become the bi-state region’s largest nonprofit 501(c)(3) food distribution center dedicated to feeding those in need. Through a network of 500 partner agencies in 26 counties in Missouri and Illinois, the Foodbank distributes over 42 million pounds of food and personal care items annually. More than 392,000 people in the bi-state region rely on the Foodbank for assistance each year. For more information on the organization and the issue of hunger, please visit STLFoodbank.org.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart® Doggie Day Camp® and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, invite more than 3,000 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.4 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, OnlyNaturalPet.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017*. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired Chewy.com, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.

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*Ends 12/31/17. 5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities to feed dogs and cats in need. See details at petsmart.com/giveameal. The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags sold. The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar time periods. No guaranteed amount. Rescue Bank and Feeding America will help distribute a large portion of the pet food donation in the U.S., while four large animal welfare agencies will distribute it in Canada.

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row -- placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

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Contacts

For PetSmart, Inc.
Virginia Hock, 469-680-2611
vhock@golin.com
or
PetSmart Media Line
623-587-2177

Contacts

For PetSmart, Inc.
Virginia Hock, 469-680-2611
vhock@golin.com
or
PetSmart Media Line
623-587-2177