Grocery Chain Starts Pet Food Donation Program

Shoppers can donate pre-packaged animal supplies to shelters.

Posted: November 01, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

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Homeless animals in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota are now getting a big helping hand for feedings.

The Bloomington, Minn., Festival Foods location is conducting a pilot program with the Minnesota Valley Humane Society to encourage customers to donate food to the animal shelter.

Shoppers at the Bloomington Festival Foods may purchase $5 pre-packaged grocery bags of supplies for animals. The supplies will then be donated to the Minnesota Valley Humane Society in Burnsville.

“We’re seeing this as the beginning of a great service for homeless animals. We’ve run food shelves for humans for a long time, and it seemed only natural to support our four-legged friends as well,” Festival Foods Director of Operations Tom Clasen said in a prepared statement.

The Bloomington program is a six-week trial, Clasen said. Festival Foods’ spokespeople say the company hopes to engage animal shelters for similar programs in areas near its other Twin Cities locations.

Click here for more information on the program.

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Philip    Duango, CO

4/12/2008 2:36:40 AM

Great Idea. Hope It "Goes National". Another Idea. How about a food bank for pets Program. The Current Economic "slowdown" is forceing a lot of folks to give up their pets. I would cut down on my own grocery shopping before I gave up a member of my family.

Di    Staunton, VA

11/1/2006 6:19:23 AM

This is a program that could benefit thousands of animals across the nation. The more people who work towards programs such as these, the more animals will survive, thrive, and hopefully find warm safe forever homes.

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