Meals On Wheels and Friends of Strays will deliver pet food to St. Pete's homebound seniors

And they need volunteers to do it.

click to enlarge Meals On Wheels and Friends of Strays will deliver pet food to St. Pete's homebound seniors
Network to End Hunger

While these last few COVID 19-filled months have brought hysteria when it comes to shopping, dining, and socializing, a silver-lining is the community coming together to help those in need. Whether it be toilet paper drive-thrus, mobile food pantries or a fridge stocked with free food (fridge got ixnayed by the City of Tampa, by the way, details incoming).

But what about our four-legged friends in need? Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger—TBNEH, a tri-county leader in hunger relief, research and program development—partnered up with Friends of Strays to provide pet food for Meals On Wheels St. Petersburg recipients through the new “Animeals” program. The monthly program kicks off on Monday, August 3, for homebound and seniors who need assistance feeding their pets.

According to a release from Network to End Hunger, St. Petersburg-ers  who receive Meals On Wheels and have companion animals can qualify to receive pet food through the Animeals program.

“At the core of the Meals on Wheels program is volunteers delivering nutritious food to the homes of homebound and seniors on Mondays and Wednesdays each week. The program provides recipients hot and frozen prepared meals, bottled water, fresh produce, and soon pet food assistance,” the statement adds.

Have the itch to add your name to the list of do-gooders? Volunteer drivers are needed each week to help deliver meals on Mondays and Wednesdays in the St. Petersburg area. Just a heads up, routes take about 60 minutes to complete. To find out how you can get involved, visit the website or call 813-344-5837. If you don’t have the time to make the drops, you can make a donation through, or swing by Friends of Strays to leave dry and canned cat and dog food at the back of the building seven days a week. Friends of Strays is located at 2911 47th Ave. N. in St. Pete.

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