While VNA is well known for providing meals for the community’s “hidden hungry,” it also helps those same folks with their “best friends.” Due to being on a tightly fixed budget and/or being unable to physically care for their dog(s), cat(s), bird(s) or fish, they sometimes struggle to provide for their needs.
Thanks to a $2,500 grant from Meals On Wheels America, “funding will be used to provide food, supplies and care for the pets for area clients, which can often be a financial and physical challenges for clients to do on their own.”
Due to a donation from the former Banfield Charitable Trust, the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets will be able to provide $100,000 to 40 local Meal on Wheels programs and the VNA is one of the deserving recipients.
According to Meals on Wheels America President/CEO Ellie Hollander, “We know a pet’s companionship can significantly impact the physical health and mental well-being of homebound seniors for the better, but we also know that all too often, income restrictions or mobility limitations make it challenging for seniors to care for their pets without a helping hand. We’re thrilled that support from the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets program will enable VNA Meals on Wheels to provide pet food and other necessary services to local seniors to reduce some of that stress and make it easier for them to remain healthy and comforted at home with their beloved companions.”
If you would like to help support this program, VNA would love to hear from you.