Pet Food

New pet food pantry to help those in need with furry family members

For community members struggling with food insecurity, concerns over their pets’ needs are at the forefront. Some may go without food themselves to ensure their pets have a meal, or they may share their human food with their animals. Some may even relinquish a beloved animal to friends or family, or even surrender them to a shelter, in times of struggle.

The Humane Society of Summit County (HSSC) works to create a compassionate community, for both animals and people. To help community members struggling to feed their pets, HSSC has launched a new program to distribute emergency supplies of pet food to local food pantries. The goal is to support pet-owning neighbors through short and long-term financial challenges.

In December 2020, through a generous grant from the County of Summit and Akron Community Foundation, made available through federal CARES Act funding, HSSC provided over 25,000 pounds of dry dog and cat food to Summit County food pantries through a pilot program. Partner pantries distributed all the food, a month’s supply for nearly 3,000 pets, to in-need Summit County residents within only a few weeks. The need for these services is not isolated and food pantries quickly requested more on behalf of their clients.