ARF's FoodShare program was born in 1996 when several food manufacturers offered ARF discontinued or overstocked canned and dry food. This food was distributed to Meals on Wheels clients and local feral cat groups. As of 2002 pet food generously donated by Safeway Inc., has been distributed on a regular basis to low income residents and responsible feral guardians of Contra Costa County, California who have spayed and neutered their animals. The challenges faced by FoodShare clients, and Contra Costa County residents in general, have increased due to the worsening economic climate. With high foreclosure and unemployment rates, the need for ARF's FoodShare program has never been greater.
Allene B. of Antioch, California knows first hand the benefits of ARF's FoodShare program. Allene, 82 years old and on a limited income, lives with her disabled husband. Still, Allene acts as the guardian for eight household and seven feral cats and acknowledges the monthly donated dry cat food and litter from ARF, "I thank Tony La Russa and all of you in FoodShare daily."
Germaine M. of Byron, California is another grateful ARF FoodShare client. Germaine is recognized in her community as a spay/neuter crusader of feral cats. Currently she is the guardian of a feral population of 87, all of whom have been spayed or neutered to curb overpopulation. "Under the FoodShare program, I'm able to feed my cats better quality food. And because I'm not spending money out of pocket for food, I'm able to pay for more spaying and neutering of cats who are dumped in the community."
"Our FoodShare volunteers are the quiet ambassadors of ARF, providing food, a smile and a human connection to our clients - many of whom are elderly, disabled, and struggling with making ends meet," stated Kim Tarman, ARF's FoodShare Coordinator. With the support of Safeway and ARF volunteers, ARFâ€™s FoodShare program is improving the lives of people and pets alike.
ARF also provides spay/neuter support for FoodShare participants. Individuals who wish to apply for ARFâ€™s FoodShare program should call 925.256.1273, extension 463.
- Guardian and pet/s must reside in Contra Costa County, California
- Pets must be spayed and/or neutered (certificate required)
- Proof of household income and photograph identification
2012 â€“ 2013 ARF FoodShare Program Statistics
768 people helped
170,468 pounds of food delivered
5,970 pounds of litter delivered
5,201 cats and dogs fed
815 deliveries and pickups made by ARF volunteers
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