PetSmart Meets 60 Million Meal Milestone for its Pet Food Donation Program
PetSmart has met its goal of generating 60 million meals—6,384 tons—of pet food to help feed hungry pets in need across the U.S. and Canada through its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program, where for every bag of dog or cat food purchased online or in its 1,600 stores through Dec. 31, 2017, the retailer will donate a meal to a pet in need.
PetSmart launched the Buy a Bag, Give a Meal pet food donation program in celebration of its 30th anniversary, and with more than 60 million meals generated under the initiative, it is the biggest philanthropic effort ever in its 30-year history according to officials for the retailer, which has headquarters in Phoenix.
“We are thrilled to achieve our program goal of 60 million meals for our Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program with several weeks still left in this historic campaign,” said Joshua Kanter, PetSmart’s executive vice president of marketing and customer experience. “This program is generating impactful results, having already delivered more than 3,600 tons of pet food across hundreds of cities in the U.S. and Canada to help pets in need at shelters, as well as to pets who are with families in need served by food banks, pantries and meal programs.”
PetSmart will continue the donation of a pet food meal for every bag of dog or cat food purchased through Dec. 31, 2017. To get the 60-plus million meals of donated pet food to those that need it most, the retailer is working with nonprofit partner PetSmart Charities, which is teaming up with GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Bank program and Feeding America, two renowned national nonprofit organizations to help feed hungry pets in need across the U.S., as well as animal welfare agencies in Canada. The program provides pet food to human food banks, pantries and meal programs, where pet food is a rare offering. Now families in need can secure food for every member of the family, including their dogs and cats.
To date, PetSmart and its partners have delivered more than 35 million meals—3,684 tons of pet food—via 188 semi trucks to pets in need across the U.S. and Canada including a recent special delivery with Santa to the San Diego Humane Society and its PAWS program, which operates a pet food pantry to help pet families in need in the local area.