PetSmart Rolls Out Pet Food Donations Nationwide
The first of four pet food donation waves is underway as a result of PetSmart’s philanthropic Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program, where for every bag of dog or cat food purchased online or in its 1,500-plus stores through Dec. 31, the retailer will donate a meal to a pet in need. Through the program, PetSmart expects to donate 60 million meals to pets in need at hundreds of shelters and rescues across North America, as well as human food banks, pantries and meal programs, where pet food is a rare offering.
To get the food to pets in need, the retailer is working with nonprofit partner PetSmart Charities, which is teaming up with GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Bank program and Feeding America, two national nonprofit organizations, to deliver the donation immediately to pets in need across the U.S., as well as animal welfare agencies in Canada.
Three 53-foot semi trucks will arrive in New York City, while three more semi trucks will roll in to Los Angeles today showcasing PetSmart’s coast-to-coast pet food donation. Over the next four weeks, a total of 92 semi truckloads will arrive in 70 cities in 31 states and three Canadian provinces carrying 17 million meals—more than 3.6 million pounds—to help feed hungry pets in need across North America.
PetSmart launched the Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program in celebration of its 30th anniversary.
“The Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program is simple. Shoppers can buy any bag of dog or cat food, any size, any brand, and we’ll donate a meal to a pet in need,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer at PetSmart. “Together we have already generated nearly 30 million meals and are confident we’ll hit our goal of 60 million meals. We’re just getting started with this first wave of truck deliveries, with three more massive semi truck deliveries planned into 2018.”
During this first big pet food delivery wave now underway, 92 semi trucks will deliver food meals to shelters, rescues and food banks across the U.S. and Canada. Three similarly sized truck deliveries are expected later this year and into 2018.
The pet food is made at PetSmart’s vendor partner American Nutrition Inc. (ANI) in Ogden, Utah, where semi trucks filled with 50 pallets each of donated pet food will roll out every weekday now through Sept. 14 for this delivery wave. Each weekday across the six weeks, trucks will leave ANI with more than 561,792 pet food meals on board totaling nearly 109,700 pounds.
The semi trucks loaded with the donated pet food will be arriving in cities across North America including New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Honolulu, Fargo, N.D., Houston, Phoenix, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Fla., San Diego, Detroit, Austin, Texas and points in between.