Our initial program has been in cooperation with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, where we currently have 120 food pantries participating in this initiative. Approximately 4,400 households benefit from this program by receiving free dog food on a year-round basis.
We are currently in cooperation with Long Island Cares and the Baxter program who have participating 275 pantries in addition to four centers dedicated solely for dog food and related supplies.
The Caplan-Bensley Foundation (CBF) believes that the most cost-effective distribution channel to help those in need is through food banks that are part of the Feeding America program and their network of food pantries. With this objective, we will be initiating similar programs with other Food Banks that are members of the Feeding America program.
We have formulated and developed efficient means for providing dog food to needy families, and are compatible with existing human food accounting and distribution practices. By establishing audit and controls we are best able to channel grant awards to participating pantries.
Ronnie Honigsbaum, CBF board member and Jazzy’s Place food pantry volunteer observes first hand:
“Providing free dog food to people may not sound like much, but when you see the relief in the eyes of people as they pick up the food then you realize the pain and worry of being in a situation where you are struggling to provide your pet with food. We want to take this weight off people’s shoulders, let them know that they can come to Jazzy’s Place to get dog food, and that they will not have to surrender their dog to a shelter or let it go hungry for lack of resources. I am really proud of what we are doing, we are showing people someone truly cares about what they are going through and understands the love they have for their pets, and we are making sure those pets stay safe by their owner’s side."