Hearts Alive Village has expanded their Kendall’s Kupboard pet food bank to become the Disaster Distribution Center for the state of Nevada, thanks to food donations from GreaterGood.org and a grant for space and equipment from the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation.
While the Distribution Center opened in mid-April, they are still providing much needed assistance to pet owners. With unemployment reaching unbelievable heights, the need for pet food in Las Vegas has increased more than 10 times normal since the pandemic hit. The “drive thru” allows for no physical contact and an appointment is required to pick up needed pet food. Depending on demand, the distribution center is open several days a week.
This local distribution of pet food is part of a multi-million dollar nationwide donation effort that GreaterGood.org is executing to help pet communities across the United States impacted most by the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 pandemic is creating an unprecedented animal sheltering crisis, while also affecting pet parents,” said Liz Baker, CEO for GreaterGood.org.
Pictographics, a local business that has supported Hearts Alive Village since the beginning, donated space for storage with the rescue moving the donations to their own warehouse shortly thereafter. On April 8th, the first delivery arrived with 19 pallets (approximately 37,000 lbs.) of food. Local nonprofits, including Street Dogz, Homeward Bound, Animal Network, and Animal Help Alliance, have already received approximately 10,000 lbs. of food and more are being contacted now to assess their needs.
“We thank The Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation for recognizing the long term need in our community and helping to fund such an important program for the next year.” said Christy Stevens, Executive Director of Hearts Alive Village. “At a time when many families are financially insecure, this distribution center will help ensure no animal is surrendered due to a lack of food during these difficult months.”
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Individuals can enroll to receive pet food through at www.HeartsAliveVillage.org. An appointment will be scheduled and “drive thru” distribution will protect staff, volunteers, and recipients. The website will include information for those who also want to support the program with food or monetary donation.
About Hearts Alive Village
For more information, to make a donation, adopt, or volunteer, please call 702-595-0644, or visit HeartsAliveVillage.org. Follow us on Instagram @heartsaliveanimalrescue and Facebook at Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas.