Changes to Pet Food Pantry
Pardon our dust as we make changes to the Prince William SPCA’s Pet Food Pantry Program. Since 2009 when the pantry opened, we have provided thousands of pounds of pet food to hundreds of needy families in the region. Over the last few months, we have carefully reviewed the program and decided to make changes to improve the service and best use the food donations we receive from generous businesses and residents. The Manassas City Animal Adoption Center, the original location of the pantry, has closed and our volunteers are focusing resources on the new program. During this transition, anyone needing food assistance should contact the Prince William SPCA directly so we can assess your needs and get your pets the right support during the transition period. We want no pets to go hungry now or ever.
In early March 2017, the new phase of the program began to include pet food donations to SERVE’s food assistance program. Regular deliveries of pet food are now being made to their Dean Drive location. This pantry is not open to walk ins and pet food can only be given as part of the larger food donation program. To find out of you qualify for this program, call SERVE at 571.748.2680.
Later this year, we expect to expand to other pantries around the community. We hope to have additional locations open by the fall of 2017 and welcome new partnerships with interested organizations.
There is great need for drivers who can pick up pet food from local businesses and drop off at a central location. If you would like to volunteer for this program, visit the volunteer page here. We are also looking for additional pet food pantry locations. If you work or volunteer for a church that already has a “people food” pantry and you would like to expand it to include pet food, email us! firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Pantry
The Prince William SPCA offers the only pet food assistance program in the greater Prince William County region. The pantry is public funded and receives no subsidies from county, state or federal government agencies. Volunteers collect pet food and deliver it to the pantry as well as to homeless camps in our community.
How to Start a Pet Food Collection
Neighborhoods, churches, schools and workplaces are great resources for pet food collection drives. They can be held any time of year and coordinated by anyone. Parents, teachers or scout leaders should note that collecting donations for the pantry is a fantastic way to get children and teens involved with helping animals, especially during the summer months.
What to Donate
Donations of gift cards from Wal-Mart, Target, Wegmans, and other stores where pet food is sold may be mailed directly to the Prince William SPCA at PO Box 6631, Woodbridge, VA 22195. Make a cash donation to support the pantry here:
Helping Local Homeless Camps
In December 2014, the PWSPCA expanded its pet food pantry program to include deliveries to the homeless camps in our communities. Our volunteers work with the Woodbridge Homeless Outreach‘s operation distributing the pet food at the Bungalow Ale House in Woodbridge on Saturdays. A big thanks to the Gainesville Wegmans for supporting this program with their ongoing donations of pet food. If you would like to help, volunteers are needed to pick up donations and deliver them bi-monthly to the meet up location. This is a great project for youth groups! If you can help, please see our volunteer sign up page.
History of the Pantry
In June 2009, the Prince William SPCA opened its community pet food pantry. Since then local families have relied on the service to help feed their pets. The pantry receives no subsidy from state, city, federal or county agencies and relies entirely on the public to stock its shelves. The program is not meant to be a long-term solution for feeding any family’s pet, but rather a helping hand when times are tough. We hope that everyone who uses this program will give back to it when their circumstances change. The original Pet Food Pantry was located in the front lobby of the Manassas City Animal Adoption Center. The PWSPCA volunteers thank the shelter and its staff for administrating and allowing space for this program from 2009-2016.