Nashville, TN

Second Harvest partners with Friends of MACC to help pets fight hunger

Kelleigh Michanichou

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NASHVILLE, TN — Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, a non-profit organization that solves hunger issues, partners with Friends of MACC to distribute free pet food to families struggling to feed their pets.

Second Harvest and Friends of MACC distribute pet food at some of Second Harvest’s Drive-Thru, No Contact Mobile Pantries to families. Second Harvest and Friends of MACC ask individuals and families, who receive up to two weeks’ worth of fresh produce and non-perishable pantry staples, whether they need food for their pets or not.

“If a family is struggling to put food on their table, it is safe to say they are also struggling to feed any pets they may have,” said Sarah Spadavecchia, Safety Net Program Coordinator for Nashville Metro Animal Care & Control. “When this happens, families may try to surrender the animal to a local shelter, and our goal is to keep pets with their families.”

Friends of MACC, a group of volunteers that helps Metro Animal Care & Control (MACC) care for homeless animals in the shelter, has been working to decrease the number of abandoned animals.

“Many times, situations arise that are out of someone’s control, that makes it difficult to care for their animals—a lost job, housing issues, veterinary bills, etc.,” said Sarah. “Fortunately, we are positioned to provide free resources like pet food, financial assistance, and veterinary care. When a pet stays with their family, that is one less pet at the shelter and one less pet that needs to be re-homed.”

The joint distributions have distributed more than nine hundred bags of dog and cat food so far. Friends of MACC and Second Harvest plans for more joint distributions in the future.

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