Our findings have led us to understand that there is a gap of pet foodbank support in London and the south of England. Pet food isn’t always listed to foodbank clients as being available; some people can also be reluctant to ask for help to feed their pets and instead share their human food allocation with them. A balanced and nutritious diet is essential for the well-being of all family pets; so we’re stepping in to help ensure that this desperately needed resource is in place for those who are struggling to feed their pets during this crisis.
Norwood and Brixton foodbank serves the Lambeth and Croydon boroughs of London and is currently dispatching around 1,000 food boxes per month (of which around 100 include pet food), and is in dire need of pet food stock.
Boxes containing enough food for 3 meals across 3 days for all members of each household are picked, packed and dispatched to clients’ doorsteps from this warehouse. At the moment, support for family pets is more about what food donations they might have to hand to add to a box, rather than being able to provide what each pet needs.
Our team have visited both the warehouse and also an associated community hub, speaking with Project Lead Elizabeth Maytom and Hub Manager Mona Boateng.
This foodbank is aiming to be consistently able to provide separate pet boxes (at around £10 in value) containing enough food for 2 meals per day for 3 days, plus some extra dry food, dentals chews, treats, and perhaps a small toy. A dog owner herself, Elizabeth will be doing everything she can to prevent pet owners from being in a position of having to give up their beloved companions as a result of the cost-of-living crisis; and we are committed to supporting this initiative to help ensure that no pets go hungry and are able to remain in their loving homes.