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Pet Food Banks

Some cat feeding facts to be aware of:

Most cats need between 200 and 250 kcals per day.  Most 5.5oz cans of cat food have 195 kcals.  Many dry cat foods have upwards of 550 kcal/cup.  That would mean only a 1/2 cup of dry food/day for an adult cat.

February 2011 – ACCT is now distributing free pet food to low income pet owners.  Pet food give- away events are held on the first  and third Saturdays of the month, from 12 to 2 pm.  Dog and cat food  is available for pick-up, by appointment, Monday through Friday.  The ACCT Pet food Pantry is located at 111 W. Hunting Park Avenue.  Please bring: photo ID, proof of low income and proof of spay / neuter surgery on your pet.  There will also be referrals available for free or low cost spay/neuter. Call 267-385-3800 or email

Citizens for a No Kill Philadelphia and its partners offer free pet food to low income pet owners at their monthly community events.  Go to!community-pet-pantry/c1gt8   for more information.

Providence Animal Center in Media, PA has a pet food bank program that operates  in conjunction with Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. For more information call 610-566-1370   or email:   .

The Chester County Pet Food Pantry has grown into the Animal House Project.  It is now located in a larger facility in Pottstown.   They are still helping people keep their pets at home & out of shelters by distributing free pet food and pet care items.  They now serve Berks, Chester and western Montgomery counties and offer some pet services in addition to food.  Applicants in crisis or within 200% of federal poverty level qualify for assistance. Call 484-558-0467   or

Henry’s Cupboard is opening on February 12, 2015, at the Chester County SPCA, to help  provide pet food for low income families with pets.  The food pantry is open on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Jesus Focus Ministry,  1150 Bristol Road,  Churchville PA  (215-953-2000)  has a food pantry which offers pet food provided by Sam’s Hope. .  The other food banks that Sam’s Hope supplies with pet food are: Harvest Ministries at Cornwells UM Church (Bensalem),  Coordinating Council of Health and Welfare Emergency Food Cupboard (Warminster), Sheperds Shelf Food Emergency Food Cupboard (Kulpsville)

Pet Aid in Montgomery County (PA)  –   If you are experiencing financial difficulties and need help in feeding your pet, call Rhonda Thomas at 610-825-0111.  Calls are confidential.  The Ani-Meals program of the Humane Society of Berks County also operates in Montgomery county.

Paws To Heart, a small  rescue in Bensalem PA, will support financially struggling pet owners in Northeast Philadelphia and Bucks County, with pet food during hard times. Application at:

The Lord’s Pantry of Downingtown is a food bank for people that also has donated pet food. 141 E. Lancaster Avenue, 610-873-1149

The Pet Food Pantry, in West Trenton NJ,  is another source of pet food for pet owners in need.  They only serve the greater Mercer County region, but that does extend into Bucks County PA.   Learn more at:       Also see:

Kibble Cupboard of Southern New Jersey (Egg Harbor)- a group trying to help low-income families, the elderly, the disabled and the homeless keep their pets by providing food, litter and other basics.

Angels of God Clothing Closet, in Pitman NJ,  has added the Angels pet food pantry.  Please call 856-625-8652 to set up an application appointment. (March 2015)

Ocean County Pet Food Pantry  in Jackson N.J.

A pet food bank in Trenton NJ   – Basils Buddies

Companion Animal Advocates “Operation Feed A Pet” is supplying pet food to the clients of Center For Food Action in Saddle Brook, Ringwood and Mahwah NJ.

Oakland Animal Hospital in  Oakland NJ is distributing pet food to elderly and infirm pet owners who are receiving Meals On Wheels (Phone: 201-337-7090)    In Burlington County New Jersey, the Helping Hands Food Pantry, part of the Christian Fellowship Church of New Egypt, is a source of pet food for any pet owners in need.  .

The Monmouth County SPCA (In Eatontown NJ) operates a pet food pantry.  732-542-5342

Bear Necessities Pet Pantry wants to help those having problems getting money together to purchase food for their pet.  Though they are located in West Chester, they are helping pet owners in other areas.  Email them at or call 484 – 840 –  6795     for details.

There is a small pet food collection and distribution program (the Emmett Food Fund) operating in Lower Bucks county. .In the summer of 2009, Best Friends Animal Sanctaury ran a pet food drive in conjunction with Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Prospect Park.

Pet food resources from Banfield Charitable Trust:

 Best Friends Animal Society has compiled a list of all the food banks in the country that they know of.    If still available, it was previously downloaded at:

A helpful tool to compare the quality of various pet foods:

The Pennsylvania SPCA was giving pet food to the owners of any spayed/neutered  pets.  Call the PSPCA to see if the program is still operating. (215) 426-6300

Not sure if Ariels’ Angels pet food pantry is currently operating.  Check at:   267-581-4955  or      Also call or write  if you have pet food to donate.

The no-kill shelter, Safe Haven (in Sussex county),  has closed, so is no longer providing services.

November 2014 – It appears that Pet Food Stamps is closed down     April 2014 – Doubts are surfacing about the operation of Food Stamps for Pets. It is not clear if applicants are receiving any pet food.

February 2013 – a nation-wide program called Food Stamps for Pets begins.  Based on donations, Food Stamps for Pets is meant to help low income pet owners keep their pets.  Application is currently only online. Mail applications will be accepted after the program has made the move to its new offices.   Once verified, pet owners will receive pet food once a month through retailer, Pet Flow. 

A December 2010 Philadelphia Inquirer article shares information about more pet food banks in the region:

2011 – PETCO has begun a pet food collection program, part of their ‘We Are Family’ initiative.  Each PETCO store is working with a local animal welfare group , or a human food bank with a pet food component, to distribute collected food to pet owners in need.  If you could use some assistance with food for your pet, ask your local PETCO which group they are working with and how to contact them.   PETCO reports that 110 tons of pet food and litter have been donated since the program began in March 2010.


Petco stores plan to create ties to local Pet Food banks.

Some informal pet food drives have and continue to take place.  In 2010, the Lower Bucks Dog Training Club collected pet food and donated it to the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Bristol PA.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. francine odom permalink
    June 7, 2013 6:33 pm

    what are the requirements that would make me eliagble for pet food stampss i am on social security disability

  2. December 22, 2013 2:19 pm

    I am so glad there r other pet food pantries. I have at the time i have help now. With the pet food towards the end of the month. So i thank-you.

  3. March 25, 2014 3:33 am

    I just want to thank the person(s) who throught up the idea of pet food pantry and for the ones who donate litter etc. A great big thank you. I wouldn’t be alive/living if my babies(cats) they r my lifeline. I would slowly die. So again thank you.

  4. Jacqueline Stanley permalink
    July 1, 2014 2:47 pm

    I’m on disability and I have. A rotti and 2 cats but I can’t afford dog and cat food for my animals trying to support 3 ppl on my income I don’t want to turn them in but this is hurting me not to be able to feed them.

    • August 6, 2014 6:04 pm

      Do you live in Philadelphia ? There should be several ways you can get pet food if you do. Sam’s Hope might help if you live in Montgomery or Bucks county. Pet food is becoming available in more places around the country.

    • August 8, 2014 1:23 pm

      this is for Jacqueline Stanley here is a email address that will help you in montgomery county or bucks. and i believe also potshtown too. just send her an email. the person name is marybeth. she will send you an apptcation to fill out and send what is asked from you to send. send copies. because they keep it on file. i get help to from them. they are very nice. good luck.


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