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Nonprofit provides ‘food stamps’ for pets

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — While the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program helps to keep some 50 million low-income Americans from going hungry, it excludes pet food, forcing many to give up their nonhuman family members. But a new program aims to alleviate the problem.

The Pet Food Stamps Program is a nonprofit group in New York that has a partnership with online pet products retailer PetFlow.com, whereby beneficiaries can receive a monthly home delivery of supplies for free.

In the fourth quarter of this year, the organization also plans to offer free or heavily discounted veterinary care for all qualified program beneficiaries as part of the program.

The New York Times has reported that unemployment, home foreclosures, evictions and other financial hardships have caused a sharp rise in the number of cats and dogs being surrendered to animal shelters, and Pet Food Stamps noted that most such animals will be put to sleep.

 

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Rite Aid Foundation awards $15,000 for Ala. vision-screening program

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid’s philanthropic arm has donated $15,000 to an organization that works with universities to develop social justice projects.

The Rite Aid Foundation announced the donation of the grant to Impact Alabama, based in Birmingham, Ala., which plans to use the grant to expand FocusFirst, a vision-screening program for children in Head Start classrooms and lower-income daycares across the state. The foundation previously awarded the group $15,000 in 2010.

"Poor vision adversely affects tens of thousands of children in our state each year, largely due to poor public awareness about the importance of eye care in young children and the inability of children to recognize their own vision problems," Impact America spokesman Stephen Black said. "These problems are heightened in families from facing financial hardships and a lack of access to appropriate medical care."

 

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Harris Teeter launches donation card campaign to support JDRF

BY Michael Johnsen

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter on Thursday launched a donation card campaign to support JDRF, a charitable funder of research toward curing, treating and preventing Type 1 diabetes and its complications.

“Harris Teeter wants to play a positive role in the communities in which it is located and is proud to host a donation card campaign on behalf of JDRF,” stated Catherine Becker, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “Our customers also are extremely generous, and our goal during this campaign is to not only raise money for the research programs JDRF funds, but also to increase awareness of the nonprofit’s role in improving lives and curing Type 1 diabetes.”

During the month of March, Harris Teeter customers at every Harris Teeter location will be able to make $1, $3 or $5 donations to JDRF at checkout. Similar community-based donation card campaigns hosted by Harris Teeter have raised more than $500,000 in a given month, the grocer reported.

Harris Teeter posted a short video message about JDRF and the donation card campaign on its site. 

 

 

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