Through a new partnership, Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George’s County, Md., has provided nearly three tons of Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food to local shelters and food banks. The donation, which equates to about 24,000 meals, is part of the pet food company’s Fill A Bowl Feed A Soul (FABFAS) program.
“The Joint Base Andrews commissary was honored to be chosen as a donation site for the Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food Company’s Fill A Bowl Feed A Soul program,” said Flecia Gardner, acting commissary director at Andrews Air Force Base. “What a wonderful program to have for pet parents in our community. Joint Base Andrews commissary not only participated in the pet food donation but was able to also collect human food donations for our partners at the Capital Area Food Bank.”
FABFAS is a national campaign that targets the donation of one million meals for shelter pets annually.
“Chicken Soup for the Soul’s FABFAS program was created to help feed pets in need nationwide,” said Ed Uebele, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food, which is based in Cos Cob, Conn. “We are so proud to work with those at Andrews Air Force Base who not only identified the need, but helped to organize the donation of our pet food to these incredible organizations. We believe that every pet should enjoy the benefits of premium nutrition. Healthy pets are happy pets and more readily adoptable.”
Recipients of the donation included Capital Area Food Bank, Show Your Soft Side, Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Animal Allied Rescue Foundation and Saving Grace of Maryland.
“During these trying times we not only want to help those pets waiting to be adopted, but also assist those families that may be struggling to make ends meet,” said Jeanne Blandford, senior director of marketing for Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food. “Families need to stay together to support and comfort one another. That is what families do. And since pets are family members and are such a huge support system, we all need to do our part. A family should never have to surrender their pet because they cannot afford their food.”