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2011-06-15 / Business

Meals on Wheels receives grant

Meals on Wheels for Western New York, a nonprofit organization supporting the homebound elderly and disabled through home-delivered meals, has been awarded a $1,250 grant from the Banfield Charitable Trust.

The Portland, Ore. based organization with a mission of fostering the human-pet bond by supporting pet-related charities nationwide awarded Meals on Wheels for Western New York the “We All Love Our Pets” grant.

The funds will be designated to Ani-Meals, a program sponsored by the Buffalo Companion Animal Network. Ani-Meals is free program offered exclusively to program participants of Meals on Wheels. A two-week supply of dog or cat food is provided and packaged by the BuffaloCAN, and then delivered by Meals on Wheels volunteers during normal meal delivery.

“This grant goes beyond being able to provide food for pets,” said Benjamin A. Gair III, chief executive officer at Meals on Wheels for Western New York. “Often times when there is not enough money to purchase pet food, our recipients share their Meals on Wheels with their pets. This grant ensures that homebound seniors receive proper nutrition, as well as their pet companions.”

BuffaloCAN uses Eagle Pack pet food, a human-grade food, to help animals live longer lives with fewer medical problems. The organization accepts monetary donations to purchase pet food for Ani-Meals and other programs.

“Meals on Wheels and the Buffalo Companion Animal Network aim at keeping pets and their owners in the comfort of their homes.” Gair said.

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