Pets to be included as beneficiaries of LB food drive

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, Food Finders, Friends of Long Beach Animals and We Love Long Beach are partnering up for this year’s Long Beach Community Food Drive with a goal to collect 100,000 pounds of food. Barrels will be placed in several locations throughout the city to collect canned or packaged food, as well as pet food to help out needy families and pets in the city. Donations will be accepted now through Jan. 31, 2011.
“Long Beach residents and businesses have always responded generously to our request for donations,” said Foster. “This year’s food drive goal is to collect 100,000 pounds of food, which would provide three meals a day to approximately 2,547 families for a week.”
“Many families won’t be able to have festive dinners or toys for the kids this year without our help,” said Arlene Mercer, Food Finders executive director. “Once again, we are asking for canned and packaged food, as well as pet food.”
The Friends of Long Beach Animals will be collecting and distributing the donated pet food to owners who are finding it a challenge to provide for themselves and their pets.
“It is a tragic reality that some pet owners are forced to consider the relinquishment of their pets due to the lack of household funds needed to properly feed and care for their animals,” said John Gonzales, president of the Friends of Long Beach Animals. “We ask that everyone include a pet food item with their donation.” 
“The Long Beach Community Food Drive is the perfect chance for all of us to work together and make a difference in the lives of families and individuals throughout our city,” said Scott Jones, co-founder/director of We Love Long Beach. 

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