The Osceola Council on Aging recently received a $4,000 emergency pet food grant through a partnership between Meals on Wheels America and PetSmart Charities® that will be used to meet an increased demand for the Osceola Meals on Wheels pet-related services during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Osceola Council on Aging’s Pet Program currently serves seniors with over 77 pets including 42 cats and 35 dogs.

“We are thrilled to receive these funds thru Meals on Wheels of America to assist our seniors with their pets during these difficult times,” said Wilda Belisle, Senior VP of Osceola Meals on Wheels. “Providing pet food is important because our clients will feed their pets before they feed themselves, so having the pet food will make our clients very happy that they know their pets will be taken care of during these challenging times.”
According to Ellie Hollander, President, and CEO, Meals on Wheels America, “Meals on Wheels programs have been working around the clock to serve an influx of seniors in need of support over the past ten months, which includes preserving the proven powerful relationships they have with their pets. This generous funding from PetSmart Charities makes that possible.”