August is For AniMEALS

Help support the Pet Companions of our Meals on Wheels Participants.

Meals on Wheels Rowan is best known for providing nutritious meals for homebound seniors.  Thanks to pet-loving donors, we also offer AniMEALS for the pets of meal recipients.  Pets provide comfort and companionship to many seniors who live alone or are socially isolated.  During the COVID-19 crisis, pets are even more important to seniors who are very lonely and isolated. 

Last year was the first year of this project sponsored by three local businesswomen, Kim Hardiman of Hardiman Designs, Debbie Barnhardt of Barnhardt Jewelers, and Lorna Medinger of Hughes Plumbing Supply.  We collected one ton of dry pet food, over 400 cans of food and $1,200 in donations.  Our goal this year is to collect two tons of pet food and $2,000 that will support the pet companions of our Meals on Wheels participants.

We know that if finances are tight, some of our meal recipients will give a portion of their meal to their pet companions because they do not have enough money to purchase pet food.  Many of our homebound seniors also have mobility issues that prevent them from shopping or lifting larger bags or multiple cans of pet food.  We encourage our meal recipients to eat the nutritious meals that our volunteers deliver each week.  By providing food for their pets, we hope to alleviate the need for them to share their meals with their animals and reduce their anxiety about feeding their pets.

*Funds that are donated for senior meals are never used to provide food or vet care for pets.

Pet food donations or contributions may be dropped off during August at the following locations.

  • Hughes Plumbing Supply
  • Barnhardt Jewelers, Spencer
  • Dr Jolly, DDS
  • Stitchin' Post Gifts
  • The Lettered Lily
  • Lazy 5 Animal Hospital
  • West Rowan Farm, Home, and Garden
  • Meals on Wheels Rowan Office - Spencer

Checks should be made out to Meals on Wheels Rowan.  Please note "Pets" on the memo line of your check.
Mail to:​ Meals on Wheels Rowan, PO Box 1914, Salisbury, NC  28145