Nonprofit Newswire | Food Banks for Pets? Why Not

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July 2, 2010; Source: Winston-Salem Journal | Here’s an interesting variation on the theme “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” For Scott Morgan, the trash is thousands of pounds of discarded pet food that, while no longer salable, can still be given away to animal groups.  Currently Share the Love Pet Food Bank, which began operation last spring, distributes between 1,000 to 3,000 pounds of food monthly to more than 22 organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Morgan says food can’t be sold for various reasons such as being past its expiration date or the bag gets ripped or has a misprint.  Morgan sees himself as doing for pets what food banks do for people. “I have a vision of being exactly what Second Harvest is for humans for pets,” he said. Morgan, unlike some of the animals his efforts supports, is anything but finicky about donations.  When he was offered 100 pounds of ferret food, he found a group that could use it.—Bruce Trachtenberg