Southern Arizona Animal Food Bank Hosts Oro Valley Campaign | New
For years, the Southern Arizona Animal Food Bank has collected pet food all the way to Nogales, Benson, and Sahuarita. But in May, the local non-profit organization is organizing a food drive in several places in the Oro Valley for cats and dogs.
From Wednesday, May 12 to Friday, May 14, Oro Valley Town Hall, Oro Valley Police Department, and the Tucson Local Media Office will serve as a donation depot for the Southern Arizona Animal Food Bank. The food bank says it needs dog and cat food (wet and dry); animal boots for summer; lightly used beds, collars, leashes, toys and bowls; blankets and towels; pet treats and more.
With COVID cases declining, the Southern Arizona Animal Food Bank reports an increase in recent donations. However, there is still a long way to go after more than a year of economic hardship due to the pandemic. While they received about ten requests per month from people looking for pet supplies, they can now see that number in one day.
“What we do is help those who must choose to feed their families or their animals,” said Donna DeConcini, director of the Southern Arizona Animal Food Bank. “Especially since the pandemic, everyone is really feeling the lack of jobs and money. And having to make that choice is unacceptable to me.
The Southern Arizona Animal Food Bank dates back to 2014, when DeConcini and her daughter helped with abandoned farm and ranch animals. The job turned into the Southern Arizona Animal Food Bank, which collected tens of thousands of pounds of pet food in its day. Originally based on DeConcini’s Alley, the food bank moved to a store designated “Animal Artists” in the village of Monterey, near Speedway.
Since the switch to bricks and mortar in 2020,
DeConcini estimates it has collected 13,000 pounds of animal feed. While the focus is on animal feed, DeConcini says the food bank works with other local nonprofits, such as Friends of Pima Animal Care Center and Gospel Rescue Mission, when donations they receive might work better elsewhere.
“They give us their pet food, and in return, we give them household items and furniture that someone could have left. Nothing is lost. We try to circulate everything within the community, ”said DeConcini. “We have an amazing staff of volunteers who are coming and will lead to people who cannot get out of the house.”
Although the food bank is focused on helping animals in need, it does not save or welcome animals. During food drives like these, the bank may see a donation of 1,000 pounds.
DeConcini says their most successful food drive resulted in a donation of 2,000 pounds of food.
“Now we’re not even assessing how much we’d like to get, because whatever comes to us is a blessing and helps us with the reach that we have,” DeConcini said. “We were so lucky and so grateful for the amount of food we were able to obtain. It was upsetting, but we followed it. Every time we’ve asked for help, we’ve got help, and it spills over into the community. “
This Oro Valley campaign was inspired by Food Bank volunteer Lisa Norman. In speaking with the police department, DeConcini was informed that they will need a “big truck” for all planned donations.
“I have found that those who can give give a lot. And those who are not able to buy animal food to donate have donated money. With these two things we were able to maintain a level of food, but if we run out we can buy more, ”DeConcini said. “The people have been so nice.”
For more information on donations, visit saafb.org or facebook.com/SoAzAnimalFoodBank
Collecting animal feed in the Oro Valley for the benefit of the Southern Arizona Animal Food Bank
Wednesday, May 12 to Friday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Donations accepted to:
Oro Valley Town Hall / Oro Valley Police Department
11000 N. La Cañada Drive
Explorer’s Journal / TucsonLocalMedia
7225 N. Mona Lisa Road, # 125, saafb.org