Pet Food Bank
In mid 2017 St. Johnís was asked to host a weekly pet food bank operated by Mercy Rescue. Just as McDowell County has food insecurity in its population, it is also a challenge for some of the residents to provide adequate nutrition for their dogs or cats and, when they cannot feed their animals, the result is an increased number that are necessarily taken to the McDowell Animal Shelter.
Every Thursday from 2:00 to 3:00 PM volunteers meet at St. Johnís, at the outdoor picnic shelter, behind the Parish House to distribute pet food. Some food supplies are donated by Manna Food Bank, but the majority comes from donations by individuals concerned for the well being of local animals. For a family with many pets a large bag is available. For those with just one animal, the volunteers re-bag small bags for distribution.
The people who receive the pet food are registered with Mercy Rescue, including the number and type of animals in the home. There is no limit to how many times food can be taken each month. On average, food is distributed for 100 animals per week.
There is always a need for more pet food donations. Recently a volunteer brought 1600 pounds of dog food and it was gone in four weeks. If you are interested in volunteering or providing dog or cat food, contact Mercy Rescue at 652 7980.