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Patrons asked to remain in vehicles

Pet food pantry will take place with new procedures

Mar 20, 2020

Belfast — With many venues closed and events postponed or canceled, Heidi Blood, founder and president of the Waldo County Pet Food Pantry, wants to make sure pet owners know the monthly pet food distribution at Randall Collins VFW Post 3108, 34 Field St., will go on as scheduled Saturday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

"I have a fear that the trouble (from the COVID-19 emergency) is going to trickle down, and pets will be affected," Blood said Friday in a phone interview.

Patrons may park in the VFW parking lot or along the street, and should remain in their vehicles, Blood said, as part of new social distancing precautions. Volunteers will come to each vehicle to take patrons' orders and will return to put the items in the car. Only essential volunteers will be allowed in the building, she said.

With approximately six volunteers, most of whom are VFW members, the 40 to 50 households that come to the pantry on a typical third Saturday can be served quickly and efficiently, Blood said. "A lot of folks come from out of town," she said, estimating that more than half of those who use the pantry live outside the city.

Blood stressed that anyone who is unable to get to the distribution Saturday and is in need of pet food or litter is welcome to call her at 322-3237 and she will make arrangements to help them. She said the pantry is also happy to accept donations, but for now would-be donors should call her at the above number to arrange for pickup or drop-off.

She added that the pantry will continue on a monthly basis, with the procedure for distribution of food determined as the situation evolves.

"We are happy to be there to help folks out," she said.

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