Now, this was more like pantries of old! Crowded and
successful. Forty-two people came to pick up 1329 Lbs of dog food and 543 Lbs.
of cat food. And many cans and assorted treats.
We had a lot of pre-bagged food in the barn, so that’s
what we used this month. I’d told those who wanted to take the month off that
it would be a good time to do that, but Gordy and Dee and Rodney (and Daisy) and
Noah and RJ came in the morning anyway to set things up and stack the tables.
We were done pretty quickly...gone by 9:30 or
The afternoon was quite busy, but went off without a
hitch. Alice was back at The Table. Bruce, Dee,
Gordy, Jeannette and Sunday collected and took to cars the aforementioned 1900
Lbs. of food and treats in about twenty minutes. We actually ran out of
pre-bagged food, but I had some factory-bagged Purina in my car and that filled
the gap. So everyone went away happy.
Gordy and I were worried that we’d get drenched returning the
barrels to the barn, but the rain held off just long enough! A good day all
So, here we are at another anniversary. None of us had a
clue how to do what we wanted to do when we met to start this, but the sage
advice of a certain volunteer was “Let’s just start handing out food...the rest
will come! Or not.” So we did. The Penobscot Pet Pantry is heading now into
its 8th year of operation helping people feed their pets.