PHOENIX — PetSmart Charities, Inc., the philanthropic branch of the nationwide pet retailer, announced Jan. 25 a new initiative to combat pet food insecurity across the United States. The pandemic has caused more Americans into food insecurity, an issue that extends to pet food as well, the organization said.

"Food insecurity is at an all-time high for families due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and historically we've seen many stories about pet parents in need who sacrifice to feed their pets before they feed themselves," said Aimee Gilbreath, president at PetSmart Charities. "We are proud to make this commitment to provide much-needed pet food to families across the US, ultimately helping keep pets and people together during this challenging time."

PetSmart Charities has committed $10 million in funding starting this year to address pet food insecurity through its existing partnership with Feeding America. The organization will donate pet food throughout the year, which will be distributed through Feeding America to families across the country.

The organization hosted a donation drive at its PetSmart retail locations and online already to encourage customer donations.

"PetSmart Charities' contribution is an invaluable resource for families and their pets facing hunger," said Blake Thompson, chief supply chain officer at Feeding America. "We're grateful for their generous support, and for joining us on our mission to help provide for our neighbors."

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