C.A.R.E. volunteer Marsha Niazmand received the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award from the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, Chicago. Marsha, a long-time C.A.R.E. cat volunteer, took the initiative to establish the Food Pantry’s Pet Food corner, to which C.A.R.E. provides pet food on a weekly basis to some 60 to 100 families living in that neighborhood.
In addition to bringing pet food to the Food Pantry, Marsha also brought in the talents and energy of other C.A.R.E. volunteers, including Barb Carlson, Linda Gelb, Aylen Hasegawa, Judy Horberg, Mary Pat Jones and Angela Love.
The C.A.R.E. team’s pantry work includes picking up food donations from local Pet Supplies Plus and Petco stores, transporting the bags to the pantry, portioning food into smaller portions and determining who needs what kind of food. Each week, at least 200 pounds of cat and dog food is distributed to families in need.