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RSPCA to expand food bank partnership

Starting with five areas across Lancashire, the scheme now includes 11 food banks covering almost the whole of the county

RSPCA has announced it will expand its food bank partnership to cover nearly the whole of Lancashire as well as new plans to include parts of Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

Last November, the charity’s pet food bank operation made the decision to link-up with food banks in the area to provide them with pet food for owners.

Starting with five areas across Lancashire, the scheme now includes 11 food banks covering almost the whole of the county.

Alison Fletcher, deputy chief inspector, RSPCA, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with how well this project is going and how responsive the food banks have been in helping provide people with pet food. We also hope to expand and incorporate Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside in the project very soon.

“Many people are experiencing tough times at the moment and the last thing we want is for a loving owner to have to give up their companion and real source of comfort, so we set up this scheme in the hope that we could provide as much pet food as possible and keep families and their pets together.”

Jason Barbour, from Accrington in Lancashire, uses the Maundy Relief Foodbank in Accrington. He has a two-year-old crossbreed dog called Captain Jack, the food bank meant he could provide food for his dog as well as himself.

He explained: “The team at Maundy Relief are fantastic people. They do everything they can for you. They’re a lifeline to so many people and I can’t thank them and the RSPCA enough for the assistance they offer to me and Captain Jack.”

Pet food brand Purina has also been contributing to the food banks by donating six pallets of cat food.

Ellen Camillin, senior corporate development manager, RSPCA, said: “We’d like to thank Purina for their support on this project. They have provided vital cat food to help the project get off the ground and ensure that pet owners who are struggling have access to the food their cat needs.

“By having businesses like Purina on board it means we can hope to reach even more pets and are now looking to expand the project.”

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