UCDD’s Area Agency on Aging and Disability team is going after a new grant to help continue the Ani-Meals pet food delivery program into its second year. Sara Martin, AAAD Family Caregiver/Evidence-Based Assistant, recently submitted a grant proposal during the latest grant application cycle.

In 2020, UCAAAD received $2,500 Meals on Wheels Loves Pets grant from Meals on Wheels America and PetSmart Charities to support home-delivered meal clients and their pets. From September 2020 through January 2021, Ani-Meals provided more than 2,300 pounds of pet food to more than two dozen home-delivered meal clients throughout Putnam County. While grant funding originally ended in January, the program was able to continue through May 2021 as a result of donations from members of the community.

Martin says she hopes the grant will allow the program to extend past June and into Warren County.