Alton is planning a pet pantry.
John Badman|The Telegraph The Rev. Cynthia Sever, right, labels bags of dog food being prepared for the distribution from what is believed to be the area's first pet food pantry, the 4 Paws Pet Food Pantry at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alton. Volunteers like her husband, Byron Sever, and Mimi Almonroeder, background, worked Sunday in preparation for the pantry's opening day set for May 1.
ALTON — The Riverbend will soon offer what is thought to be the area's first food pantry dedicated solely to the elderly and homeless's family pets.
The 4 Paws Pet Food Pantry, located at 10 E. 3rd St. in Alton and run out of the Market Street entrance to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, is set to open on Sunday, May 1 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
The pantry will be identical to the one that Rev. Cynthia Sever and her husband, Byron, established at their previous church in western New York.
The pantry's objective, according to Sever, is to provide food for the pets of the impoverished and elderly, who frequently give their pets their own food. According to her, this behavior can lead to the pet being taken to an animal shelter, even if it is "a link to life, comfort, and joy" for the owner. For individuals who are food insecure, the free food can assist them avoid making that difficult decision.
The pet food pantry will be open from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. There will be no food distribution at any other time.