DF2FM’s distribution partners are the places where clients pick up pet food. Usually established human food pantries, working with DF2FM allows our partners to add pet food to their menu of client services, bringing a more holistic approach to client care.
DF2FM provides distribution partners with
- Steady supply of pet food FOR FREE. DF2FM never charges for pet food.
- Outreach support and materials from DF2FM staff.
- Pet food redistribution containers.
- Use their normal assessment procedures to determine eligibility to receive pet food.
- DF2FM does not require any special procedures; however, we do need to be aware of our partners’ procedures, demographics, and numbers for grant reporting purposes.
- Receive pet food donations which are delivered by volunteers on a regular basis.
- Distribute pet food to clients through normal processes for the partner.
- Communicate with DF2FM about distribution numbers and trends, stock needs, demographics of clients, etc.
Distribution Partner Requirements
- Must be 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations which serve without restrictions on age, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, orientation, or disability.
- Must have the space to store the pet food which they receive via volunteer delivery. We will work with you to determine the volume of pet food you require to meet the needs of your clients and an acceptable delivery schedule.
- Must have staff or volunteers to manage distribution of pet food. Distribution partners distribute pet food to their clients through their own regular processes.
- Must be able to divide large pet food donations into smaller units for distribution. When dry pet food is received in large bags, the distribution partner needs to be able to break down those bags into smaller units for more responsible distribution. Usually this is accomplished by pouring large bags of food into a container provided by DF2FM and then scooping measured units into smaller containers such as plastic grocery type bags. These smaller bags are then what is given out to clients.
When planning to work with a distribution partner, other things to discuss include but are not limited to:
- Your service processes – What are the potential distribution partner’s eligibility requirements for clients, i.e. ZIP code restrictions or income levels? How are clients screened? How, and how often, are services delivered? Do you address other social issues or offer other social services at your agency?
- Your clients – How many clients does the potential distribution partner serve each year? Where do your clients come from? How are they referred to you? Are you near public transportation, public housing? What is your demographic breakdown of clients served?
- Your other partnerships – Is the potential distribution partner affiliated with any other local food banks or any national food assistance networks? If so, which ones? What types of benefits do you receive from those affiliations? Where can we fill in a gap instead of duplicating?
- If your organization is interested in becoming a distribution partner with Don’t Forget to Feed Me, we suggest the following:
- Begin a needs assessment.
- Have your staff ask every person who receives benefits from you if they would like to receive pet food, how many animals they have, and what types. You should get a good picture of your clients’ needs fairly quickly.
- Decide where you can store pet food.
- It has been our experience that pet food moves very quickly through distribution programs; however, you will want to ensure that you can store enough between collection deliveries.
- Decide which staff or volunteers will manage the pet food.
- Don’t Forget to Feed Me does not want to put any undue burden on any other agency; however, after pet food is delivered, we are unable to manage it at the distribution level. Distribution partners provide the space for breaking down large quantities into smaller units and the people to do this.