The Meals for Companion Pets Program was created in 1999 when home delivery meal volunteers found many seniors with pets, were feeding their hungry pet before they fed themselves. In order to prevent this, home-bound and disabled senior pet owners needed assistance with pet provisions.
A team of Meals On Wheels Volunteers stepped up to the plate. The MFCP program began in the backyard of Bobbi Arnold, a long serving MOW Volunteer. She began a pet food drive and promoted the program by recruiting more individuals to help deliver the donated pet food to clients struggling to care for their pets.
The demand for the program grew steadily and today, there is a team of 80 volunteers, sorting and delivering pet food each month to more than 114 pets in 75 homes across the MOW service area of Broward County.
Ms. Arnold’s dedication is evident as she continues to champion the program year after year, securing financial and in-kind gifts from VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital as well as other donors.
Without Bobbi’s passion for this program, it would not be the tremendous success that it is today. For her caring, sharing and dedication, Barbara (Bobbi) Arnold merits election in the 2019 Senior Hall of Fame.