Southern States Cooperative makes huge food donation

Tenille Fox and Bob Maratto of the Orange County Animal Services, stand with part of the 7,500-pound food donation from Souther States Cooperative, which has a location in Carrboro.

For many, the new year begins with resolutions to eat less and exercise more. But for Southern States Cooperative and its customers, 2020 kicked off with a campaign to collect as much food as possible…for shelter animals. The drive succeeded in collecting 7,500 pounds of pet food that will be donated to the Orange County Animal Services.

The generous donation was presented to the animal shelter Tuesday, and wasthe result of the annual Puppy Paw Campaign held at participating Southern States retail locations. The Puppy Paw Campaign encourages customers to contribute a $1.00 donation to the pet food campaign and for each Puppy Pal Paw purchased, Southern States makes a matching donation.  Each participating Southern States retail location donates its contributions to the local charity of its choice. The Richmond SPCA was chosen as the recipient of this year’s donation. 

   “Wow!” said Bob Maratto, director of Animal Services Orange County. “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Southern States and their customers. This donation is essential in helping provide suitable nutrition for the animals in our care. We are beyond grateful.” 

   “We are happy to partner with the Orange County,” said Rodney White, store manager of Southern States. “They are one of our customers and we have a long-standing partnership with them. We are thankful to our customers for their caring generosity in helping us provide this contribution to an organization that does so much good within our community.”

   Southern States offers a wide range of foods from well-known brands. The Southern States selection offers choices that will meet the nutritional needs of nearly any type of pet. In addition, the retailer offers many other necessary pet supplies and expert advice to help customers choose the items just right for that special pet.