NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Nashville Humane Association is expanding the days of its community food bank for people who need food for their pets.
The NHA says beginning Sunday, they’re providing drive-thru service on Sunday and Wednesday from 1 p.m. 3 p.m. through April. They expanded the service to twice a week in response to this month's tornado and the COVID-19 outbreak.
"The Darcy Lashinsky Memorial Food Bank was created to provide assistance to people in our community who may need a little help," said Laura Chavarria, NHA Executive Director. "There is nothing more important to our mission at NHA than supporting our local pet-loving community here in Nashville and helping ensure that no pets go without food."
Attendees should remain in their car and an NHA associate will then speak with each person and deliver food to their car.
The Nashville Humane Association is located at 213 Oceola Avenue. Click here if you would like to donate.
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