In the March/April issue of the magazine, I wrote about Daffy’s Soup Kitchen in Lawrenceville, Ga., where the mission is to keep families and their pets together. Daffy’s has continued to grow, now distributing more than 20,000 pounds of food per month, supporting more than 1,000 people and 2,000 animals at locations across eight states.
Although demand has grown for this much-needed resource, Daffy’s has recently been dealt a devastating blow. Due to the current economic conditions, its sponsor can no longer afford to cover its warehouse lease. The soup kitchen is now faced with the possibility of closing its main distribution center by September if Daffy’s doesn’t find new sponsors.
To help raise money, the soup kitchen is holding its first annual Daffy’s Day Block Party on Saturday, June 13th from 12-5 p.m. to benefit the Warehouse Fund. Animal lovers and leashed pets are invited to the festivities. In addition to human food, Taj Ma-Hound Bakery and Dogwell/Catswell will be giving out yummy treats for the dogs. Professional photographer, Heather Cosgrove, will be on site taking photos.
The event isn’t limited to fun and games. There will also be pet CPR demonstrations and the opportunity to sign up for future Daffy’s CPR classes. The block party will be held at Daffy’s main warehouse at 2160 Oakland Industrial Court, Suite 100 in Lawrenceville, Ga.
If you’d like to help Daffy’s out, but can’t make it to the festivities, they’re accepting online donations through their website.
Daffy’s estimates that 219 animals are euthanized every day in Georgia, a number they fear could increase if they’re forced to shut down. In addition to the local impact, Daffy’s has also provided guidance to pet soup kitchens that have opened in other areas around the nation. I’m hoping that the community will come together to save this important resource.