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Helping Struggling Families During "Ruff" Times™

Young at Heart started Nina's Pet Food Pantry in 2009 with an initial gift from the Weiner family. Named after their beloved dog, Nina, whose favorite word was "pantry", this program has helped hundreds of local families keep their pets when feeding them is a struggle.

How can I apply to use the pantry program?

If you are a Palatine, IL resident: Young at Heart currently provides pet food items to families utilizing the Palatine Township Food Pantry for families in need within the Palatine Township IL. The pantry then distributes the pet food to their clients. Palatine residents, please contact Palatine Township food pantry if you are in need of assistance. 

If you are a Lake County resident: Young at Heart no longer services Lake County IL now that there is a Lake County pet food pantry. If you live in Lake County, IL and are in need of food pantry assistance, please contact Our House of Hope Pet Food Pantry.

If you do not qualify for either of these food pantry programs, please research the options below.

I'm outside of the pantry areas that Nina's Pet Food Pantry serves. Now what?

There are other pet food pantry programs in the area that may be able to assist you. Search "Pet Food Pantry in (my area)" or check out the links below.

Chicago Area

Lake County IL

DuPage County IL

Will County IL

Winnebago County IL

How can I support Nina's Pet Food Pantry program?

*Nina's Pet Food Pantry is most in need of dry cat food and canned cat food.*

Due to storage regulations and safety reasons, ONLY UNOPENED UNEXPIRED BAGS OF FOOD CAN BE ACCEPTED. Open bags will unfortunately need to be thrown away. Donations of new and unopened dog and cat food can be dropped off at the following locations:
Lincolnshire Animal Hospital
Petco in Lake Zurich
Best Friends Pet Care 

Young at Heart also accepts gift cards to purchase needed pet food for the pantry program. Donations of gift cards from Petco, Petsmart, and Walmart are most needed and are tax-deductible. Gift cards may be mailed to Young at Heart PO Box 1293 Palatine IL 60078. 


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