Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center in Damariscotta and the Cohen Center in Hallowell were recently awarded pet food grant funding from the Banfield Charitable Trust. The centers received grants totaling $2,000 to benefit their Meals on Wheels AniMeals programs in Lincoln and southern Kennebec counties.

AniMeals on Wheels volunteers repackage bulk dog and cat food purchased at local pet food stores into packages containing a week’s worth of pet food, which are then delivered to recipients once a week along with their Meals On Wheels delivery.

“Our AniMeals program allows Meals on Wheels recipients to keep their four-legged dinner companions at home and properly fed. This companionship helps alleviate loneliness, gives the person who lives by themselves someone to talk to as well as a purpose for getting up each morning,” volunteer Joyce Polyniak, who coordinates the AniMeals program for Lincoln County, said in a news release.

Donations to Spectrum Generations Meals on Wheels and AniMeals programs can be directed to Spectrum Generations, P.O. Box 2589, Augusta, ME 04338-2589.

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