About Us

Friendship Pet Food Pantry (FP2) provides high-quality pet food to Chicago residents in need and informs them of low-cost health services. It operates as a volunteer-run program of The Friendship Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating hunger and poverty in area neighborhoods.

Food distribution takes place the third Saturday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. Approximately 90 cats and dogs are provided food each month.

FP2 opened its doors in October 2013 with a generous donation from the Banfield Charitable Trust and Royal Canin. Dara Salk, a staff member in the 47th Ward office, and local resident Betzi Poole spearheaded FP2’s launch (read more about our founding).

In addition to Dara and Betzi, the core volunteer committee includes Lori Barsztaitis, Mandy Bernstrauch, Christine Cupaiuolo, Melissa Sobota, Lori Stein and Mary Wulffen.


FP2’s mission is to help pet owners facing financial challenges keep the promise they made to their pets to love and care for them forever. We aim to reduce the number of dogs and cats surrendered to shelters or abandoned each year because their owners cannot afford food or veterinary care.

Volunteers gather at Friendship Pet Food Pantry

Some of our favorite pets pose with FP2 volunteers.

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