The Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation is expanding its services to pet owners in need by making petfood available to those who are struggling to provide for their animals.

The Federation's petfood program will begin on January 1; pet owners will be able to acquire petfood through the distribution channels already in place for the organization's other services. "The organization is working to develop an additional network throughout the city and suburbs to provide petfood to those in need," said Executive Director Dan Gibbons. The hope is that such assistance will reduce the number of pets being given up due to their owners' situations in the current economic climate.