Welcome to the Talent Food Project!

“Peace for Pets”- Dog and Cat Food Donations Wanted!

In December last year, the Peace for Pets program inspired Ashland Food Project donors to contribute 115 Pounds of dog and cat food to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank. Their goal for 2014 is to increase pet food donations, and they’re asking Talent Food Project donors for help. “It’s like this giant cloud that keeps getting bigger” said Amelia. They’re seeking bags or cans of pet food; or small portions of dry food in zip-lock bags marked “DOG” or “CAT”.

Peace for Pets started in 2012 when third-graders Tess Hemmerling and Amelia O’Skea learned that the pets of homeless people and low-income families oftentimes went hungry or were fed unhealthy food.

They realized that homeless people rely on their pets for companionship and protection. Tess said, “And what do their pets sometimes eat? Human food! It’s much better for them to eat pet food that’s formulated for [dogs and cats]”.

With vision and determination they founded Peace for Pets and organized a pet-food drive. Supported by their teacher and principal, they rallied their schoolmates at Walker Elementary to fill pet-food donation boxes in the hallways. They created colorful posters, wrote inspiring mottos, and even designed some “sporty badges” Amelia explained.

“Nothing goes to waste and we try to keep it local” said Tess. Before they approached Ashland Food Project last year, Peace for Pets donated to the Friends of the Jackson County Animal Shelter in Phoenix.


2013 Motto: “If you help the pets, then you help the people- If you help the people, then you help the World- Yea!”

 2014 Motto: “They fill our hearts-we fill their bellies”

 Peace for Pets contact person:

Kristan Williams kkellyimages@hotmail.com

What we do

man with bagsNeighbors give a bag of food every two months. It's incredibly easy, because we supply the bag…and we pick up the food! This provides the food pantry in Talent with a steady, year-round supply of food…and provides donors with the ongoing satisfaction of making a real difference. People also get to know their neighbors, which builds a powerful sense of community. So everyone wins.

full shelvesWhat's the result?

Our system really works! We currently bring the Talent Food Banks nearly 20,000 lbs. of food a year…one bag at a time! There's plenty of room for growth.

So read more…and then click on a link below to join us! The Talent Food Project (TFP) is a grassroots group. That means it depends entirely on people like you. Whether you donate food, collect it, participate in making policy decisions, or help out in some other way, you are what makes this program work. The Talent Food Project needs you!

grocery bag

We’ll bring you a reusable green bag. Put food in it, and we’ll pick it up. It’s that easy!

person with grocery bags

Get a group of neighbors to be Food Donors, and pick up their food every two months.

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Help at food bank
Emergency pickups

Next Pickup Day: Saturday, April 12th

Most Needed Items:

Non-Perishable Food

  • Cereal
  • Hearty Soups
  • Canned Meat
  • Canned Fruit
  • Cooking Oil
  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Beans
  • Dried Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Canned Corn
  • Masa
  • Brown Rice
  • Long Grain White Rice
  • Plain Stewed Tomatoes
  • Fruit Cocktail
  • Side Dishes
  • Soy Milk
  • Canned Milk
  • Texturized Vegetable Protein
  • Pasta
  • Vegetables
  • Side Dishes (Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni, etc.)

Especially for Seniors

  • Dried Fruits
  • Ready made jell-o & pudding
  • Ensure protein drinks
  • Low-sodium Pull-tab Soups
  • Low-sodium Single-
    Serving Meals
  • Low-sodium Crackers
  • Green Tea (regular and decaf)
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Hard Candies

Non-Food Items

  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Soap
  • Diapers
  • Senior Protection
  • Dog & Cat Food