Medina pantry offers free pet food for low-income families –

MEDINA, Ohio — In October 2015, Medina resident Tina Sergent found that she and her family were unable to purchase food for their pets because of a temporary loss of income. They were unwilling to relinquish what they considered to be family members, so Sergent tried to find a charity that would give them food.

She learned that no such group existed in Medina, leaving her to drive to a Ravenna pantry so that she could feed her pets.

By the following October, she had established People Care Pet Pantry of Medina, which has evolved into the Helping Everyone’s Loving Pets pantry. A 501c3 charitable organization, her pet pantry is completely run and supported by volunteers who agree with her that no one should have to decide whether to buy food for themselves or for their pets.

Stacks of canned cat food

Stacks of canned and bagged pet food fill the Helping Everyone’s Loving Pets pantry on Oak Street in Medina. (Mary Jane Brewer, special to

The pantry is run out of Sergent’s garage at 1041 Oak St. in Medina with the help of her husband, Pete, and her 16 year-old daughter, Jessica.

“It’s a family thing,” Pete says.

They also keep extra food in a 10-foot-by-10-foot storage unit.

In just one day last week, the Sergents helped 13