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Full Tummy Project feeds homeless people's pets

East Orlando organization runs soup kitchen for animals

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Photos courtesy of Pets of the Homeless

Recently, McKinney says, United Global Outreach purchased an acre of land next to its current facility where the organization hopes to expand its services. They're creating what he calls the "Transformation Village," where the goal is to bring all kinds of medical, social and community services to the people. The fact that so many people have been coming to the Full Tummy Project for help gave McKinney an idea.

"We included in the plans a dog spa and a dog wash and a kennel, so there'd be a place for pets to be taken care of so the person could not have to have the fear of leaving that pet unattended and having it harmed or stolen [while taking care of their own needs]," he says. "I know that has been a barrier for people accepting help."

And to McKinney, any and all barriers need to be brought down so that the people of Bithlo can transform themselves – and their town. "Everything about a healthy community needs to be in place for Bithlo to have a chance to succeed," he says. "It's not just about the free food, it's about the community."

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