Buddies Pet Food Delivery was inspired by co-owner Mark Kelsey’s son, Alec, who has disabilities. Kelsey says, “employment opportunities for a person with intellectual disabilities are generally to be hired through a work program that contracts with companies requiring piece work, e.g. assembly, packing, cleaning services or other low-paying, undesirable jobs.”
The family’s original business was a screen-printing company, Warrior Graphics, LLC, “with the goal of transforming how individuals with intellectual disabilities are involved in the workplace,” says Kelsey. Alec’s favorite aspect of the job was delivering to customers. With the same mission plan, Buddies Pet Food Delivery was created.
Buddies Pet Food, LLC is a home-delivery pet food company that delivers branded pet food within one to 48 hours to your doorstep, or wherever/however instructed. Each Buddies Pet Food delivery truck has a two-person team that includes someone with intellectual disabilities partnered with a neurotypical person. “We not only improve the productivity and quality of life for our buddies with intellectual disabilities, but have a profound impact on our delivery partners, suppliers and customers,” says Kelsey.
Buddies has also implemented the first “food truck for dogs” with freshwater taps and refrigerated treats. If you are interested in Buddies’ services, go online for a personalized quote.