FORM 4 [ ] Check this box if no longer subject to Section 16. Form 4 or Form 5 obligations may continue. See Instruction 1(b).         
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES
                                                                                  
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Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
                      
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person * Hanson John Edward 2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol CENTRAL GARDEN & PET CO [ CENT ] 5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)_____ Director                    _____ 10% Owner
__X__ Officer (give title below)    _____ Other (specify below)
Senior Vice President
(Last)         (First)         (Middle)
1340 TREAT BOULEVARD, SUITE 600
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (MM/DD/YYYY)
2/9/2021
(Street)
WALNUT CREEK, CA 94597-7578
(City)       (State)       (Zip)
4. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (MM/DD/YYYY)
 
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line) _X _ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Trans. Date 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 3. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 3 and 4)
6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Class A Common Stock  2/9/2021    A    2272 (1) A $0.00  45110  D   
Units                 889  I  By 401(k) Plan (2)

Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivate Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Trans. Date 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 4. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date 7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 3 and 4)
8. Price of Derivative Security
(Instr. 5)
9. Number of derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 4) 10. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Stock Option (Right to Buy)  $44.02  2/9/2021    A     6815       (3) 2/9/2027  Class A Common Stock  6815  $0.00  6815  D   

Explanation of Responses:
(1)  On February 9, 2021, the Issuer granted restricted Class A Common Stock to the Reporting Person which will vest annually at the rate of 25% beginning on February 9, 2022.
(2)  The units represent interests in the CENTA Stock Fund in the Issuer's 401(k) Plan, which consist of shares of CENTA stock and cash.
(3)  The options shall vest in annual increments of 25% beginning on February 9, 2022.

Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address
Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
Hanson John Edward
1340 TREAT BOULEVARD
SUITE 600
WALNUT CREEK, CA 94597-7578


Senior Vice President

Signatures
/s/John E. Hanson 2/10/2021
**Signature of Reporting Person Date