Since seeing record capacity at their shelter, the Citizens Against Domestic Violence (CADV) organization in Camdenton has seen something new — a food shortage. Based on their current needs, CADV is projects about 1,980 meals are served on average per month. With six months left in the year, the shelter only has $1,700 left in their grocery account.
"Our numbers in June were record breaking," Director Angie Fiene said. "We were so focused on building a new building. We knew it would fill up, but we didn't think it would so quickly."
Fiene also said that the staff expected an increase in their grocery budget but they did not expect the increase to be so drastic. According to Fiene, the budget tends to get low around November or December when the year is almost up, but it has never been this low so early in the year.
Last week alone, the shelter went through eight gallons of milk. With 15 children and five women currently in the shelter, the food situation is not going to improve anytime soon.
Fiene said their biggest needs are meat and basic items such as spaghetti noodles, sauce and canned goods. CADV strives to buy healthy items and does not buy soft drinks, chips or sugary products.
Donations can be made through gift cards or purchasing groceries and dropping them off at the shelter.
Other shelter needs include body wash, fabric softener sheets, air fresheners, paper towels, HE laundry detergent, women's jeans (sizes 4-14), large black trash bags, new women's and children's summer pajamas, gallon size freezer bags, dishwater detergent, 13 gallon kitchen trash bags, gift certificate to Walmart or gas cards, toilet paper and paper towels.