With demand increasing and supplies dwindling, the pantry shelves at the Emergency Support Shelter in Kelso need restocking.
Sherrie Tinoco, the shelter's executive director, said that the organization is seeking the community's help to replace nonperishable items.
"Most of the families who come here have few or no possessions or resources. Many come in with only the clothes they are wearing," she noted in a press release.
Cowlitz County's domestic violence shelter has of 36 beds and has been operating at near full capacity, according to Tinoco. She said the crunch is a reflection of the financial and emotional stress many families are experiencing due to the economic recession.
The most needed foods and personal care items are macaroni and cheese, Top Ramen, spaghetti, tuna fish, peanut butter, Hamburger Helper, sugar, flour, oil, mayonnaise, ketchup, cheese, Windex, laundry soap, dish soap, dishwasher soap, bleach, diapers and baby wipes.
Since 1979 the Emergency Support Shelter has been assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2009, the shelter served 2,045 people, providing 11,112 nights of shelter to women and children fleeing domestic violence.
Food or money donations can be dropped off at the shelter, located at 304 Cowlitz Way in Kelso. For more information, call (360) 425-1176.