In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Shelter House is hosting a community grocery drive to help stock the pantry for their emergency shelter. The home has been at or near capacity since early summer, with 37 adults and 25 children residing there within the past two months alone. Community support of in-kind food donations is encouraged to offset a grocery bill that has more than quadrupled over the prior fiscal year.
The community is encouraged to help by giving gift cards to grocery stores or by providing the following items:
- Canned Meats (Tuna, Chicken, Ham)
- Hamburger, Chicken or Tuna Helper
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Pasta and Sauces
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned Soups
The top non-grocery need for the emergency shelter is laundry detergent, as survivors often arrive at the shelter with minimal clothing and must do laundry multiple times per week. Paper products such as toilet paper and paper towels are also encouraged.
Additionally, dog food for the on-site Kind Heart Kennel is a critical need for survivors who flee to the emergency shelter with their animals. This program was developed because victims may not otherwise end an abusive relationship for fear of what might happen to their pets if left behind.
Drop off items at Shelter House’s main office at 16 Ferry Road SE in Fort Walton Beach during regular business hours. For this special community drive, donations can also be taken to Shelter House’s outreach offices in Crestview and DeFuniak Springs. Local businesses that would like to become drop sites are encouraged to call 850-243-1201.
All of Shelter House’s services are completely free and confidential. For more information, visit shelterhousenwfl.org.
– Meagan Atwood