Hunger may be a growing problem in Ozark.
The Dale Count Rescue Mission’s Soup Kitchen doubled the amount of meals they served in just two months.
In June they served about 650 meals. But in Auguest were more than 1,300 meals served.
The mission's soup kitchen serves three meals a day Monday through Saturday, and twice on Sunday.
In addition to these meals, more than 2,000 pounds of food were also given out for people who simply needed help with groceries.
Leaders say government assistance just isn't cutting it, and food stamps run out.
They see more people at the soup kitchen at the end of the month than the beginning.
Although the rescue mission has community support, they will always welcome more.
Dale County Rescue Mission Warehouse Manager Ken Stephens said, “The only way we can do this is through donations, people volunteering, and people bringing their stuff in. Then, we can sell it at a discounted price. It goes back into the community.”
The mission also has a shelter with beds for about sixteen men.
Leaders are also in the process of creating a women's shelter. They are hoping to provide beds for about a dozen women.
The mission is also planning to provide more meals during the holiday season. Last year they served more than 700 families for Thanksgiving and Christmas.