Emergency Food Assistance

I was hungry...

and you gave me something to eat

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Emergency Medication Assistance

I was sick...

and you looked after me

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Emergency Clothing Assistance

I needed clothes...

and you clothed me

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Emergency Utility Assistance

I needed help...

and you met my needs

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DEAM Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry

DEAM serves more than 250 local families a month, providing critical assistance to ease hunger, prevent utility service disconnection, provide clothes, and purchase life-sustaining prescriptions for qualified residents.

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DEAM seeks volunteers to help in the office, food pantry, and clothing closets. Find out about the many ways you can help prevent homelessness and hunger in the Decatur area.

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DEAM counts on generous donors to help fund the work of the ministry. Find out how your money is used and pooled together with other gifts to make a difference in the Decatur area.

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Where do I start?

If you or someone you know needs help, please visit our Services page to find information on who qualifies for assistance, what assistance can be offered, and other important information you need to know.

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How DEAM & You Serve the Community

Food Distribution

DEAM provides emergency food and basic toiletries to qualifying residents.

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Prescription Purchases

DEAM provides financial assistance to qualifying residents for prescriptions.

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Clothes Closets

DEAM provides new and gently used clothing for qualifying children and adults, including summer and winter wear.

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Utilities Continuity

DEAM helps prevent cut-off of water, gas, and electricity services by providing financial assistance to qualifying residents.

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Urgent & Ongoing Food Pantry Needs

DEAM relies on contributions of non-perishable food and basic health supplies. DEAM buys many canned goods from Atlanta Food Bank at pennies on the dollar, but the items pictured below are always in short supply.

Our ongoing needs
  • 1 lb. pasta & pasta sauce
  • small boxes of Jell-o
  • canned meats
  • small boxes corn muffin mix
  • oatmeal
  • cereal
  • Ivory® or Dial® soap
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • toilet tissue
  • deodorant
  • powdered laundry detergent

November 2017 Most Needed Items:

  • pasta sauce
  • canned soup (especially cream of chicken, chunky beef, and chicken noodle )
  • canned diced tomatoes
  • canned pinto beans
  • small boxes of corn muffin mix
  •  canned pineapple
  • 1 lb packages of yellow rice
  • grape or strawberry jelly
  • bar soap
  • deodorant
  • toothpaste
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A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF YOUR DONATION REACHES PEOPLE

At DEAM, we strive to help qualified clients move from a place of need to one of independence.

Eighty-five percent of every dollar donated to DEAM goes to serving clients. The remaining 15% covers operating expenses. You can be assured that any monies donated to our ministry are used efficiently and effectively to benefit those in need.

Volunteers are the Backbone of All We Do.

We want to hear from you about your desire to serve others.

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