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 Utility Assistance

I needed help...

and you met my needs

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All assistance, including food orders, will be by appointment only.

Food, Rx, and Utility Assistance Appointment Scheduling

Same-day appointments may be made as available. Please call 404-373-2300 for utility bill assistance and call 404-373-9283 for food  and Rx assistance ONLY.

• Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

• 8:30am–11:30am

Food Selection Times

• Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

• 9:00am–11:15 am

Donations / Deliveries

DEAM is closed for assistance on Wednesdays and only open for donations and deliveries.

• Wednesdays

• 8:30am–11:30am

REMINDER: DEAM will be closed for Good Friday, March 29, 2024.

DEAM serves more than 250 local families and 100 unhoused clients a month, providing critical assistance to ease hunger, prevent utility service disconnection, and purchase life-sustaining prescriptions for qualified residents.

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Special Alert: WE NEED YOUR HELP

March 10, 2024

Come join the many DEAM volunteers, clients, Board members, Coordinating Council members, and member churches on March 10, 2024 for the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) Annual Hunger Walk/Run. All monies raised on behalf of DEAM will go to DEAM's food account, which will assist us with purchasing food from ACFB and allow us to devote more money to utility and prescription payments.

In order to raise money for DEAM, go to www.hungerwalkrun.org to register to walk for DEAM or simply to donate. You can participate either in person or virtually. When registering choose Join A Team and enter Team DEAM in the box. Then under company name choose D2300 Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry. Once that is selected you will be directed to complete your information and to make a payment. If you want to just donate, then choose that option and choose Team DEAM.

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

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

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During Your DEAM Visit

  • We no longer offer a lobby or waiting room. Please arrive on time for your scheduled appointment.
  • Bring your ID (for self and family members) and the required proof of an address within our service area.
  • Please bring and wear a mask and socially distance while visiting the DEAM office.

Utility Assistance Update:

Effective July 12, 2021: You now have two options to request utility assistance:

  1. call on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday morning starting at 8:30 am, OR
  2. complete the utility assistance request form and drop it off. The form can be picked up outside of our office door. The form can also be obtained by submitting your home address and contact information to our email address: info@deamdecatur.org.

Completed forms should be placed in the locked box hanging on the outside of the DEAM office door. We will process the forms in the order they are received. Completion of the form does not guarantee assistance, but you will be notified once we have processed your request.

Where do I start?

If you or someone you know needs help, please visit our Eligibility 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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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 the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) at pennies on the dollar, but the items listed below are always in short supply.

Our ongoing needs
  • small boxes corn muffin mix
  • pkgs of peanut butter crackers
  • cereal
  • soups - condensed (chicken noodle, cream of chicken, cream of mushroom)
  • hearty soups
  • sanitary pads
  • Poise Pads
  • toilet tissue
  • laundry pods or powdered detergent (no liquid please)
  • Saltine crackers
  • grape or strawberry jelly
  • reusable cloth bags
  • full sized hygiene products - toothpaste, deodorant, soap
  • canned fruit
  • paper lunch bags/small paper bags for sandwiches (we are trying to go green as much as possible)

February - March, 2024 Most Needed Items:

  • tuna packets (for our unhoused clients)
  • reusable cloth bags
  • hand warmers
  • vienna sausage for our unhoused clients
  • tea bags - regular sized
  • canned beef stew
  • canned peaches
  • peanut butter crackers for the unhoused
  • 1 lb packages of yellow rice
  • soap - regular-sized
  • TP
  • toothpaste
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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