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

Please Note: DEAM will be closed on Wednesday, June 19th in observance of Juneteenth.

Please Note: DEAM will be closed July1-5, 2024 in observance of the July 4th holiday.

DEAM serves more than 250 local families and 125 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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THANK YOU Winnona Park First Graders!

June  2024

We love you!

Thank you for visiting us this spring to learn more about DEAM helping neighbors in need. We appreciate your recent donations of canned food and fresh vegetables from your school garden. Your kindness has made a difference in our neighbors' lives. Have fun this summer!

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

  • 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.
  • You may wish to bring a mask to wear to your appointment.
  • If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call to reschedule.

Utility Assistance and Food Pantry Appointments:

To request utility assistance:

  1. Call 404-373-2300 during office hours (8:30 am-11:30am) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Once your request has been confirmed over the phone, please email water & gas bills to  info@deamdecatur.org You MUST call before emailing or bringing a water or gas bill to see if funds are available and to verify that you live within our service area.
  2. If you do not have access to email, a water or gas bill can be brought to the office during office hours. You MUST call first to see if funds are available and to verify that you live within our service area.

To make an appointment to shop in the food pantry:

  1. Call 404-373-9283 during office hours (8:30am-11:30am) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. You will need to verify that you live within our service area before making an appointment.

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
  • 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)
  • small soaps/deodorant for unhoused

  June - July, 2024 Most Needed Items:

  • pasta sauce/spaghetti sauce (no large jars please)
  • reusable cloth bags
  • canned peaches
  • canned tuna
  • canned chicken
  • peanut butter crackers for the unhoused
  • 1 lb packages of yellow rice
  • tuna packets for the unhoused
  • 16 oz bottles of water for the unhoused
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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