Providing groceries year-round and special holiday meals
Deep Well has long-fulfilled the basic need for food - a need that can occur at any time of the year. Our pantry is stocked with non-perishables, and our refrigerators and freezers store meats, vegetables and dairy products. In our new facility, we have room for a self-select area, where clients can shop for their families. We also continue to deliver food to clients who are unable to come in.
Who gets help? And how?
Individuals in need of food may call Deep Well, speak with a volunteer to see if certain criteria are met, and arrange to come in and shop or receive a food delivery. We consider a number of pre-determined criteria in approving a client request and even try to accommodate those with special dietary needs. One simple requirement is a working telephone number to assure someone is home when the delivery is made. When the request is approved and delivery is required, food is selected from our pantry shelves, bagged and delivered by volunteers.
Where do we get our food?
For the most part, it's donated by individuals, merchants and hundreds of local organizations who regularly run food drives for Deep Well — religious institutions, schools, neighborhoods, bridge clubs, civic organizations . . . the list is long. For example, Panera Bread donates a variety of baked goods regularly. And fresh vegetables and fruit usually come from the Heritage Farm in Sea Pines or from Second Helpings. The balance of food needed — around 15% — is purchased by Deep Well.
Typical food delivery - a week of food for a family
Rice (1-2 lbs), canned potatoes, green beans, corn and other vegetables, canned beans and fruit, juice, macaroni & cheese, spaghetti or other pasta and sauce
3-4 cans of soup, tuna fish, peanut butter, corn muffin mix, cookies or cake (when available), canned tomatoes, evaporated milk, flour, cereal, grits or oatmeal, hamburger helper, canned pasta meals, chicken and ground beef, milk, eggs, cheese, hot dogs, bologna, frozen juice, butter, breads and bagels
Fresh fruits and vegetables, as available seasonally