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Ways to $ave Wednesday -- Angel Food Ministries Part 1

As I was developing my post about Angel Food Ministries I determined that all together this was going to be extremely long, so I have split it into two separate posts. This week I will discuss what Angel Foods Ministries is, what they offer, and how to order. Next week I will discuss my experience from ordering, what items I received and how we have used or plan to use those items.

As their website says, "Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing food relief and financial support to communities throughout the United States. The program began in 1994 with 34 families in Monroe, Georgia (between Atlanta and Athens), and has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of families every month across 35 states. Angel Food Ministries crosses denominational lines and has spread the good news of the gospel of Christ through salvation tracts that are placed in each food order."

I couldn't phrase it any better, so here is what they offer.

"Angel Food is available in a quantity that can fit into a medium-sized box at $30 per unit. Each month's menu is different than the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of approximately $60. Comparison shopping has been done across the country in various communities using a wide range of retail grocery stores and has resulted in the same food items costing from between $42 and $78.

Generally, one unit of food assists in feeding a family of four for about one week or a single senior citizen for almost a month. The food is all the same high quality one could purchase at a grocery store. There are no second-hand items, no damaged or out-dated goods, no dented cans without labels, no day-old breads and no produce that is almost too ripe.

Also offered are specialty boxes such as steaks, chicken and pork. Many participants in this bonus program appreciate the expanded choices. Additionally, there is no limit to the number of units or bonus foods an individual can receive, and there are no applications to complete or qualifications to which participants must adhere. Angel Food Ministries also participates in the U.S. Food Stamp program, using the Off-Line Food Stamp Voucher system."

In other words, you can spend $30 to receive a box of food that will easily feed a family of 4 for one week. There are no income qualifications, so anyone can benefit from this ministry. Food is only supplied based on the orders received, thus you are not taking food from others who may need it more.

An example of the signature box, here are the items I will receive this coming Saturday when I pick up my September box.

1.5 pounds Ribeye Steaks (3 x 8oz), 1.81lb. Perdue Tray Pack Split Chicken Breasts, 4lb. Chicken Thighs, 1.5lb. Pork Chops (4 x 6oz), 1lb. 80/20 Lean Ground beef, 1.5lb 10% White Meat Turkey Burgers (4 x 6oz), 12oz. Deli Ham, 1lb. frozen sweet potatoes, 1lb. frozen green beans, 15 oz. Pears, 12 oz. Orange juice concentrate, 3lb bag Fresh Idaho Potatoes, 2lb bag Fresh Onions, 32oz. 2% Shelf Stable Milk, Dozen eggs, Dessert

All for $30. Wow!

They also offer Senior and Convenience Meals. These are fully cooked meals you just heat and serve. Each meal has 3oz. of protein, a starch and two vegetables. For $28 you get 10 meals plus desserts. These include meals such as Country Herb Chicken with mashed potatoes, broccoli and green bean blend, Breaded Baked Fish with wild rice, corn and peas, and spaghetti and meatballs with corn, peas and carrots.

And, (insert your best infomercial voice here) that's not all! Also offered is a Frozen and Dry mix Allergen-free food box. This included food items which do NOT contain peanuts, soybeans, milk, eggs, fish, crustacea, tree nuts, and gluten (wheat, rye and barley). Included in this box in September was 1lb breaded chicken breast chunks, 1lb. breaded chicken tenders, 1lb breaded chicken wings, 1lb breaded steak fingers, 1lb breaded chicken fillet patty, 1lb pancake/waffle mix, 1lb vanilla cake mix, 1lb blueberry muffin mix, 1lb cobbler crust mix. All for the low, low price of $35!

What is even more exciting is the Thanksgiving box they are offering. You can order this between now and October 28, 2009 to be delievered by Thanksgiving. This includes everything you would need for a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner includeing a 7lb Perdue Roaster AND 2.5 pound boneless netted ham. You can see all the other items included in this box


That link also includes all the items available for order in October, including someo fthe Specialty boxes such as a fresh fruit and vegetable box, assorted meats, and assorted steak combo.

To order, you just need to find your closest Angel Food distribution center. These are typically at churches in the area. I did a search for distribution centers in a 50 mile radius from Lexingon.

Here is the list

and boy, is it long!

You can order online or in person. Pick the distribution center of your choice (I chose Crossroads Christian Church off Todds Rd because it was closest for me) and click the more button. That will tell you how you can order your box.

Again, Angel Food Ministries does not have income limitations and accept all major credit cards plus EBT food stamps.

And, if you are in the giving spirit, you can order a box and it will be delivered to a family in need. Or, you could even order a box and distribute this to a family or person of your choosing, if you pick up the box yourself.

Tune in next week to see pictures of the food I received and my experience with picking up my food.