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Monday, February 23, 2009

Angel Food Ministries

Even at the very best of times, having a child diagnosed with a life-threatening disease is devastating. Many families are forced to have one parent give up a job due to the demands associated with medical treatment and care for their ill child. The terrible turn with the economy has made the situation even more frightening. Thus, we look for new resources to help families get through the hard times. Today we found an outreach mission which is new to us- Angel Food Ministries.

Angel Food Ministries is a non-denominational, non profit organization dedicated to grocery relief. This ministry was started in Georgia in 1994 by a husband and wife, from their back porch, after a local plant closing affected many families. The idea was to buy high quality food at a discounted wholesale price and pass it on to those in need. The food is always ‘restaurant quality’ and never ‘seconds’ or ‘day old’. The ministry has spread to more than 35 states and feeds more than a half million people a month.

This is not free food; it is food at a discount. However, there are no applications or requirements. Anyone can participate. The recipient is charged about $30.00 for a box of food, which Angel Food estimates will feed a family of four for a week. One can order more than one box. March’s menu is at http://www.angelfoodministries.com/menu_0903en.asp

The way this works is that one signs up with a local host site, which usually takes orders at the beginning of the month. Then, on a pre-determined date later in the month, the food boxes can be picked up at the host site.

Often faith-based organizations try to bridge the gap for those in need. Angel Food is a faith-based organization and a magazine called “The Servant” is included in each box of food. This publication provides information about Angel Food Ministries, inspirational stories, the upcoming menu, recipes, and more.

We have never used the organization but thought it might be helpful to many of us during these difficult times.