Angel Food Ministries; Feeding families in need
Published: October 5, 2006 | 4880th good news item since 2003
Many people in Southeastern Iowa , like the rest of the country, have a hard time supplying the basic necessities for their family. These people are not necessarily unemployed, but just the victims of being left somewhere in the middle. They make too much money to qualify for public assistance, but make too little to pay all of their bills and put nutritional meals on the table. Fortunately, there is help available.
Founded in 1994, Angel Food Ministries started out by helping to feed thirty-four families in Monroe, Georgia. Today the ministry serves thousands of families throughout seventeen states, including Iowa . Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing grocery relief and financial support to communities throughout the United States.
Angel Food’s groceries are sold in a quantity that can fit into a medium-sized box at $25 per unit, and each month’s menu is different than the previous month, consisting of both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of approximately $50.
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 would 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.
Additionally, there is no limit to the number of units or bonus foods an individual can purchase, and there are no applications to complete or qualifications to which participants must adhere. Angel Food Ministries, like most all other retail grocery stores, also participates in the U.S. Food Stamp program, using the Off-Line Food Stamp Voucher system.
Food sales and distribution are handled by local church host sites, which are manned by volunteers. Angel Food Ministries supplies the groceries to the host churches at prices much lower than grocery stores due to minimal operating costs by using volunteers. Orders and payments are collected by the host sites during the first part of each month. These orders are then turned in to the Angel Food main office in Monroe, Georgia, on a predetermined date.
Later that month the food is delivered to the host site through various means throughout the country in preparation of the delivery date.