Update: According to the Christian News, Angel Food Ministries Shut Down for Good.
The economic news is starting to look slightly better, but for many people who are out of work, settling for a part-time job or struggling as small business owners, it’s still very difficult to make ends meet.
Food is usually the third biggest expense in a household budget. With diligence and know-how you can certainly scan coupon sites like CouponCabin.com and RetailMeNot.com for deals at a wide variety of stores and shop carefully. But sometimes that isn’t enough. If you need assistance with the basics, want to supplement your meal plan, or simply want to save money on food, Angel Food Ministries can be a big help .
Angel Food Ministries – Helping Americans Save Money on Food Costs
Angel Food Ministries is a nonprofit organization that now operates in 45 states and serves hundreds of thousands of families each month. There is no income requirement and no application to fill out. It distributes food boxes through 5200 volunteer host sites and is adding approximately 200 new host sites every month.
A basic food box contains fresh, frozen, canned and prepared foods: meat, chicken, vegetables, starch, fruit and canned goods, and the menu changes monthly. Each box will feed a family of four for a week or a single person for a month and costs $30. You can purchase gluten-free and allergen-free boxes as well. If you want to get extra meat or fruit boxes, these are available for between $25 and $28. For example, this month’s special is a 4 lb. Angus sirloin steak for $25. For seniors and people who either don’t have the time to cook or can‘t cook (like me), a box of 10 prepared convenience meals is available for $28.
Visit AngelFoodMinistries.com to check out everything the organization has to offer and to find a location near you. Frequently, distribution points are in churches or community centers. Once you’ve found a local site, click on it to get the current month’s menu and directions for picking up the food. Initially you have to call to get into their system and to place an order but after that you can order online. Food stamps can be used to purchase the boxes. The Angel Food Ministries website also offers recipes, nutrition information, and gift cards.
If you can’t find a distribution center close by, keep checking the website for monthly host additions and contact one of your local churches or community groups to find out if they might be interested in becoming a host site.