No, I did not indulge away from my weight loss plan on angel food cake! (But, isn’t that stuff so yummy?)
Angel Food is a ministry that provides very low cost food to anyone that places an order. Here is a description from their website: “With a heart to help others and a generous spirit, Joe and Linda Wingo founded Angel Food Ministries in 1994 to provide food for friends and neighbors who were struggling financially. Today the Angel Food program now is helping provide food relief to more than 500,000 families each month.”
Over the last two years, my husband’s job has not been very stable. Angel Food has been such a blessing and has gotten us through some of the leaner times. The pick-up location in my area advertises on their website that they went from serving 200 orders to 600 in just 6 months!
Each month, they have a box of food that you can purchase for $30. This box will feed a family of four for a week. I generally order two boxes and it feeds my family of 6 (though, the baby doesn’t partake yet) for a week with a little left over to go into next week.
What Is Available and What Does It Cost?
The basic box is what they call the Signature Box ($30) and includes several different meats and sides, shelf-stable milk and a dozen eggs, and one dessert.
They also have a Senior/Convenience Box ($28) which includes 10 microwaveable meals for one.
You may also order a Seafood Box ($35) which contains three or four different types of seafood.
One of the newest additions is the Allergen-Free Box ($25). Everything included in this box is free from Peanuts, Soybeans, Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacea, Tree Nuts and Gluten (wheat, rye and barley). I thought it was so wonderful that they added this box into the mix. They truly are trying to minister to a wide variety of people.
There are also several different specials each month. For the month of May, they had the following –
- a fresh fruit and veggie box ($22),
- a “Latin” flavors fresh fruit and veggie box ($22),
- assorted meats (6 pounds, $22),
- sirloin strip (4 pounds, $21),
- Fajita Kit (5 pounds, $21), and
- chicken tenders (10 pounds, $23).
Their website has quite a bit of useful information such as the location of the site(s) near you, the ability to order online (may not apply to all sites), recipes and cooking instructions and the Angel Food story.
If You Go
Make sure to bring a large cooler, preferably with wheels, and a helper.
You’ll want a cooler instead of a bin or box so that all the frozen food stays cold. At the location nearest to me, they will have extra boxes and sometimes bags, but you should come prepared.
If the host site has enough volunteers, sometimes they will offer to help carry your load or get it into your car for you. But, there aren’t always enough volunteers to go around these days, so extra hands might be sparse.
You have to order ahead of time – the order deadline should be on the website. It is usually two weeks before the pick up date. Make sure you have your receipt with you for verification of your order. Also, keep in mind that you can pre-order for next month while you are there picking up this month’s order (at least, you can where I pick up). I usually take advantage of this so that I don’t have to think about it again during the month.
If you forget to pick up your box(es), they reserve the right to donate your box to a needy family in the area and your payment will not be refunded. It takes quite a bit of time to coordinate and assemble the boxes, so I can completely understand this rule. I did actually forget an order once and the host site very graciously called me and held the box for me until a few days later when I could pick it up.
Whether we are job-less or job-full, we have never missed a meal and for that we are so very thankful! Angel Food has played a big part in that blessing!
I have been thinking about pricing the Angel Food menu out at WalMart and Save A Lot to see just how much we’re saving by purchasing these boxes.
Anyone else interested in such information? Let me know by leaving a comment!
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