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Angel Food Ministries shuts down

Posted September 24, 2011



Angel Food Ministries, the food distribution organization, has officially shut down operations. According to their website,  most September orders have now been refunded. For more information, click HERE.

If you were a regular purchaser of AFM food boxes, you may want to consider some of the options discussed on The Dollar Stretcher forum for alternatives found HERE. In our area, there are many Aldi stores and of course, couponing will reduce your grocery bill significantly. Also, one of the points that was made on The Dollar Stretcher forum is that there were a number of prepared and processed foods in the AFM boxes. Making many of those foods from scratch (fresh chicken instead of breaded processed chicken nuggets), is usually less expensive and healthier.


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  • Oxymoron02 Sep 26, 2011

    I have a friend that tells me she can't use coupons with her EBT because they make her pay the tax on the coupon savings. ~ rayne

    Your friend is absolutely correct on how it works. In some states, coupons are deducted pretax, but that is not so in NC. Coupons tendered are the same as cash paid, so if I hand over $5 in coupons for food, I would be responsible for the tax on that $5. Further, some stores have their registers poorly programmed, and coupons tendered for non-food get credited to food before food stamps are taken. If I have $10 in non-food, $50 in food, and hand over $10 in coupons to make all the non-food free, I would be allowed to use $40 in EBT, and then have to pay full price in cash for my non-food AND sales tax on the food that was "paid for" with the coupons. Does that make sense?

    While your friend is correct, not using coupons (especially if she's struggling at the end of the month, and at that point she's spending cash anyway) is just bad math.

  • shelleycole Sep 26, 2011

    about 9 years ago, my family and I hit a rough patch and we were on food stamps. You can use coupons and I did. Back before it was cool. It was bad enough having to use someone elses money to feed my family, so I was as thrifty as I could be. Actually had a shopping trip at food lion, where the register refused to take anymore coupons. It was great help when we needed it but so glad thats over!

  • Nancy Sep 25, 2011

    rayne, apparently some states do charge tax on coupon purchased goods when done with the EBT system. But I agree with you, so what? It's 2%, and simple math shows that paying 2% on something you save 50-80% on is a non-starter ;)

  • rayne0524 Sep 25, 2011

    @Mrsgaskill, I am more than willing to share my coupons with my friend that is on EBT, but she refuses to use coupons. She has internet & a printer. I am sure that others are willing to shre their coupons with a friend/family that needs help. Many of us get several of the exact same coupons, so for someone to say they can't afford to get coupons, is not true.

  • rayne0524 Sep 25, 2011

    After reading these posts I am confused on the rules for EBT & coupons. I have a friend that tells me she can't use coupons with her EBT because they make her pay the tax on the coupon savings. I was absolutely astonished that she isn't willing to shell out the 2% on food for all the extra groceries that she will get from the coupons. Her part couldn't be more than $5-10, & yet the last week of every month she is struggling to feed her kids.

    Can someone please explain to me if paying the tax for using coupons is the proper policy of EBT?

  • Oxymoron02 Sep 24, 2011

    I'm commenting in lots of other forums, and it drives me batty when, about this time of the month, people receiving $600 a month in food stamps for a family of 4 are out of both food stamps and food. I don't get it. I appreciate I was heavily influenced by a Depression Era thriver who taught me very well frugality and careful stockpiling, but, I mean ...

    OK, when my husband and I first moved in together we discussed who would pay how much of what bills. We had agreed to split the rent. I knew he hated grocery shopping, and I asked him how much he usually spent on groceries every month. Conveniently, that number was about half the rent. I offered to do all the grocery shopping if he covered the rent every month. He jumped on that deal.

    I fed five of us for LESS than what he'd been spending on 2, AND I got out of paying the rent. He was very confused the first time I came home with 2 cases of canned veggies.

    I seem to remember the WIC office encouraging coupon use.

  • nceducator79 Sep 24, 2011

    I had to use WIC as well 6 years ago...I never felt badly using them either. I think that it would be great for home ec teachers to incorporate couponing into their classes in high school for kids.

  • whyalltheproblems Sep 24, 2011

    that's really sad. I agree that couponing and going to Aldi's is great. I also think it's an excellent idea teaching people how to use coupons, etc.
    Have to throw my 2 cents in re: WIC. When my son was born, I was able to get on it. I stopped working full time and my husband wasn't even making $30,000 a year. I felt no shame in passing the checks over to the cashier. I had been working since I was 16 and paid into the system. It was nice to get something back. Now regrettably, had I made better choices and saved some of the money I had made since I was 16...well, that's for another blog. :/

  • trichardson0621 Sep 24, 2011

    There are so many ways to learn about couponing out there- and I do beleive that alot of food stamp users don't won't to be bothered, but look at how much more they could save but- I don't want to step on no ones toes, but my goodness it is SO unbeleivable the short amt of time you could spend to gather cpns and the amazing amts you could save- jmo-

  • marybethwright06 Sep 24, 2011

    I know families can get foodstamps and that coupled with coupons and no tax is a great relief in this economy. The food banks help to provide emergency service/food while families wait to be approved for food stamp services. This can take over a month sometimes ... which is why they are so important.