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Thursday thoughts: Angel Food Ministries

Posted September 23, 2010

Last week at the WRAL-FM Taste of Home Show, I was approached by Dona, who wanted to know if I had ever heard of Angel Food Ministries. She is the director for the Angel Food program at 3 Triangle churches. I explained that I was aware of the program and that I had heard good things from many who had purchased the food boxes. Her inquiry reminded me that I have not discussed Angel Food since I started blogging for WRAL in November. In this tough economy, it’s a good idea to know about all your options for frugal food. Angel Food Ministries offers some good deals, especially for those people who don’t have the time, energy or ability to coupon or go to different stores to get the best deals.

History: Angel Food Ministries began in 1994 on the back porch of a church in Monroe, Georgia. Pastors Joe and Linda Wingo founded the ministry to help those in need feed their families more affordably. According to their website, Angel Food began by feeding 34 families and they now feed over 500,000 families a month in 35 states! They are able to offer the food at a good price because they receive volume discounts from suppliers and church volunteers distribute the food.

How it works: Angel Food offers boxes of food each month for folks to purchase through various churches. The food is all restaurant grade and does not include any seconds, day old or damaged goods. You order the box or boxes you want online or in person at the church and then you pick up the food at the church during designated days and hours.

The boxes range in price from $21 - $41 and include a variety of food. The $31 box is designed to feed a family of 4 for about a week. In looking at the items and quantity included in the box, I think they give you enough for 7 dinners, a few lunches and a couple breakfast meals. This box would not be enough food for all our meals (especially lunches that the kids could take to school), but it would provide about 75% - 80% of the food and drinks we eat in a normal week. The box does not include drinks, other than a 32 oz carton of 2% shelf stable milk. There are a number of specialty boxes you can order as well. Some of the specialty boxes include a Steak Combo, Seafood Variety Box or a Fresh Fruit and Veggie Box.

There is no limit to the number of boxes you can order and there is no income qualification you have to meet to participate in the program. Folks at any income level can order the boxes and it is open to everyone. They accept cash, credit card, debit card, food stamps and money orders.

To view the October menu and specialty boxes, click HERE.

Locations: There are 17 host sites within 20 miles of downtown Raleigh including locations in Benson, Cary, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Raleigh, Selma, Wendell, and Zebulon. To find the location nearest you, click HERE.

Have you ordered from Angel Food Ministries before? What did you think of the food quality and quantity? What is your favorite specialty box?

My thanks to Dona for reminding me about Angel Food and I look forward to reading any comments you all may have about the program!


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  • gccmp Sep 24, 2010

    Our Church has been a host site for Angel Food for three years. We've found a lot of people are very thankful for Angel Food. We love being able to help folks in the Community. One thing that has not been mentioned in other posts, for those on food stamps, you can purchase Angel Food boxes with food stamps!

  • claradee Sep 24, 2010

    Angel Food Ministries has been a blessing to me. It really helps me stretch my food budget. I haven't had as many issues with the meat like some others. I look forward to getting their steaks for example - usually very tender.

  • 10hummingbirds Sep 24, 2010

    I think Angel Food Ministries is a GREAT idea. I have bought a couple of boxes from them in the past year. I have to agree that some of the meat is not top notch quality, but others are really good. I was pretty amazed at the amount of fruit we got in the fruit & veggie box. There's only 2 of us in my house, so it lasted us a good while.
    The only thing I wasn't sure about was the shelf-stable milk. I don't know how or what to use it in.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 23, 2010

    Anna and kpeele - many thanks for your comments regarding your first hand experience!

    DeM - you can get info about Angel Food locations throughout the country at the link above.

  • kpeele Sep 23, 2010

    My husband and I bought boxes for several months last year just to try it out. I agree with previous comments about most of the meat, but some of the meat (like the pork chops and steaks) were very good quality. The produce boxes were great in terms of quality and variety. The last time we ordered I went through in my head and figured what I would have paid for all the produce if I bought it at my "buy prices" and I probably could've gotten it for a little cheaper by being smart at the store. Now that I'm couponing it's not such a good deal because I can get things for a lot less money (thanks to Faye)! I agree that it can be a good deal for certain people in certain situations (especially if couponing isn't an option). The senior convenience meals are a good way to help older people eat a balanced diet for a good price. Ordering for someone else could be a good way to help someone in need! I never had any trouble with long lines at the Garner pick up site, though.

  • Anna C. Sep 23, 2010

    Note that if you order online you will be charged an additional $2 "convenience charge." However, if you go online and search for Angel Food Coupon Codes you can usually find one that will get you at least 10% off your total order (which will make up for that charge).

  • Anna C. Sep 23, 2010

    We recently became a host site and are having a lot of success with it. It has really helped those in need in our community. Each signature box contains at least 6 different meats, several vegs., pizza or pasta, milk, eggs, and a dessert. Then there are the specialty boxes. There are also Christmas/Thanksgiving boxes now.
    I have ordered several boxes myself and have been very pleased for the most part. I agree that some of the meats are not top notch quality, but on the other hand, some have been very good. It just depends on your taste and what is available each month. There are some months where I don't order b/c there are several foods included that my family and I don't like. Overall I would say it is a good deal. For $30 you get an amount of food that would normally cost somewhere around $60 if you bought it at a grocery store. For each box ordered the church gets $1 back. We take that money and use it to buy additional boxes to give to needy families in our community.

  • DeM Sep 23, 2010

    I have gotten a flyer for the Angel Food packages from my father's pastor. I often cook meals for him but am not always able. He's in southern Virginia, and I believe that the ministry is based out of South Boston, if anyone is interested.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 23, 2010

    And I noticed they have a package for those with allergies to gluten, soy, etc.

    Thanks, wfranks!

  • wfranks2 Sep 23, 2010

    The monthly order also includes diabetic/senior frozen dinners that meets their diet needs. Different dishes each month.