Saturday, December 6, 2008

Not Just For Migraine Sufferers -- Angel Food Ministries

I've helped a lot of people find specific resources to help with financial hardships from locating low or no cost medications to utility assistance programs that help cover the high cost of winter heating. Even though there are a lot of federal, state and private organizations that offer help, many times the help is not enough or someone doesn't qualify. Although this is not Migraine Disease specific or even health related, I'd like to share a wonderful program that is making a big difference in people's life. It's called Angel Food Ministries. Here's what their mission statement says:

Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing grocery relief and financial support to communities throughout the United States. The program began in 1994 with 34 families in Monroe, Georgia (between Atlanta and Athens), and has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of families every month across 35 states. Angel Food Ministries crosses denominational lines...
Here's how it works. If you live near a participating site (locate one HERE) you can order $75.00 (approximate retail value) worth of food for $30.00. This amount of food will feed a family of four for a week or one senior citizen for about a month. You can order more than one box and you can order additional specials with the purchase of one $30.00 box. This is not a scam. It's a real service and I've used it. A few months ago, I compared the cost of a box of food to the grocery store where I shop and determined that I would have spent $97.00 for the same things.

Now here's the best part. There are NO qualifications -- NO income restrictions -- NO minimums -- NO application AND they accept food stamps. Most sites accept debit and credit cards. You can definitely use your debit or credit card if you order online. This will cost an extra $1.00.

There is a one downside of this program. It's not available on a weekly basis and you can only order food one time a month.

It doesn't matter if you're rich or poor. Anyone can participate in this program and no one will ever know if you have a financial need or not (unless you participate in the EBT Food Stamp Program). In fact, this program encourages all people to participate regardless of income level. They suggest that those who don't have a financial need to use this program anyway. Then use the money you save to do something for someone who needs financial assistance or who is less fortunate than you.

To see December's menu click HERE. The ordering deadline varies depending on the location. If you hurry, you may make this months deadline. If you miss it, you can participate next month.

If you are recipe-challenged Hillbilly Housewife may be able to help. She's teamed up with the meal planning experts at Menu Planning Central and created menu plans based on the food provided by Angel Food Ministries.

3 comments:

Ellen Schnakenberg said...

I really loved this post. Thanks for mentioning it.

Ellen

Tammy said...

We have an Angel Food Ministries near us and I haven't used them but I have friends who have. They said it is awesome. They give you a whole box of meat for $30 and you can use food stamps to get it! Great program. On another note, there are several places that give free boxes of food for low income families. Check with Churches and Community Center's for information. We get a box every month and it helps A LOT!

Pam said...

Hey Tammy!
I wrote this post in December, 2008. I was checking it the other day and updating some outdated links. Since I wrote this, some of the food has gone DOWN! There's a box for $21.

The December, 2010 menu is up. The deadline for ordering is December 8 at 11:59pm EST and they have a lot of options for the holiday season.

You should check it out. I have ordered food from them and it was definitely worth it. I cooked all the steaks and pork chops on my George Forman and everything tasted pretty good.

And yes, they take food stamps!

I am going to repost this so that people can order by the December deadline.
Pam

 
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