Angel Food Ministries brings affordable food to all
By Heather Waldo
Angel Food Ministries (AFM), the nation’s largest nonprofit food ministry, will join in supporting National Hunger Action Month in September. Every month AFM donates more than 600 of its food packages free to those in need while also offering food packages at 30-50% off retail prices to anyone.
“Hunger continues to affect millions of Americans day in and day out. Nearly 15 percent (17.4 million) of US households are food insecure and have difficulty providing enough food for all members of their family,” said Pastor Wes Wingo, AFM chief information officer and CEO of Ministry Development. “Children make up an important percentage of those who are food insecure. During these challenging economic times, it is even more difficult for those in need to provide nutritious food to their families.”
Founded in 1994, AFM serves hundreds of thousands of customers in 45 states through some 5000 churches. Anyone can order AFM food packages and SNAP (food stamp) participants can use their EBT cards to purchase food packages. There are no qualifications, income criteria, or forms to fill out. Food packages can be ordered online, by phoning 1-888-819-3745, or through local churches. To locate your nearest host site and/or to order online, visit angelfoodministries.com and click on “Order Online.” The closest site to CY is 2.5 miles away.
AFM offers a dozen standard food packages and a number of specialty packages at great discounts because it purchases food in bulk, does not have retail space and labor costs, does not advertise, uses less packaging, and benefits from the labor of some 40,000 volunteers at their partner churches. Angel Food offers food packages ranging in price from $17 to $55. National comparison shopping at leading grocery retailers indicates a savings of anywhere from 30 to 50 percent or more. Each month’s menu is different than the previous month and consists of fresh, frozen, and dry food products. Angel Food also offers specialty boxes such as steaks, chicken, seafood, and pork.
AFM is non-denominational and does not require religious faith to order their food packages. AFM also does not rely on donations – less than 1 percent of AFM revenues come from donations.
To review this month’s menu, please visit angelfoodministries.com.