Friday, January 15, 2010
As per the requests of literally thousands of our host churches and organizations, the staff and leadership here at Angel Food Ministries has made a decision that we pray will help our host sites and those who seek our service and support.
The ordering deadline for January will be extended until Monday, January 18th at 5:00PM EST.
what we are doing is changing the cutoff dates in AngelNet and on line for you. If a Host Site has already closed out their orders, we urge you to go back in and check for any additional orders that may arrive online. If you feel you are ready to close your site's orders, you can do that on your Angelnet side, but the online portion will remain open until the deadline. Please go back in and print the orders again.
This is not an easy decision, and we know that many of you may find this to be an issue. We apologize in advance, but beg for your understanding. We have too many host sites who have made this request of us, and we are listening.
Please note - Host Sites are the only ones being alerted at this point. we have not planned an email to our client base at this point. We believe that the advanced notice will help you prepare.
Remember the special this month - we have brought the Seafood Box back by popular demand; Better still, if you claim a Seafood Box and our Special #4 7lb Premium Meat Box and enter the Coupon Code SURFNTURF, you will get $2 off the price of the order.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
National food program helps local families
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
By LISA ROMERO
Imagine being able to buy $60 to $70 worth of groceries — choice meats, fresh fruits and crisp veggies, not expired or junk foods — for $30 or less.
Sound too good to be true? A little slice of heaven in a tough economy?
Then perhaps you haven't yet heard of Angel Food Ministries, a largely faith-based, volunteer operation that believes good food and spiritual sustenance should never be in short supply.
Founded in 1994 by Pastors Joe and Linda Wingo of Monroe, Ga., to assist a handful of families there, the nondenominational program now feeds more than 500,000 families a month in nearly 45 states — and interest is definitely on the rise not only locally but nationwide as well, said Juda Engelmayer, Angel Food's director of communications and customer service.
"There's a strong need for what we're offering," he explained.
And that, in a nutshell, is high-quality, low-cost food carefully packaged for two types of consumers: financially strapped people who, without the program, would be forced to choose between food and other life expenses (such as medicine or housing), and time-crunched families who want prepackaged meal ingredients at a price that stretches their budgets even further.
Angel Food Ministries operates simply:
"If you eat, you qualify," said Engelmayer. There are no applications or minimum-income requirements.
You can order food through a local church or social-services group, or even online. (See "FYI" box for more information.) You can also pay for your food with a credit card or Electronic Benefits Transfer card (i.e., food stamps).
Each month, a different menu of foods is offered and shipped from Angel Food distribution sites in Atlanta or Fort Worth to this area. Customers can also buy specialty boxes of additional meats and healthy treats.
You can purchase as many boxes (called "units") of food as you want. Typically, one $30 medium-sized box feeds a family of four for a week, and a senior citizen for up to a month.
Even special dietary needs can be accommodated, such as allergen-free foods that contain no peanuts, soybeans, gluten, etc.
How can they offer food at half the price? Engelmayer says they buy in bulk — and rely on the social consciousness of many vendors, as well as the support of volunteers, to make the program possible.
Angel Food is nothing less than a godsend to many families in the community, say local coordinators.
"It's not a handout — but it can really help people when they need it most, such as when they lose a job or work has dried up, or their life situation has drastically changed in some way," said Debbie DiGirolamo, who helps lead the year-old Angel Food program based at the Living Hope Community Church in Dublin, which provides meals to about 25 families a month.
"Some people are not comfortable with the idea of a soup pantry," DiGirolamo added, noting her church operates just such a program, too. "But when you help them purchase good food at a discounted rate, they'll participate, even for a month or so — and that gets them through."
Gail Rowen, co-coordinator of the program at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Montgomeryville, which serves as many as 50 families monthly, agreed.
"Angel Food is a way to help people take their dollars and spread them further so they can eat healthy foods, get their medicines and pay their bills," she said. "They shouldn't have to choose between them."
The benefits aren't limited to quality and affordability. This food comes with a side of spiritual support, as well.
Every Angel Food box includes a copy of The Servant magazine, prepared by the Wingos to inspire and spiritually guide people through their troubled times.
Although their mission is Christian-based, the magazine — and indeed, the entire program — is intended for everyone in need, regardless of faith or background, Engelmayer said.
"Our host sites include Jewish temples and community centers," he added. "While we're building faith through food, it's more about counseling and ministering to our communities through the organizations that understand them best: the religious and social-service groups."
Not everyone who participates is a churchgoer, or even necessarily looking for spiritual guidance. And that's OK, local volunteers say.
"Sometimes, it's just good for people to know someone cares about them," DiGirolamo explained. "When we can, we'll point them to resources in the community that can help improve their lives."
Added Rowen, "Our goal is to be here for people in need — whatever their need is."
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
It’s that time of year again, football season is officially here. But due to the economic challenges, some of you guys are thinking no parties or tailgating this season. After searching around I have found a promotion that is football party worthy at a bottom line price; The Surf and Turf from Angel Food Ministries.
Instead of buying the same giant subs as last year, how about moving on to bigger things, for a better price. Spoil yourself and the guys with a juicy T-bone and jumbo shrimp. For the month of January, Angel Food Ministries is promoting a 6lb Seafood Pack (includes 2lbs of Jumbo Breaded Shrimp, 1lb Crab Stuffed Flounder, 2lbs of Tilapia and over 1lb of Crab Cakes) and a 7lb Premium Meat box, (includes 4×12oz T-Bone Steaks, 4×8oz Boneless Pork Chops, 2×8oz Italian Flavored Chicken Breast and 2×8oz Honey Mustard Chicken Breast) all for a low price of $67.00.
To find more information or to order online visit their website at, www.angelfoodministries.com . For a limited time they are also giving an extra $2.00 off coupon code (SURFNTURF) for The Surf and Turf when you purchase both specials online.