With many people feeling an ever-tightening budget in the current economy, it can be hard to keep nutritious meals on the table. To help bring some ease to locals' food budgets, Faith United Assembly of God in Storm Lake will begin an Angel Food Ministries program, with initial food orders due by March 14 by noon.
The ministry is a non-profit organization established in 1994 in Monroe, Georgia for struggling families, and has now grown to serve hundreds of thousands of families across the United States.
Vicky Ohler with Faith United says one church in Spencer has been quite busy with the program handing out up to 600 to 700 boxes of food a month. There are no income requirements for the program and individuals, seniors and families can order a box of food. Each order is designed to feed a family of four for a week or a single senior citizen for about a month and contains fresh, frozen and packaged foods including food items like produce, protein, pasta and dairy products. Food items are "restaurant grade," and are not "day old," or expired products, says Ohler. People can choose to order food monthly or every other month - whatever they feel is needed. "We want them to come back," says Ohler. The organization buys the food in bulk and then sells it at cost through churches across the country.
Boxes of food are available once a month for order for $30 a box or $22 for a senior box rather than $60 or $70 a person might pay at the store for the same quantify of food, says Ohler. Food for the month of March can be ordered at the church on March 11 and March 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m and March 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. Food is to be picked up on March 28 between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ohler says food left after 1:01 p.m. will be donated since several items are perishable. Payments of cash, money order or food stamps are accepted and must be paid at the time of order. Bring a box or bags to take food home in. In addition to purchasing a $30 box individuals can also purchase speciality boxes which may include additional meat or produce items.
"We're a small church but we're really looking forward to doing this as an outreach for our community," says Ohler. "It's something that's going to benefit everybody at this time."
Menus are available at the church, other area churches as well as online at www.angelfoodministries.com. For more information call the church at 732-2226.