A few years ago, when I lived in Omaha, a church that I belonged to, became a host site for an organization called Angelfood Ministries. As a volunteer, I would help pack up boxes of food and distribute them to people who had pre-ordered and paid for the boxes. I decided to look up Angelfood Ministries, to see if they were in the Quad Cities. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that there are, not one, but seven host sites, or distribution centers in the area! For those of you not aware of this, let me explain the benefit of Angelfood.
Angelfood Ministries is a non-profit organization, dedicated to providing nutritious, good food at an affordable price. This is not a government program. No financial criteria. If you eat, you qualify. No questions asked. Angelfood purchases their food from first rate suppliers at substantial volume discounts. A box of food, should feed a family of four for a week, or one person for a month and costs between $30.00-40.00 and is about $75.00-80.00 worth of food. I recall being very surprised at the quality of the food. It is really good stuff! The downside is that you have to place and pay for your order at least a week ahead of time. The upside is that when you go to pick it up, it is already boxed and ready to go. It’s a two minute transaction, which is saving an hour of grocery shopping time! I see that for August, the current cut-off date for ordering is Aug 21, and the pick-up date is Aug 27.
Here is the $35.00 box contents for August:
4 lbs Chicken Leg Quarters, 1 ½ lbs Steakburgers, 1 ½ lbs of boneless chicken breasts, 1 lb Deli Sliced Ham, 1 lb Sausage Hot Dogs, 1 lb Ground Turkey, 1 lb Ground Beef, 2 lbs frozen Mac and Beef Casserole, 2 lbs Cheesy Broccoli Soup, a bag of frozen Steak Fries, and 1 lb each of Carrots, Spinach, Green Beans, Broccoli, Sugar Snap Peas, Corn, California Blend Vegetables, and Triple Blend Vegetables.
This would easily feed Doug and me for two weeks! Angelfood Ministries also has other boxes that you can add on, which include items like fruit, pantry staples or snack foods that are at the same value pricing. Anyone can purchase a box (or many boxes!) of food. This is also a great way to help those less fortunate in the community. I recall one couple that came to our distribution center in Omaha who would buy one box for themselves, and a second box to give away to a needy family. I always thought that was such a generous thing to do. One of the great boxes that the Angelfood Ministries now sells is their Golden Cuisine Package which is $29.00 and includes 9 pre-cooked, portioned meals, for senior citizens or for people who just don’t have the time or talent to cook. I think for people who have a senior in their life, that they worry about, this is a great option.
Angelfood Ministries is a nationwide program, and currently in 45 states. The box contents are different every month. Angelfood Ministries is great about serving a variety of fresh, frozen and packaged food, that is seasonal, and desirable. To find your nearest host site, or to order your Angelfood Box, go to http://www.angelfoodministries.com/