A Bit of Blessing at the Table

I started participating in Angel Food Ministries while I was in seminary.  I needed to do something about the amount of money I was spending at the grocery store and what I was eating.  I went out to eat too much and bought too much processed food at the grocery store.  I don’t remember how I first found out about Angel Food Ministries, but I’m glad I did.

According to their website (http://www.angelfoodministries.com/), Angel Food Ministries is “a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing food 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 44 states. Angel Food Ministries crosses denominational lines and has spread the good news of the gospel of Christ through salvation tracts that are placed in each food order.”

Families or individuals can order from the menu each month and pick up their order at the host church.  Each ‘signature box’ assists feeding a family of 4 for a week.  There are no income restrictions or assistance applications.  My uncle describes it as a food co-op – the more people who buy, the better prices or product everyone gets.  The ‘signature box’ is less than $30 per month – and the items would cost approximately $60 at a retail grocer.  Now, that’s a great deal!

But, it’s more than a deal, it’s a blessing.

I have a food allergy – I am allergic to gluten (wheat, oat, barley, MSG).  I continue to order from Angel Food Ministries.  I donate anything I can’t eat due to my allergy back to the host church who in turn gives it to a family they know to be in need of assistance.  This week, I picked up my July Angel Food Ministries order and donated back a box of cereal, a pizza, a lasagna dinner, a dessert, and several other items.  My donation of groceries would have cost nearly $20 retail.  Through Angel Food Ministries, I am saving on groceries, eating more fruits & veggies and less processed food, and giving a lot of food to another family.

I know of a few people who place an order each month and have the church redistribute it to families, and others who order for their family and place an extra order for another family.  Whether you’re buying for yourself or for another family, Angel Food Ministries provides a bit of blessing at the table.

May God abundantly bless your table,
Rev. Tracy


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