Friday, October 26, 2007

Saving Money - Angel Food

I have found an organization that has saved me a good bit of money, and so I thought I would pass along this information. Over in my "links" box on the right side of the page is the link to their web site. If any of you know of any ways to save money, please share with me!

Angel Food Ministries. The following description is from their web site:
Angel Food is available in a quantity that can fit into a medium-sized box at $25 per unit ($30 in California and New Mexico, due to transportation costs, $28 in Kansas, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee). Each month's menu is different than the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of approximately $50. Comparison shopping has been done across the country in various communities using a wide range of retail grocery stores and has resulted in the same food items costing from between $42 and $78.
Generally, one unit of food assists in feeding a family of four for about one week or a single senior citizen for almost a month. The food is all the same high quality one could purchase at a grocery store. There are no second-hand items, no damaged or out-dated goods, no dented cans without labels, no day-old breads and no produce that is almost too ripe.
Also offered are specialty boxes such as steaks, chicken and pork. Many participants in this bonus program appreciate the expanded choices. Additionally, there is no limit to the number of units or bonus foods an individual can receive, and there are no applications to complete or qualifications to which participants must adhere. Angel Food Ministries also participates in the U.S. Food Stamp program, using the Off-Line Food Stamp Voucher system.

Angel Food is hosted by churches around the country. You can search their web site to see the current month's menu or to find a location near you. Our family has been getting Angel Food boxes for several months. My kids always look forward to "Angel Food Day", it's kind of like Christmas unpacking the food boxes! We get 2 boxes to feed our family of 6 (including 3 teens), this ensures that we have enough of each item to have meals together, and some of the convenience type items I put back for the kids to fix when they are on their own for a meal. There are three families in our area who take turns picking up and delivering the boxes to each other, so I only have to drive every three months. This has been a real blessing for us!
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