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Friday, May 14, 2010

Another way to stretch food budget dollars is now available in Marshall County, thanks to two churches participating in Angel Food Ministries.

"We want more people to know," according to a member of the First Baptist "hunger committee" who declined to be named. "It's a way to get low-cost food to people who need it."

It's not just for "poor people," the volunteer said of the program that became available here in recent weeks. It's for everyone who needs affordable food,

People who have ordered and paid for their May Angel Food boxes will be picking them up this Saturday from the First Baptist Church and LifeSong Family Church, both in Lewisburg.

On Saturday, First Baptist Church will be serving 50 to 80 families with food ordered earlier this month from Angel Food Ministries. Church youth will be available to carry food to the cars, and deliveries will be made to Summit Apartments. The church also buys 10 or 15 boxes and places them, free, with people who are most in need.

Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational food cooperative committed to providing food assistance to families throughout the United States. Angel Food was founded in 1994 by Pastors Joe and Linda Wingo in Northeast Georgia. Their first distribution helped 34 families; today Angel Food goes to hundred of thousands every month.

Angel Food buys top quality fresh and frozen food in bulk to get lower prices. Because recipients order in advance, Angel Food knows how much to send to each location, where volunteers box and distribute the food according to what's been ordered.

According to the group's brochure, "One box of food assists in feeding a family of four for about a week or a single person for nearly a month."

Food stamps are accepted, and using food stamps to purchase Angel Food boxes can stretch food stamp dollars.

There are no applications or pre-qualifications. Anyone can participate. For more information call 888-819-3745 or go to www.angelfoodministries.com. Next month's distribution day in Lewisburg is Saturday, June 19. Call Tina Stump at 270-6100 or Jeff May at 359-4077 for more information.