Padding the Budget with Angel Food
Going off the theme, "Just one beggar telling another where he found food." I thought I'd let you in on a little secret. Christi and I use a service called 'Angel Food' to pad our grocery budget and add some variety into our diet. From their website:
By buying food from first rate suppliers at substantial volume discounts, Angel Food Ministries is able to provide families with approximately $65 worth of quality nutritious food for $30. Angel Food Ministries does not use out-of-date food or inferior products.
Each month's menu is different and consists of fresh, frozen and packaged food. Angel Food is purchased from the nation’s top food suppliers. Providing quality, nutritious food at significant discounts on a regular basis is one practical way to give people a “hand up” during difficult times. The cost for a box of Angel Food is $30. There is no purchase limit for boxes of Angel Food. There are no applications or qualifications necessary to purchase. VIEW OUR MENU
Comparison shopping nationwide in various grocery stores has revealed that the average retail value for the same food items would be approximately $65. Generally, one box of Angel Food assists in feeding a family of four for about one week or a single senior citizen for almost a month
Christi and I found Angel Food during a pretty lean period of our life. A local Church of Christ took care of monthly food distribution. In the two years we used Angel Food in Lubbock, we saw the number of people served grow from 60 to about 400. The church didn't care if you attended their services or if you even believed as the Church of Christ did. They weren't pushy at all, but if you had questions, they'd talk with you. You do not have to be a Christian. That has been our experience with churches involved with Angel Food.
Christi now coordinates Angel Food for our small community. Even though we don't 'need' the discounted food like we used to, we still use the service to extend our food budget.
I love Angel Food. I'm pleased with the quality of the products. If you are used to buying the highest quality stuff, Angel Food will probably disappoint you. The meats are good, but they aren't the best thing you can buy from the butcher. That being said, it hasn't stopped us from getting a box or two every month.
Check out the Angel Food website. Find a local Angel Food partner and visit them on distribution day just to see what's going on. If the menu looks good, order a box to try it out.
I hope it helps you as much as it helps us.