Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Dianne Garrett reports on Angel Food Ministries, Whitehall Church of the Nazarene.

Angel Food is not just a cake. Pastor Rodney Kuhn of the Church of the Nazarene in Whitehall, visited Eastside News Round-Up on WCRX-LP December 24 to explain Angel Food Ministries.

Angel Food is a non-profit, non-denominational food program dedicated to providing food assistance to families across America. They provide boxes of food consisting of high quality items at substantial savings. Angel Food was started in 1994 by Pastor Joe Wingo and his family in a small rural town in north east Georgia. Their mission was to help out local neighbors during an economic downturn. Today, Angel Food helps close to 500,000 families every month with their food needs.

Angel Food partners with churches and community organizations in over 35 states. The goal is to reach out to anyone in need. There are no applications or pre-qualifiers to participate. Angel Food works closely with the USDA, and is one of the only programs of its kind to accept food stamps.

The organization's motto is "Angel Food provides a blessing in every box. It's a hand up...not a hand out!"

The Whitehall church, located at 739 S. Yearling Road, started their program in July. The first month they had 49 customers with an increase to 130 the following month. It is currently up to about 350 being served. Each box has $60 worth of food, but only costs the consumer $30, and there are specialty boxes available, as well.

Orders can be made online at, but if paying by cash, money order or food stamps, you must go to your order/pickup location to pre-pay. Credit cards and debit cards are also accepted, and can be used when ordering online. January orders are due by Sunday, January 11, and must be picked up January 17 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Special boxes are available when a regular $30 box is purchased. The following is the January menu:

Oatmeal Variety Box
4 lbs. Chicken leg quarters
1.5 lbs. Beef patties (four 6 oz.)
18 oz. Cheese filled manicotti
2 lb. Pork rib strips
1 lb. Chicken breast fajita strips
1 lb. Ground turkey
1 lb. Broccoli
1 lb. Peas
32 oz. 2% Shelf stable milk (needs no refrigeration)
1.5 lb. Ribeye steak (four 6 oz.)
8 oz. Blueberry muffin mix
12 ct. White corn tortillas
1 lb. Pinto beans
7 oz. Chicken flavored rice and vermicelli
1 doz. Eggs
1 Dessert item

Senior Convenience Box ($28)
Ten nutritionally balanced, fully cooked meals:

New Orleans style chicken
Grilled chicken strips and penne pasta
Beef and bow tie pasta
Flame broiled Salisbury steak
Cheesy chicken and broccoli casserole
Classic chicken tetrazzini
Country fried steak
Spaghetti with meatballs
Chicken parmesan
Flame broiled beef patty
10 Desserts

Special boxes (not shown) are also available for $20-$21 each, but remember a regular $30 box must be purchased, too.

To find a participating location near you, log on to the aforementioned web site. If in the Whitehall area, call the church office at 231-6547.

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