Angel Food Ministries, about helping people
With the economy being what it is, things have been tight everywhere. As I was looking through the newspaper this past week, I found that it had no “Help Wanted” section. Homes are being foreclosed. Bankruptcies are being filed. Stores are shutting their doors. Industry is going broke. GM wants the government to bail it out. All this affects Americans personally.
What can the public do in tough times? I looked at spending and cut down immediately on non-essentials. I put myself on a budget. Mortgage, taxes, household expenses, utilities, and insurance get paid first. Then comes debt, both car loans and plastic.
Entertainment, travel, and luxuries take the hit. Then my family has to eat.
There is no empty nest. We have a revolving door for the kids and their families. So, naturally, I try to stretch food dollars. I avoid purchasing prepared foods–they are costly, less nutritious, and don’t go as far as meals made from scratch. I invested in a vacuum machine as well as Ziplocs in every size. If there are leftovers, I put together a mini-meal and freeze it.
I gear my shopping list to sales. I check all supermarket circulars and go from store to store locally if the specials are real. (Do you realize some stores inflate their prices before they advertise big promos?) I use coupons–double or triple ones under $1.00 if I can. I buy in bulk then portion off at home. I am well-stocked on staples in my pantry. It is the meat and fresh produce that takes a hit.
Angel Food Ministries helped me deal with this. It operates in 35 states and services a half million people each month. It partners with church and community organized organizations. Ocean County has four. No applications are necessary and there is no income restriction. Orders are placed a few weeks in advance of pickup and are paid by credit card, cashier check, or food stamps. I decided that I had to check it out.
I got my first order last week. I was impressed. There was enough food in it to fee two adults and two children for a week. For $30 there was steak, pork chops, chicken breasts, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, pie, milk, eggs, cereal, rice, beans,fries, and veggies. I know I saved many dollars. For another $28 I also got ten senior/convenience meals. It’s great to have them handy for the nights I can’t cook.
One last thing, good people understand there are many ways to lead a good life. No pressure or obligation in any way will be on you to get involved religiously. Angel Food Ministries is about helping people. Being able to have high quality food at a low price is a tremendous plus. For more information go to www.angelfoodministries.com on the internet.