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Old 05-20-2011, 07:29 AM
 
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Does anyone here buy groceries from ANGEL FOOD MINISTRIES? I've heard of it for years but always thought it was for low-income people only. However, a friend of mine, who is definitely not low-income, told me that she uses it and loves it.

So I checked it out. It's a great way to get quality groceries cheap. You make your selection(s) from monthly menus online and pay at that time; then you pick up your food at the place of your choosing on a certain date. Each month's menu is different and consists of fresh, frozen and packaged food purchased from the nation’s top food suppliers.

The downside is that most selections offer boxes of various meats, veggies and fruits and you have to buy the entire box, whether you like everything in it or not. However, the prices are so good that I havent minded buying boxes that have a few things for which I dont care.

And the monthly menus always include nice specialty items. For example, June's menu has a 4-lb box of sirloin strip steaks (8 of the 8-oz strips) for $25 and an 8-lb box of hamburger steaks (16 of the 8-oz steaks) for $28.

The below link shows the June menu. There's also more info about the program and the pickup locations:
Food Menu - Angel Food Ministries

DISCLAIMER: This is not an advertisement. I have no financial interest in this group. I submitted this post only because I think it's an interesting, very inexpensive way to buy groceries.
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:39 AM
 
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Thanks for the link. The steaks are a good price. Most of the other things I can find for a better price on sale at the grocery store. I don't like being tied down to one day to pick it up.

It is a good service for some
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:44 AM
 
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I've done the research as well with this outfit. Even considering that I won't love EVERYTHING in the basic box, you cannot beat the $35 price tag. I ordered two for May, and will be picking them up tomorrow.

It'll provide 10-12 nights of dinner for our family of four, plus some extras for lunch. We're big eaters too. As they tell you exactly what type of food you get, if you price it out in your local grocery stores, you'll see that you cannot get a better deal on your own, overall.
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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And you are doing something good for others as well as getting a deal yourself.

The basic box you have to buy is good. But the meat specials are even better.
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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I'm not sure I understand, yellowsnow. You dont have to buy any basic box. My sister and my daughter bought only several of the meat specials.
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Old 05-20-2011, 10:21 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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I used something similar to Angel Food Ministries when I was unemployed early this century. The church wanted $20 for the regular box, but they also had an all-meat box for $25.

So much food for a single person! I think I bought 3 of the all-meat over a 6 month period. But worth it.
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Old 05-21-2011, 08:20 AM
 
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Years ago, when Angel Food first began, you had to order the basic box box in order to 'qualify' for the specials, with the exception of the Seniors box.
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Old 05-21-2011, 09:10 AM
 
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Oh, I wasnt aware of that. Thanks for the info!
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Old 05-21-2011, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Hookerville, formerly in Tweakerville
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I would not buy food sight unseen. I can get better prices at the grocery stores when meat is on sale.
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Old 05-21-2011, 11:15 AM
 
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Omygosh, I just got back from picking up my food. I cant believe how much there was! I had to give a lot of it to my neighbor because I wont be able to eat all of it...frozen (steaks, pork steaks, sausage links, sandwiches, ice cream and more), fruits and veggies (too much to specify), dairy (milk, eggs, etc), after-school foods for my grandkids and more.

I was concerned about buying it all unseen but so many other people had told me how good it all is that I went ahead and tried it. I'm so glad I did! There's not one spoiled or not-fresh item in the boxes. And, even if I gave away half of what I bought, the prices make it a good deal. Plus, no fighting the grocery store lines!
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