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Thanksgiving Dinner from Angels

October 26th, 2009 · No Comments

I have recently learned about a program called Angel Food Ministries.   The ministry provides food packages that cost a little less than half of their retail value through local churches .  The website states that the package should be enough to feed a family of 4 for a week and the cost is $30.   The value of the food is approximately $65.  Sounds like a really good deal, doesn’t it?  There are no income requirements for Angel Food Packages, they are available for anyone.

The Food

I looked at the menu for November 2009.  The basic package cost is $30 and includes the following:

  • 1.5 lbs rib eye steaks (3 8 oz steaks)
  • 4 Boneless Center cut Pork Chops
  • 2 lb bag fried Rice Skillet meal
  • 22 oz lasagna
  • 22 oz breaded fish patties (5)
  • 1 lb lean hamburger
  • 1.5 lb breaded chicken breast
  • 1 lb frozen zucchini
  • 1 lb frozen cauliflower
  • 1 lb broccoli
  • 1 lb hash brown patties
  • 8 oz breakfast cereal
  • 2 lb onions
  • Box of 2% milk
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • One family dessert item

I worked out pricing for this and it is truly a pretty good deal IF you will use all of the food that comes in it.  It would not work for Randy and I because we eat very little pre-prepared meals like breaded chicken or frozen lasagna.  However, I can see where it would be a great deal for my youngest daughter and her spouse who is in the military.   I can also see where it would benefit a great many people who are on a tight budget and their grocery budget was stretched thin.  When I had children to feed and worked full time, I often used convenience foods on those nights when there just wasn’t time to cook a full meal.

They also offer additional specials that are meat and fresh vegetables that Randy and I would use.  I am seriously considering ordering the assorted meat special.  I had considered the vegetable special but I honestly think I can do better than that at the local grocery store.

Thanksgiving Dinner

For November, Angel Food Ministries is offering a Thanksgiving dinner package for $36.  The package includes both turkey and ham as well as all of the traditional fixings.  It’s actually a pretty good deal.  This is an additional item and not the basic package.   It can be ordered through the local distribution sites through October 28th. You can find your local site at Angel Food Ministries website.

The Jury Is Out

I cannot in good conscience promote Angel Food Ministries without also mentioning the negative side.  It seems that the ministry is a non profit organization that was started by one family.  The family has come under some pretty negative press for receiving exorbitant salaries.   I don’t know the circumstances of this and I won’t pass judgment on something just from reading the press but it is something to consider if you are looking to donate to this organization.

If you would like to read some comments on Angel Food Ministries food, Frugal Living had a post that asked their readers to weigh in yay or nay.  My impression from reading a few hundred comments was that if you really need to stretch your grocery budget, it is a great deal.  If you are used to eating premium foods, you will probably not be happy.  Overall, I think that the packages probably are more appreciated by the people who need them rather than the people who are just looking for a good deal.

Have you tried their packages?  What was your experience?

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