Abusing places like Angel Food Ministries, to get "cheap" food.

United States
February 15, 2007 6:38am CST
I was just remembering that somebody I used to talk to, told me about the Angel Food Ministries. (This is a non-profit, non-denominational organization that provides grocery relief and financial support to towns throughout the United States). She was telling me that it saves her grocery money each month (as her husband is a tight-wad), to order food through AFM, instead of doing regular grocery shopping. Now, she isn't poor. In fact, she told me how much money she spends every other week at the grocery store. I was really shocked to hear that IMO, she's using an organization meant for low income families, to save herself some money when she does her grocery shopping! She suggested I check into it in my state (as she lives elsewhere). They don't offer AFM where I live, but even if they did, I'd feel guilty taking this food away from people less fortunate. What do you think?
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@ahalapia (946)
• United States
15 Feb 07
I have purchased food from the Angel Food Ministries, and although I would qualify as being low income, the purchase of the food has no restrictions as to income level, everyone is welcome to purchase this food. I have included some other information that may be helpful to you. About Angel Food Ministries Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing grocery relief and financial support to communities throughout the United States. The program began in 1994 with 34 families in Monroe, Georgia (between Atlanta and Athens), and has grown to serve thousands of families every month across 32 states. Angel Food Ministries crosses denominational lines and has spread the good news of the gospel of Christ through salvation tracts that are placed in each food order. Available to All There are no income requirements to meet and no forms to fill out other than the order form. Anyone regardless of income can purchase these units of food. I hope some of this has been helpful to you.
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• United States
15 Feb 07
I appreciate the information. I've been to their website previously and checked it out. :) I just feel like the words "relief" and "support" are really meant for those who need "relief" and "support". And while it's great they don't discriminate based on income, and it's true that we all need to eat, I personally feel that as long as I can afford to buy my groceries at a regular market, I don't qualify as a person needing either "relief" or "support".
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
16 Feb 07
As I read this post This is what I get from it. Its more about getting the word of god into everyone's hands. it's not about the food. Angel Food Ministries crosses denominational lines and has spread the good news of the gospel of Christ through salvation tracts that are placed in each food order
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@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
15 Feb 07
Angel food ministries in my area is open to all people-- All incomes. My cousin goes to a church that hands out this food every saturday- She is always trying to get me to buy it each month. I have never-- I'm pretty picky with food and I like to see what I'm buying prior to buying it. She gets food here and is not a low income family-- nor am I... So I don't think that person is being wrong with buying their food there. It is supposed to help out everyone regardless of what their family income is.
• United States
15 Feb 07
"One Half Million Families Fed in December In the first 11 months of 2006, more families have been fed than the first 11 years of our ministry! Praise the Lord!" This is just my thought on it.. This is about ministering to people who need to be fed. And generally speaking, those who need to be fed, are typically low income. Yes, we all need to eat. But why was this non-profit started in the first place, if it were meant to feed those who so obviously can afford to feed themselves?
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• Canada
16 Feb 07
I agree with Sylvie... We have what you call Food Banks here in Ontario, Canada and they are for people who really need help getting by. I know people who are too proud to use these that really need them... I cannot imagine using one if I could afford to buy groceries and pay bills and everything. There are people who really need these services and I think the food should be saved for them!
• United States
16 Feb 07
The program is for everyone for the needy or whoever wants to save on groceries so don't feel guilty. I used to buy groceries like that all the time plus it does save alot of money.
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@rainbow (6763)
15 Feb 07
Oh my goodness, how awful! I would never do that. We don't have anything like Angel Food in this part of England, I thought it was a cake until I read more of this post, lol. Our supermarkets usualy have value brands which can be helpful at saving the pennies. It's like stealing from a charity shop, and fancy admitting it and suggesting you do it too. I don't know whether I'd be insulted at the suggestion even.
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@rainbow (6763)
16 Feb 07
I must admit this shocked me, sometimes things can be really tough, but when they are a bit better you do the best you can to buy decent food etc. I buy a lot of shops own and some value brands, because I have to watch how much I spend. I really want to allow my boys to have the best I can for them and am looking at ways to give them a better future, this means saving really hard and Shrek working really hard to get the money together for otherprojects which will benefit them in the future, but I will not allow my boys to eat rubbish food, just the healthiest and best I can afford.
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
16 Feb 07
. Each month’s menu is different than the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen meats and vegetables with an average retail value of approximately $50-$75 dollars. There for it is not rubbish.
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• United States
16 Feb 07
I don't think rainbow meant AFM's food was rubbish food. I could be wrong. Their website states where they get their food (if I remember correctly), and it sounds like it's high quality.
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@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
15 Feb 07
I think that if this woman was going to a food pantry meant for those that are unable to buy food at all sometimes and getting her food there I would be sickened by her actions. I do think she is abusing the system so to speak because her husband is cheap but as long as she is paying for the food she will be allowed to receive it
• United States
15 Feb 07
True.. as long as ya got the cash, apparently it's all good. LOL
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@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
16 Feb 07
I know,sad as it is that is the way it is set up
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@Michele21 (3095)
• United States
16 Feb 07
Anyone is welcome to get food from them, they aren't just for poor people. It is a good deal on food and they are happy to let anyone get the food that pays for it! I don't think your friend is being cheap or doing anything wrong!!
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• United States
28 Apr 07
I totally agree.
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@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
16 Feb 07
It is a very good program. I would think thatshe would feel guilty, but she is entitled to it as much as the next person. If they only wanted to serve the low income, they should put income limits on it. If I could afford it, I would go to the store before buying from them.
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@cutepenguin (6458)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
Here we have food banks. They are meant fo rpeople who are less fortunate, or people who just can't afford food one week, emergencies, stuff like that. There are so many people who need help, I just can't imagine that someone who can afford food would use this service. Then again, the food bank, while they do get discounts on buying food, does rely very heavily on donations. I don't think very many higher income people even know where the food bank is, although most donate to it, especially around Christmas time. I suppose if the service says all income levels, then it is okay for your friend to use it. I don't know who comfortable I would be with it - I'd only use the Food Bank if I couldn't afford to feed my kids.
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@peni88 (469)
• United States
16 Feb 07
hi, i would like to thank you for the info on this site. i know a few people who are in desperate need of food right now. i wish i knew about these places when i was in need. i think its pretty sad that even though this lady can afford to pay for her own food, she uses this place and food banks to get the "extra" food. thatnk again, i am going to pass this info along.
• United States
16 Feb 07
angelfoodministries.com it is NOT for only families in need of help. it is for everyone. it costs $25 and you get quite a bit of food...the menus are different each month. you can get the menu on line. you go and pay before like the 8th of the month and go pick it up around the 25th of the month. (the times are different for different places)
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@aries6484 (279)
• India
16 Feb 07
i did not understand what is afm?can you please tell what it is?
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@peni88 (469)
• United States
16 Feb 07
its the abbreviation for angel food mimistries. its cheap food for people.
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• United States
16 Feb 07
This food is NOT for people with low incomes. Anyone can get it. It is offered here and I called just to make sure and it is NOT for low income families. It is for anyone who wants to do it. They charge $25 and you get the menu off the internet at angelfoodministries.com your friend has nothing to be ashamed of.
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• United States
16 Feb 07
we have a place like this where people give donations of clothing. there was a woman who would go and get all the fre clothing she could and then sell the stuff on ebay and at yard sales. the actually banned her form coming to their give aways because of what she did.
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• United States
16 Feb 07
hey there! as much as its good of you to save it for other people that need it. But I have bought from them,and they arent for low income at all..its for anyone and everybody..its actually a great way for people to save and that ANGEL FOOD makes there money threw many churches. and they have wonderful food,,and great choices.,.and for anyone that is interested if they have it in your twon heres is some information for ya :) Angel Food Ministries 1620 South Broad Street Monroe, Georgia 30655 770-267-7015 / 888-819-3745 Fax 770-267-8031 Or call our new Angel Food hotline at 1-877-FOOD-MINISTRY for answers anytime! and heres there site http://www.angelfoodministries.com/
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• United States
16 Feb 07
I don't think anybody's doubting it's great food, and that they have great choices. :)
• Nigeria
16 Feb 07
pls can u give the adresses of such organisation so i get my fair shear pls
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• United States
16 Feb 07
http://www.angelfoodministries.com/about.asp
• United States
16 Feb 07
Whether you are frgual or truly poor, it doesn't make a difference, you probably have a difficult time paying the bills and food prices are expensive. These organizations are generous enough to offer their food to anyone, they really have no restrictions. Of course not the rich, but if you were rich would you be asking for free food, personally i wouldn't. i would be buying onlu fresh, organic food, not cheap, genetically modified food. not that im criticizing the food being given away, i actually appreciate the organization's great efforts!
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@peavey (15379)
• United States
16 Feb 07
I may kind of be playing devil's advocate here, but on their web site it states: "Provides discounted food not only for those that need it, but for any others who appreciate deep discounts on quality groceries." That sounds as if they're not so concerned about income. Angel Food Ministries uses the outreach as a religious one, not limited to financial problems.
@villageanne (8579)
• United States
16 Feb 07
Everyone is encouraged to participate in this program. It is not just for low income families. It is for everyone. There are no income guidelines.
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@magnel (2263)
• India
16 Feb 07
Ya... i think that it is wrong... these kind of organizations are specially meant for the low income group of people... taking due advantage of it just to save some bucks is not right... but we can't do anything about it, the person doing should realize about it...
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• United States
16 Feb 07
That is wrong. Angel Food Ministries is for people who have no money or means to get food what-so-ever. People should not be abusing charities like that. The needy are the ones who really need that food the most.
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@cjthedog64 (1554)
• United States
16 Feb 07
A church up the street from us is part of AFM. They aren't just for low incomes. I've looked into doing it, but never remember to order on time. I'd also be a little nervous about people finding out because they'd think it was for poor people. I'll have to keep my eyes open for it again. They have some really great deals!
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