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Food ministry helps families save money on grocery bills




Bryce and Joann Baker, of Whitesburg, (pictured at left), were in the process of getting food items during the distribution of the Angel Food Ministry program held Saturday at the Whitesburg First Baptist Church. Gerri Haynes (front right) and Waughlita Little helped hand out food.

Bryce and Joann Baker, of Whitesburg, (pictured at left), were in the process of getting food items during the distribution of the Angel Food Ministry program held Saturday at the Whitesburg First Baptist Church. Gerri Haynes (front right) and Waughlita Little helped hand out food.

With gas prices on the rise, people are looking for ways to cut back on expenses. Joann Baker of Whitesburg has found the Angel Food Ministry to be one way she can save money.

“It definitely helps out,” Baker said of the discount-food program that operates out the Whitesburg First Baptist Church.

June was the busiest month yet for the Ministry, as 256 orders were filled.

The church parking lot was full last Saturday morning as people came to buy packages of frozen and boxed food items. The basic food package consists of 17 items, but people can buy special packages made up of different meats or vegetables.

“They can get $40 to $60 worth of food for $30,” said Larry Adams, Angel Food Ministry host site coordinator for the church.

Gerri Haynes, a church member from Craft’s Colly, volunteers with the program and says she is very satisfied with the quality of the food.

“It’s the best deal you’ll ever get,” said Haynes.

Adams said it gives people a chance to purchase restaurantquality food at a discounted price.

The program requires about 30 volunteers from the church to help unload the items into the church and then help people get their food. Volunteers even carry heavy boxes of food to people’s vehicles for them.

“For us we think it is a great opportunity to witness to our community and help them save money,” said Adams.

In the seven months the Whitesburg First Baptist Church has participated in the Angel Food Ministry, it has filled 3,000 orders.

For $30, anyone, regardless of income, can purchase a box of food. The food varies from month to month. The package of frozen and packaged food for July includes a family crockpot dinner, boneless pork filet, breaded chicken chunks, beef ribs, meatloaf and gravy, beef fajitas, fully-cooked meatballs, all-meat hot dogs, broccoli, peas and carrots, pasta sauce, pasta, 2- percent reduced fat shelf stable milk, fruit juice, tortillas, blueberry muffin mix, a dozen eggs and one dessert item.

Orders must be placed at the Whitesburg First Baptist Church or The Way Christian Bookstore by July 12. Distribution of the food is set for July 26 from 10 a.m. until noon at the church.

Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization that began in 1994 as a small outreach ministry in Georgia. Angel Food Ministries can now be found in more than 3,200 communities in 34 states and helps feed more than 500,000 families each month.

For more information, call 606-632-0899 after 5 p.m.

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