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Daily Dish: An Angel Can Help Stretch Your Food Budget

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Need to stretch your food budget this month? Angel Food Ministries can help.

This mission, which started in Georgia in 1994 and is now in 35 states, offers low-cost food packages to anyone who wants to place an order.

According to the non-profit agency’s website, www.AngelFoodMinistries.com, “Angel Food is available in a quantity that can fit into a medium-sized box at $30 per unit. Each month’s menu is different than the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of approximately $60. Comparison shopping has been done across the country in various communities using a wide range of retail grocery stores and has resulted in the same food items costing from between $42 and $78.”

The August menu shows that $23 will bring an assorted meat box consisting of 1.5 pounds New York strip steaks, 2 pounds Boston butt pork chops, 2 pounds lean hamburger meat and 1 pound Italian sausage with cheese. A menu of senior and convenience meals is also offered, as is an allergen-free box for those avoiding peanuts, gluten, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish and tree nuts.

“Generally, one unit of food assists in feeding a family of four for about one week or a single senior citizen for almost a month,” the site says. “The food is all the same high quality one could purchase at a grocery store. There are no second-hand items, no damaged or out-dated goods, no dented cans without labels, no day-old breads and no produce that is almost too ripe.”

You can read the menus and place your order online. You can also find out where the closest distribution center is to your home. A few in the area include Whole Life in Converse, Shepherd King Lutheran Church and Rolling Oaks Baptist Church in San Antonio, New Life Fellowship in Universal City and Branches of the True Vine in Kirby.

Food stamps are accepted.

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