Monday, November 17, 2008

Some food for thought

Our small congregation recently decided to participate in Angel Food Ministries, and Ralph and I have gotten involved as volunteers.
We honestly have done very little, yet it feels good to be helping people in our church and community by being a small part of the process.
We attended a training in September at a church about 20 miles from here, to get an idea of what the program offers. The people there were so friendly and welcoming; they have been doing Angel Food work for a year already, and have a big following.
October was our church's first food distribution. I'm glad I wasn't in charge, because there were a few problems that needed to be ironed out.
All in all in went well.

This Saturday we will be at church to help with the November and Thanksgiving distribution. Mary, our very organized (and very pregnant!) coordinator, told us there are a lot more orders than the first time, so there will be more people showing up. Good thing the co-coordinator is her helpful hubby, David.

Even though Ralph uses a wheelchair, he is able to be the official greeter as members of the public arrive, and yell out the order numbers to the other volunteers.
A "regular box" includes groceries, eggs, frozen meats and vegetables for just $30. You also can select a senior/convenience box of microwaveable meals as well as a variety of "special boxes." The specials feature frozen meat combinations and fresh fruits and vegetables for $21 and $22. It is a good deal.

There is no income limit; anyone can purchase the food. I saw well-dressed people driving off in late-model cars and SUVs in addition to those who were less affluent.
We all need to eat, and why not take the opportunity to buy food at a good price?

This sounds like an advertisement for Angel Food Ministries. It's not, I just thought I'd post something about it, in case you live near a church that participates in the program
I'd recommend it.


Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

i have seen this in podunk too but didn't know anyone could do it. that is lovely. and thanks for volunteering honey!

smiles, bee

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

Wonderful that you both volunteered...

maryt/theteach said...

What a nice activity to participate in Patti, especially at Thanksgiving time! Say hi to Ralph! :)

Linda said...

I'm sure that you and Ralph will both find this to be a very rewarding activity and that you'll be making a lot of people happy.

And isn't that what life is all about - making each other happy?