October 26th, 2010
03:07 PM ET

Donors can help feed military families

A nonprofit that has distributed millions of boxes of steeply discounted food to the needy is offering people a chance to pass the blessing forward to a military family.

Angel Food Ministries of Monroe, Georgia, distributes food boxes through a network of 6,000 churches and social service agencies in 44 states. Recipients pay $30 for boxes of food worth $42 to $78. There are no income restrictions and no application forms.

The organization says it provides affordable food to 500,000 families a month.

In a new initiative, Angel Food is encouraging people to contribute $36 to buy holiday food boxes for the families of active-duty military personnel.
"Our service women and men put so much on the line," said Pastor Joe Wingo, founder and CEO of Angel Food Ministries. "And their families are the ones who feel it the most. We want to help them and help the enlisted folks know we care."

The organization is extending the benefit to non-military families as well.

"We have so many truly hungry here in our country, and this same program can feed them, too," Wingo said.

Boxes can be ordered through Angel Food's website, where users also can find monthly box menus and locations of distribution points.

The program will continue after the holiday season is over, with regular $30 boxes available for gifting to both military and non-military families, spokesman Juda Engelmayer said.

Angel Food Ministries says it has distributed more than 25 million boxes of food since it was founded in 1994. The boxes contain high-quality fresh and frozen foods, including meats.

"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," the website says.

The group fed 40,000 people in Pensacola, Florida, for free on one day during the peak of the oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico.

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  1. Gilbert

    Good story, true many have put so much on the line. How does Mary Adkins feel about this piece?

    October 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fraudcatcher

    Military families get housing free, a non taxable food allowance monthly, no need to contribute to an IRA, medical care at bargain basement rates and EVERYONE gives them discounts on almost EVERYTHING. If they can't afford food, it's due to poor money management

    October 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lauren@Forged

      I have the pleasure of working with a lot of military-based charities, I would suggest looking into these organizations to learn the plight of some of those in the military. Throughout the United States, in most job-industries and every state there are Americans who's income doesn't provide for a standard quality of life and soldiers are unfortunately not exempt from that statistic. Every American deserves a helping hand up, especially those (military) who serve on our behalf.

      October 27, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. acie green

    @Gilbert– stop stalking Mary Atkins, you weirdo.

    October 26, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hannah

    If the family of service people cannot afford to feed themselves, there is a much bigger issue there.

    October 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. harold

    Quantico is not a recruiting center. It is the ADVANCED TRAINING CENTER FOR MARINES AS WELL AS THE FBI.
    I know no one will read this because there is no way to contact you, and I am on the wrong blag or blog or twit which i don't no anything about. There are alot of us like that . We remember when you were News and not sensational tabloid.

    October 26, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kimski

    I agree with fraud catcher its poor money management. Being in the military is no different than any other job there you just get to tack advantage of the tax dollar.

    October 26, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dr. Love

    Ok.......... your overseas fighting for your country and your wife and kids have to stand in a food line to get something to eat??? Obamaland is really F..ked up!!!!!

    October 26, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fraudcatcher

    Dr Love they've complained about pay well before the current administration. By the way, please explain how our troops are fighting for our country?

    October 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomcat

      @fraudcatcher... Sorry my mistake!!!! I keep forgetting that people from all over the world, read and post on these blogs. Here in America we presently have troops over sea fighting terrorist. What country do you live in?

      October 26, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michelle

    Why can't the Military feed the Military families?

    October 26, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Seth

    The fact that these people serve us at a real physically felt level should not escape us. They do not get paid so well and their families live without spouses and parents for long stretches. To give them food is a nice and noble way to tell them Thank You. Anyone arguing that hey don't manage their money well enough is missing the point, Some may, some may not, yet they all get paid relatively poorly for such a big job that takes so much. if you're worrying about them not managing expenses, you probably don't give to people at all – as the same has been said about many living on public assistance.

    October 26, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Angela

    Having been in a military family all my life, may I first say take a long walk off a short pier to those who think everyone without money can help themselves by managing better. Next to walk can be those who think the military already gives us enough.

    You are not given a food allowance. You are giving a living expense allowance to pay for the average cost of housing and utilities (water, lights, heat) in your area. You may get lucky if you pay less, more often than not you get left with a gap. There is not always enough base housing for the families that need it. Irregardless of the base (Navy, Air Force, etc) you have to share the housing with every branch, including the local recruiters. So you may have a Navy base without housing for a Navy family but a dozen Army families in housing.

    The "free" insurance does not cover anything. There are many things not covered, including braces which are more and more popular for kids.

    The pay you get for being active duty, even hazard pay for being in an active zone, does not cover expenses for many families, let alone make up for the sacrifice they make for the rest of their country.

    While I don't normally buy Angel Food boxes, I will gladly drop off a donation for my local active duty families. Same as I did when 6 of them had their free houses burnt to the ground.

    Discounts are also not on everything, please site to me where Walmart, Kmart, Target, CVS, etc give them discounts. Most discounts are from insurance, hotels, and on military holidays. And once again, they have earned it and your respect. Any issues you have with the military is with the commander in chief, etc. Not the poor guy who is just trying to earn enough to feed his family and pay for college to better his life (or hers).

    October 26, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      Thanks for your insite Angela. Many of these people who have commented have no clue about what you are trying to enlighten them with. I, too, will be glad to buy donation boxes from Angel Food Ministries to support those who secure my freedom!

      October 27, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      Bravo Angela. I gotta wonder what planet some of these people are from and how they could think it's all sunshine and roses if you're in the military. People don't get rich fighting (and often dying and leaving wives without husbands, husbands without wives and children without one of their parents) for their country and their families DO suffer. Some of these people should join the military (fraudcatcher for one) if it's so lucrative. I too, will be buying and donating to military families.

      October 27, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. jennifer

    ok to those of you who think military get "free" housing that is a load of crap. i'm a military wife it is not free. military housing is also very strick if you leave your trash can out by the road you get fined for it. if your grass gets to high you get fined for it. so tell me how military housing is free

    October 27, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dawn

    Please understand that Angel Food Ministries is a food co-op. The food is at a discounted price because so many people buy and volunteers are used to take orders and distribute the food. So the more people who buy, the greater the buying power and better the price. There is no standing in a "food line". You are simply picking up the food you PURCHASED. It is not free, just a reasonable price. It is a great way to stretch your dollar regardless of your income.

    October 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
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