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Providing food from the heavens

For parents coping with the ever changing economy and the struggle of trying to feed a family, help may be as close as a neighborhood church.
For parents coping with the ever changing economy and the struggle of trying to feed a family, help may be as close as a neighborhood church.
Gilmer Baldridge Church of Christ is hosting a program to help families stretch their food dollars further with boxes of food items designed to round out a menu for a family of four for a week. Angel Food Ministries is a program that takes restaurant grade food, including meat and chicken and sells it to families at a highly discounted rate. Families go to distribution centers in their community at designated times during the month to pay for items and then show up two weeks later to pick up their food items.
According to the Angel Food Ministries Web site, the program was started in 1994 by pastors Joe and Linda Wingo of Monroe, Ga., who were trying to help families suffering through plant closures that left many unemployed. The program started with the distribution center being on the Wingo’s back porch and has blossomed into a charitable organization that helps feed more than 500,000 families in 35 states nationwide.
The Gilmer Baldridge Church of Christ location is one of 10 in Ellis County that offer the service and volunteer Dr. William Kinzie said he has seen firsthand the families the program helps.
“The program is a real blessing to those that take advantage of it,” he said. “We have seen the families that come to pick up their food boxes and we know the savings on food costs have really helped them out. My wife and I also purchase some of the boxes to give out to seniors and people we know that need a helping hand, they really come in handy.”
The program also accepts food stamps as well as cash and money orders for the boxes and is unique in that everyone qualifies to take part. There are no restrictions or qualifications that have to be met. The program is under the direction of Larry and Sherry Davis who have been overseeing the project for the past two years. In an earlier interview, Larry Davis described the level of need the group has been seeing and why they continue to participate in the program.
"The site in Ennis opened 22 months ago and served 48 units the first month,” Davis said. “We now average between 110 and 140 units a month. We felt like there was a need here, it’s a passion. It’s a ministry for us.”
For every food package ordered from the location at Gilmer Baldridge Church of Christ, the church receives $1 from Angel Food Ministries, but Davis said this money is circulated back into the ministry to buy a freezer to hold orders for customers who aren’t able to make it to Distribution Day or to hold additional orders to be given away.
The next order date to purchase food boxes, which range from $25-30 is Dec. 8 with a pick up or distribution date prior to the Christmas holidays on Dec. 20. To view a full menu or find out more about the program, visit www.angelfoodministries.com. For information on the Ennis program contact 972-646-5478.

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