Angel Food helps stretch food dollars one box at a time

Getting Angel Food boxes ready for families in the community are, from left, Nan Taylor, Stephanie Mogridge, Kim Kidd, John Kidd, Jill Fox, Megan Gass and Ray Henderson. Ajay Kidd is seen leading the group in the foreground.

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Getting Angel Food boxes ready for families in the community are, from left, Nan Taylor, Stephanie Mogridge, Kim Kidd, John Kidd, Jill Fox, Megan Gass and Ray Henderson. Ajay Kidd is seen leading the group in the foreground.

If you need a little help stretching your family’s food dollar, call John Kidd and the folks at Broadway United Methodist.

All you have to bring to receive approximately two weeks worth of food is a box and $41, said Kidd.

Kidd and a group of volunteers from the church have spearheaded Angel Food Ministries outreach through the church since Spring.

“We’ve been doing this since May, and we’ve seen orders increase. Now we are filling up to 90 boxes,” he said.

One box can contain enough food to last a family for two to four weeks. A look in one box reveals pasta, eggs, steak, fruit and, vegetables. “It’s good stuff. It’s not what people generally think,” he said. “There are no dented cans.

The Thanksgiving Box has turkey, dressing, rolls, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce and other items that make up a holiday meal. “There’s everything for Thanksgiving in a box for $41,” he said. “How can you beat that? And it’s all brand-name quality stuff.”

Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing grocery relief and financial support to communities throughout the United States. The program began in 1994 with 34 families in Monroe, Georgia (between Atlanta and Athens), and has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of families every month across 32 states.

Kidd said anyone can participate. All they have to do is order off the menu seen online or at the church and pay for their order. “We have business people come in, and we have people in need come in. The menu does change from month to month. One month we might have T-Bone steak and the next there may be rib eyes,” he said.

Kidd said this is just another ministry of the church and members there are happy to serve. “We want folks to check hunger off their lists,” he said. “This program is not self-serving and does nothing but helps everyone who walks through the door. There’s nothing at all negative and nothing to be ashamed of.”

At Broadway United Methodist, the Angel Food distribution days are usually the third Saturday of each month from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The orders must be pre-ordered and when folks come to pick up their orders, they must bring a box to put their groceries in it, Kidd said.

For information, call the church at 865-982-6192 or on the web, click on http://www.broadwayumc.net.

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