Cheap Eats: Angel Food Ministries

Posted on Feb 13 2011 - 10:48pm by Nicole Smith

Angel Food Ministries may be the food solution for you and your family!

As I’ve stated in a previous post, many Maine residents are struggling on a day-to-day basis to feed their families. With the rising cost of food prices, a budget of $200 doesn’t go far. While some families have the ability to allot more money to feed their families each month, for some, $200 or less is all they have to feed their families. Trust me, that’s not a lot to live on.

Because of the rise in food prices, more families are turning to couponing and discount shopping for their groceries in order to make their monthly budget stretch as far as possible. One other solution that not many families are aware of is Angel Food Ministries.

To be honest, I had no idea this organization existed until last year when I saw them mentioned on Work Place Like Home. Their facilities are located in 45 states and provide a wide variety of food boxes at low prices.

On the two occassions we tried Angel Food Ministries’ boxes, we were impressed. The fruit and veggie box was chuck full of ripe fruits and veggies that lasted us about a month.The meats weren’t bad either. All in all, it’s a program that I fully recommend to anyone looking to purchase as much food as possible for as little as possible. The beauty of AFM is that they accept SNAP benefits too, so if you receive a monthly stipend, you can use them to order from AFM.

As for the box prices, they range from $21 and up, depending on which box you choose.

Averaged out, some of the numbers look like this, depending on the month:

  • 10lb. chicken special box – $18. Averaged out, that’s $1.80 per lb.
  • 4lb. Black Angus Steak Siroloin box – $25. Averaged out, that’s $6.25 per lb. (If I were to buy these steaks at my local Shaw’s, it would cost me WAY more.)

Now, if you were to purchase the $31 box, it states that it will feed a family of four for about a week. Averaged out, that’s $4.42 per day, or $1.10 per person per day. Not bad!

So, to find out if Angel Food Ministries is cost-effective for you and your family, you’ll need to take note of the prices of the items found on the menu and compare them to the stores you regularly shop at. I know, for the most part, that I can’t purchase that amount of food for the same price at my local stores.

LOCATIONS:

AFM has 15 locations throughout the state of Maine, which you can find below. Each link contains info on ordering in that area, as well as a link to that month’s menu.

Auburn

Augusta

Bridgton

Buxton

Chelsea

Cumberland

Gardiner

Harpswell

Portland

Rockland

Topsham

Waldoboro

Waterville

Windham

York Harbor

If you decide to purchase from Angel Food Ministries, please feel free to stop by here and leave a review of the food you ordered. I’m sure that your experiences with AFM”s boxes will help others wondering if they should choose this option for providing food for their loved ones. Happy eating!

2 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Chrystal February 13, 2011 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Our church has this. They do the giant box for $30. I have been wanting to try it to see how it works and how long I can make it last. Matt lost his food benefits when he got his job back at the hospital. I just lost mine for reasons I can’t figure out so I have to call them Monday. But even with that little bit of help it is hard to feed the 3 of us, especially when he eats as much as 4 people and lil m being only 6, and only with us on weekends, she eats like a horse. I cant get over how much this lil girl eats! We do have a discount outlet that sells damaged items, torn box, close to expire, and dented cans. Super cheap. I can get $400 for $100. Its awesome. Its just so far, hard for me to get to sometimes. So…I am always looking for ways to cut our budget.

    • nireland February 13, 2011 at 11:47 pm - Reply

      Well definitely check them out. The fruit and veggie box is one of my favs.

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