Thursday, 22 July 2010 7:29 P.M.
Food Ministries is looking for volunteers in southeast Michigan
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-- A typical day for the people of Angel Food Ministries
includes checking their emails to see if there's someone in need
of food; doing marketing for the upcoming month's orders, taste-test
the food, daily meetings and inventories, and go about the day helping
people -- making sure that not only everything is running smoothly,
but also making sure that Angel Food stays true to its humble roots
as a ministry.
trying to bring people back to God," according to Juda Engelmayer,
director of Media, PR, and Communications, who also states that
people can be afraid of Bible-thumpers and going to church. "When
you come to the church to pick up your food", he continues,
"there's no pressure at all."
Angel Food Ministries was started by the Rev. Joseph Wingo and his
wife Linda in Monroe, Georgia, a blue-collar mill town where people
had little money, no jobs, and crime rose. "People were struggling
to find food; feeding became a priority," Englemayer said.
were forgetting basic values: jobs, taking care of family, and going
to church, so Pastors Joe and Linda spend time cutting off coupons
from newspapers and buying store closeouts. They tried to give food
away for free, but people have pride because they refused to admit
that they need help. So they put a small fee on the boxes and people
began to come."
positive word-of-mouth, people were going to the Wingo house, and
in the first month came 34 families. At the end of the day, the
Wingos saw that they had 84 cents left over, so they rounded it
up to a dollar and offered every church that sent a hungry family
their way a $1 donation per person. Now, at $30 a box per week,
a family can feed itself well and the host sites raise needed benevolence
Ministries has given 25 million boxes in food and $30 million dollars
in charities with over 6,000 non-profit chapters located in 44 states
-- including Michigan.
continue operating through box sales" Juda goes on. "We
don't rely on public assistance or donations. A $1 goes to the church,
and the rest goes to transportation and food for next month.
way our program is designed -- we're looking at feeding so many
more. People who have food stamps can't pay online; they can go
in applying or volunteering and wanting to know more about Angel
Food Ministries, go to the official website at www.angelfoodministries.com.