Thrifty Thursday – Save on Groceries

by on May 22, 2008

This guest post was written by Terry Delaney. You can read more from Terry at Diary of a Seminary Student and Said at Southern.

If you are like most seminary students, money is tight. In order to be good stewards of what God has given us, we need to find ways to make our budgets stretch. In this day and age of high gas prices and even higher food costs, money disappears fast. This is where Angel Food Ministries comes into the picture.

Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing food relief and contributing to benevolent outreaches in communities throughout the United States. They do this by partnering with church to provide quality groceries at below grocery store prices.

The beauty of the program is that you get about $60 worth of groceries for $30. There are no conditions that need to be met other than you pay for your box of food and/or the special boxes you want to purchase each month. There is no need to show proof of income or even residency. There are no membership fees or long term agreements to sign. All you do is find a church that is a host site for the delivery of the food, pay for your food before the deadline (it varies according to whatever state you live in) and bring an empty box or laundry basket to carry your food home on the day of pickup at the local church in your area.

The food is name brand quality and usually consists of frozen meats and veggies and some box type dinners. You can view a menu, which changes every month, here. Keep in mind that the menu can vary from state to state and location to location. In case you might be little worried about the quality of the food you’ll get:

Our food is “restaurant grade” meats, frozen vegetables, fruits, dairy products, etc. which we acquire through our involvement with only the best producers/vendors of high quality, “name brand” foods. Never “seconds” or “day old” type products are involved.

Again, the cost for one box of food is only $30 and you’ll get about twice as much food than if you were to go to your local store and buy the same items there.

There is also information on how to become a host church if this is a ministry that you would like to share with your community. I know of some churches that purchase boxes of food to bolster their own food pantries and others who choose a family or two each month to help out with groceries.

About

The author of this post is noted above. GoingtoSeminary.com and Best-Seminary.com were created by Ryan Burns. He is currently on staff at Redemption Hill Church in Richmond, VA, and recently launched a site to help people find Seminary Scholarships and anther site to help people find Church Jobs. He also writes about his experiences doing GORUCK events on his hobby blog.