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Angel Food Ministries: Yah or Nay?

By November 18, 2008

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Angel Food Ministries – some say it's the key to an affordable grocery bill, others say it's an all-round bad deal? What do you say? Share your experiences with Angel Food Ministries.

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November 18, 2008 at 5:33 pm
(1) Emily says:

I was a big proponent of AFM until last month, when it became obvious that it’s not really the most frugal option for my family. It’s heavy on steaks, and we stick to more of an ethnic diet that uses meat as flavoring, not a food group. And the breaded chicken? Went straight in the trash. Much of it was gristle and fat. We also ordered the produce box once, only to get it home and find half of it in an advanced state of moulder. Not to say we won’t do it again, but for $30, I can buy a whole lotta dried beans and canned veg.

November 18, 2008 at 5:45 pm
(2) Gloria says:

I have enjoyed it in the past. For various reasons, have not ordered recently. Overall, my experience has been good with Angel Food Ministries.

November 18, 2008 at 5:59 pm
(3) jp69 says:

I used to use it in the past. I have found that alot of the food was cheap food that you could probably get a the dollar store. And if you ordered off the premium menu, then alot of the times the meat was not a good quality, like someone else said, alot of gristle and fat. Alot of processed food that are high in fat and just basically low quality. Not to mention that you had to pay for the food upfront and and it wouldnt come in for two weeks. In this economy today, I understand that $30.00 is cheap for a weeks worth of food, but when you need to buy food, you need it know, not two weeks from when you bought it.

November 18, 2008 at 6:24 pm
(4) Jackie says:

I have used Angel Food Ministries for a couple of months now. I found that the food has been of a nice quality for the price. The only downside is having to place and pick up your order by the specified deadline or date.

November 18, 2008 at 8:18 pm
(5) Kiyomi says:

Angel food ministries is a big thing at our church (Calvery Chapel) and I think it has helped significantly. Me and my husband are just starting out and we can’t afford diddly squat! But I am so glad for those guys. They do an excellent job =]

November 18, 2008 at 11:04 pm
(6) Lynne says:

I used them last month and am eagerly aawaiting Novembers food box. The only problem I had with Oct was that the steaks were grisley. Everything else was of good quality and the kids loved the steaks so I can’t complain. I am moving this week to a new state and will use this food box to stock my freezer for the first time!! It has saved me alot at the store if only because I am going there less often and am less likly to buy stuff I don’t really need.

November 19, 2008 at 2:13 am
(7) Robin says:

Angel Food has been wonderful for my family of 4. I think the quality of food has improved since I started ordering about a year and a half ago. This has been a huge money saver for me. It’s also helped me to be more creative in cooking. My only complaint is there is a lot of the sausages, which sometimes is too spicy.

November 19, 2008 at 2:14 am
(8) Melinda says:

Perhaps it is by state or something, but I know that here is southern Missouri, we have had very good food. This ministy is serving the majority, not the minority, so, in saying that if you don’t eat from the food groups that the average person would eat from, then perhaps no this wouldn’t be your best bet. But, I have had only one or two instances of having issues with steaks or chicken. This is some of the best chicken tenders that I have ever eaten from this ministy.

November 19, 2008 at 2:38 am
(9) J C says:

September’s box was extraordinary! All the meat items were surprisingly high quality and tasty …..and I’m a butcher’s daughter and very choosy. The packaged things were fine, like the generic ricearoni and shelf-stable milk. Good stuff! It was certainly worth the $30. It’s not charity, but a ministry much like a co-op. Someday I’ll order again, hoping for the best again.

November 19, 2008 at 2:41 am
(10) Mary says:

We have used AFM for years and are usually very pleased. Some of the chicken is too peppery for me but my family loves it. If there is an item that we do not eat I give it to my adult son or daughter’s families. I have heard people complain about the size of the steaks etc. but the fact is that they are portioned to what we should eat not what we would like to consume and believe me I can down a good sized steak with the rest of them. One thing I also like is that it is for anyone who wants to use it. I also like that with a certain number of boxes purchased the distributers recieve an additional box for their local ministry. (I think it is 20 but not sure) so I get good food and a reasonable price and I am helping someone in need at the same time.
Mary

November 19, 2008 at 3:03 am
(11) CarrieSue says:

Here in KS we have the option of both AFM and Food Share America (used to be Colorado Shares or just SHARE). Around here AFM is considered a good way to wean a family from take-out foods because there seems to be a lot of convenience type products on the menus. Most of the consumers are pretty happy with the overall quality except for the produce. FSA produce has been outstanding and the whole chickens have been the best ever. The prices did go up when they took over CoShares so it isn’t quite the bargain it was before but still a viable option. As with anything else, buy a little now and with the money you save buy a little more next time. Some months I have saved as much a 50% on my food bill using FSA and AFM. I don’t mind a little inconvience to save like that. And I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve had to throw out very little food stuffs because a friend and I like different items so we swap. AFM and FSA are meeting a real need and I appreciate that.

November 19, 2008 at 4:07 am
(12) Darla Michelle Shults says:

I have found that the Angel Food Ministries food is NO bargain. The food is inferior quality- basically- gristly;fatty meat that is breaded to try to cover up the inferior quality. I have also received vegetables in various stages of, well “rot”. I have found that if I have to throw it all out, it is No Bargain.

November 19, 2008 at 4:39 am
(13) becca says:

my experiences with the food from angel ministries has been varied. some months the meat has been excellent quality, others it was gristly and awful. i stopped ordering because we had several months in a row with poor quality meats. i used to order SHARE food and stopped them also recently because the produce was rotten for the last several months.

November 19, 2008 at 6:02 am
(14) rebecca says:

When I first ordered from AFM a few years ago, I was impressed with the quality and amount of food. I have a large family, so I would order two of the basic package and usually all of the “bonus” items, and that would hold us for a long time. Over time, the quality of the food went down and the choices became less healthy. Now, you get a lot of processed foods, fried stuff, and low-quality meats, and not much else. The last package I got included some “chicken fritters” that were more fritter than chicken. My kids, who love anything fried, even noticed that there was hardly any chicken inside.

You can get better, healthier choices by shopping supermarket sales and the local farmer’s market at the end of the day, when they just want to unload the day’s goods. It’s really unfortunate that this isn’t such a great deal anymore, because it was such a helpful program to so many. But I wouldn’t recommend it unless they start offering healthier, better-quality choices.

November 19, 2008 at 6:59 am
(15) scott says:

This couldn’t possibly work for a single person. A month’s produce bought at once? What produce would be edible at the end of two weeks – never mind a month? A few kinds could be cooked right way and frozen, but how many? What about fruit?

Like Emily, I don’t eat meat as the typical American main course. (Bad for one’s health, bad for the environment.)

At least as important, I’d have to deal with a church. Don’t belong to one, don’t go near them. I’d take up dumpster-diving, if it were my only alternative. (Looking at a few of the comments, it appears that I might get fresher produce.)

November 19, 2008 at 7:30 am
(16) molly says:

Have used AFM for several years. Here (in KY) the food is of good quality and the portions are the right size. Not huge like we’ve become used to. I buy food a month or two at a time, and yes, this includes everything, so it works for us. We also belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm and although we live in the city we grow a few things ourselves…so we have both meat and produce covered. Overall, I recommend AFM highly on the value-for-money scale. Not very much pre-processed foods that I’ve noticed in my box. I like the shelf-stable milk, used it a lot when I lived overseas. It is not designed for those who don’t eat the standard American diet, so if you don’t you’re probably better off elsewhere.

November 19, 2008 at 9:34 am
(17) Ramie says:

I used to use Angel Food, and like noted above, quit using because the quality went down as time went on; also, every time I got my food, there was always something missing: no milk, no eggs, (even though they were listed), and I never got fresh produce, just frozen green beans and peas and carrot mix. So I figured that shopping my local farmers market and discount grocery stores got me better quality and cheaper prices: I got more food at Aldi’s for $30 and better quality than I did through Angel Food.

November 19, 2008 at 9:35 am
(18) Jenna says:

It became far too hit and miss to be of much use to my family. Forst month – great, next month- all the meat had been soaked in a salt solution that turned it slimy and nearly inedible! Too many processed foods, too many weird chemical aftertastes. I can see someone starting out using it to get by until they can build their pantry, but I had to throw out way too much to ever buy it again.

As Emily at the top said, I can buy a LOT of beans, pantry staples, and canned goods for $30 at the grocery.

If you have the ability to shop around, I’d give it a skip. Although I will concede its usefullness if you aren’t able to get around much.

November 19, 2008 at 9:39 am
(19) Brenda says:

We have been getting Angel Food for about a
year and I like it. Except for the frozen vegetables and ground turkey – the flavor or quality or something just isn’t right to us. But I do give them to a friend so they are not wasted. You recieve a variety of food and I think it’s a good deal.

November 19, 2008 at 9:46 am
(20) Tee says:

My husband is a full-time nursing student and we are living totally off of my income for the next 2 years. Angel Food has been a blessing to us because we can’t go to the store and buy that much food for $30. We also order the extra boxes of steak and mixed meats. We’ve only had one bad experience with fatty, grisly steaks and won’t order that particular box anymore, but the rest has been fine. It’s helping us out a lot right now! God bless Angel Food Ministries. They are helping a lot of families with affordable groceries.

November 19, 2008 at 9:52 am
(21) Tamara says:

Angle Food Ministries is the worst food ever. I would rather eat at McDonald’s. We had to throw most of the meat away because it didn’t even look edible for a dog. The food is cheap, greasy and just plain gross. My husband and I can go to the groceries store, spend $40 and get a whole cart full of groceries. Angle Food Ministries is a rip off. You are better off clipping coupons and watching your local grocers stores flyer’s than spending a dime and supporting this organization.

November 19, 2008 at 10:02 am
(22) Kitty says:

We bought Angel food several times last year and the year before. I found that it was mostly food that I wouldn’t usually buy in the store.

I rarely buy breaded anything and the frozen veg were partially thawed and refrozen and not of good quality because of that. There was no fresh produce, the eggs were missing. I felt because of that I could do better with our local stores.

We buy a lot of Chicken legs and frozen veg, but I can get them very cheap by shopping one store one week and another store the next week. I think Save-a-Lot and Aldi’s offer the same value without prepaying.

November 19, 2008 at 10:27 am
(23) Carol says:

I’ve always enjoyed the food from AFM, and it is a great way to purchase food for someone in need. I have ordered boxes for an unemployed friend and taken them to her. She loves the variety, and I love being able to get so much for my money in one stop. It is truly a blessing.

November 19, 2008 at 10:45 am
(24) Margaret says:

We are pleased with AFM! Some of the chicken patties, with a pickle and bun, taste just like a certain fast food restaurant we love. Our steaks have always been tender and perfect. The variety is interesting, and we have fun with that, learning to cook and try new things from time to time. I do get tired of the frozen carrots…seems like there are alot of them. We have had an excellent experience with them, and if it doesn’t look like a good bargain, we skip that month.

November 19, 2008 at 10:47 am
(25) Tracey says:

While we found the sides, produce and chicken were very good, the steak and pork were fatty and had an odd spoiled taste which made them unedible. We stuck with it for about three months (thought maybe we had gotten a bad lot) but after consistantly throwing out the most expensive part of the package, it wound up being not worth it for us.

November 19, 2008 at 10:57 am
(26) Cindy says:

I use the Angel Ministries Food service in Louisiana and have recommended to family and friends in other states and they have started using it also. I usually order the senior box and the fruit and vegetable box. The stuff that I don’t eat I give or trade with someone else so none of the food is wasted or thrown away. It is a good buy for a family and those that are single. I use it every month. This is a real help to the military families in the area whose spouse is deployed. It saves time because you pick up the food on a certain day, so shopping for food takes less time. I think they are doing a great job and a great service to the community.

November 19, 2008 at 11:20 am
(27) Myra says:

Since my husband and I have started using Angel Food Ministries, we have been able to eat in a more healthy way. My husband is changing careers in midlife due to an on-the-job accident several years ago, and is a senior in college; I recently became unemployed, and Angel Food has been wonderful. Before, we ate a lot of starchy foods because they were cheap. This had stymied our efforts to lose weight, and ran up my blood sugars (I am prediabetic).I haven’t had any complaints with the quality of the food we receive from Angel Food Ministries. We usually get a regular box, one of the specials, and a veggie box.

November 19, 2008 at 11:44 am
(28) Rose says:

I bought from AFM two months in a row, but yesterday I threw out sausage that tasted so bad and was so highly seasoned that I couldn’t even feed it to the dog.

After doing extensive cost analysis it was clear the food could be bought cheaper locally. Also, you don’t have to accept items the family doesn’t like and will not eat.

And to families in rural areas, like mine, the day of delivery may come in bad weather, or not coincide with planned trips into town for carefully routed multiple errands to save fuel.

It is convenient to receive food packaged ready for the freezer, but the only real benefit I see in AFM is charity–the food that churches give to those who are unable to pay anything for their monthly boxes.

A definite plus is the atmosphere at the churches, where contacts with all the AFM volunteers is so uplifting.

November 19, 2008 at 12:16 pm
(29) Julie Ashley says:

AFM did not seem like a great deal for me as I could get good sale prices on better food products that I could choose myself. The options are limited and the service is usually inconvenient to my situation.

November 19, 2008 at 12:34 pm
(30) Melanie says:

I used to use AFM as a single mom of 2 and it was wonderful! My children and I are not picky, so everything was great! After I remarried and moved, I was unable to find a local ministry outlet until recently and I plan on starting back with AFM since I now am a mother of 3, especially with the economy the way it is right now. I think the main “moral of the story” is: If you are picky about any food that you eat, AFM is not for you. Alot of us can’t afford to be picky.

November 19, 2008 at 12:46 pm
(31) Barbara says:

I have used AFM once a few months ago. The main reason I’ve not used it since is because I have limited freezer space. Also, my package had a lot of breaded chicken which, while the taste was good, is not something we prefer. Since that time, I’ve noticed less breaded chicken and a couple of packages I would like but couldn’t get at that time. There are 4 adults in our house and because we have frequent vegetable meals and I bought the extra chicken, the meat lasted over a month.
For singles, there is a new basic order that is for seniors and singles which has lower amounts of each food. Check that out.

November 19, 2008 at 12:48 pm
(32) Anna says:

I used to buy AFM food boxes but have recently been diagnosed diabetic and there is too much high carb foods in the boxes. Lots of rice and breaded meats are a no-no for my new diet. I was becoming dissatisfied with the boxes though because of the poor quality meat, all the breaded items. I’m not sorry I tried the AFM boxes. I just think I can spend the money more effectively with my own choices.

November 19, 2008 at 12:53 pm
(33) rfpnc says:

I have thought about using Angel Food Ministries, but it seems to me that I can better spend my $30 on cheaper, healthier items. As a single mom and veteran penny pincher, I can focus on weekly grocery loss leaders and more nutritious non-meat foods rather than what is offered in a typical AFM package. I am glad the ministry is available for those who like using it.

November 19, 2008 at 2:10 pm
(34) Katieladie says:

I have gotten angel food in the past and thought it to be sub-standard and to expensive. I priced each item I received at my local grocery and proved to myself I could buy at the local store and save money.

November 19, 2008 at 3:15 pm
(35) Jake says:

When you run the numbers it is not really a bargain. You can shop at low budget stores like Aldi or buy the store brands from places like Kroger and get a better value. Another problem is that you are stuck with the package available, not all the items are what we eat. The quality is also substandard overall and you can’t return it for not liking it. At least Kroger and Aldi offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their products.

November 19, 2008 at 3:52 pm
(36) Toni says:

I have never tried AFM but just for looking at the menu, I know that I could use my shopping and planning skills to provide better meals for jsut as much. Like a previous comment mentioned… it is not a charity its a fundraiser for churches. I have nothing against churches in general but there are specific churches that I would never support. Plus they seem to have a lot of processed foods in their packages. I use them sometimes to suppliment meals when I’m in a hurry but otherwise I usually cook from scratch. Furthermore the packages seem very boring. As a person who enjoys food very much and enjoys many types of food, this would definately not work for me. Bottom line is it sounds like a good idea for some but definately not for everyone.

November 19, 2008 at 4:42 pm
(37) Mo says:

I tried them for a while. I can’t eat all the frozen, needs to be fried, food. Otherwise, it’s a pretty good deal! Enough on the base plan to fill the freezer for a month for a single person. Need more food too, like vegetables, but it fills the meat bill nicely.

If you can get the specials then it’s a really decent deal. Where else can you get 4 T-bone steaks and a roast and other cuts all for under $20?

November 19, 2008 at 5:01 pm
(38) Lorraine says:

I just found out about this program. It sounds like it works well for some and not for others. It would not work for us because I buy free range chicken& meat. I also buy natural whole grain products and organic fresh produce. We drink raw goat milk I purchase from a farmer in another state(which I can order every 2 weeks). Our health is important to us and God works it out for us to have the healthiest and finest quality of food within our budget. When you eat healthy,nutrtious whole foods you don’t need as much because your body is receiving the nutrients it needs and is satisfied more easily. We tend to get hungry more often when we are consuming foods devoid of the nutrients that our bodies need. If AFM works for some then they should take full advantage of it. We don’t eat pork and processed foods, so it would not be for us.

November 19, 2008 at 6:24 pm
(39) connie says:

i have been getting Angel food since june. i’m seeing a turn around in my budget, that hopefully will help the high price of propane for heat this winter.
i have found the quality to be great. i ordered the fresh fruit & veggies when they first came out. that may take some time til that box is up to the standards of the other boxes.
i live on a fixed income, & this really helps me. i’m eating foods i’ve never had before, like filet mignon & ribeye steak. i’m 60. that says a lot right there. i’m experimenting with my cooking also. i pass out menus & locations at all places i go to. the reception from all those places has been very positive.
i can also afford to help neighbors with meals when they need help.
i think my taste with food is good. i have also had times eating a can of pinto beans @ $.59/can for my meal for the day & going to the food cupboard. i eat far above my means now, very well, & i can give to others. i can be frugal & Christian.
last month, i happened to run into a woman whose check was cashed by someone other than the church, so they didn’t have a box for her. i offered to share my box. i was ready to sheare a good half. she didn’t take my offer, but wow, i made it. i haven’t shared this with anyone, but you all don’t know me, so i can share it here. this is what life is supposed to be about.

November 19, 2008 at 7:53 pm
(40) Renee Strange says:

Here in Shreveport, LA, the food comes from Atlanta GA and it is wonderful! What you should do is team up with another person, especially if you have picky eaters, look at the next month’s items ahead of time and trade the items you may not particularly care for. This works well for me and my friends. Singles can split the cost of a shipment, especially the fresh fruit and produce. The prepared meals are great for seniors.

November 19, 2008 at 10:15 pm
(41) Sue says:

It is not worth the money at all!!! The steaks were low grade. The rest is usually non-name brand items. I do better using my coupons at my grocery store.

November 19, 2008 at 10:39 pm
(42) Carol says:

Hello, thanks so much for this post! I used AFM for two months and came to the conclusion without doing an actual research that it isn’t that great of a deal. I’m so happy to read the posts above to prove this! Some of the meats are processed which we don’t like. I make food from scratch. So, considering that some of the meats are good, the processed items are garbage — in effect, just wasted for my family. The eggs are medium size (not large which I usually buy) and a box of cookies and off brand rice and mac and cheese just aren’t my cup of tea. I’d prefer to shop sales and cook from scratch from healthy produce than to continue with AFM. Thanks again to all the above comments.

November 19, 2008 at 10:48 pm
(43) Renita says:

We’ve been doing Angel Food for several months now in Florida and we’ve been very happy with the quality of foods we’ve been getting. We rarely order more than the regular box, but have gotten good quality meats and can use pretty much everything. The breaded chicken is too peppery for my kids but my husband likes it. It’s a great deal for us.

November 20, 2008 at 2:01 am
(44) Sharon says:

I signed up for it one time, but wasn’t happy with what I got. It definitely isn’t a good deal for a single person, & especially if on a diet!

November 20, 2008 at 2:04 am
(45) Elisabeth says:

Wanted to try it, but it wasn’t healthy enough. What’s with all the junk food? I’d rather get a bag of beans, a can of oats and a bag of frozen broccoli at the 99 cent store.

Besides, I can “curb crawl” as much free day-old yogurt, whole-grain bread and veggies from my local grocery as my freezer can possibly hold, so why bother?

In my book, red meat is unnecessary. If you want cheap protein, eat cottage cheese, tuna and sardines.

November 20, 2008 at 11:26 am
(46) Freida McAninch says:

We were given some food items from an AF box and found those items to be like something purchased at a dollar store or inedible. The frozen french fries were more like left over scrap pieces of potatoes with the peel still on.
There was a bag of frozen breaded cutlets made from some sort of “mystery meat” which our dog (who eats anything and everything) refused to touch when we tried to feed them to her so they wouldn’t go to waste.

November 20, 2008 at 2:04 pm
(47) Beverly says:

We started getting Angel Food several months ago when my husbands work started to slow down. I know the meat is not “top” quality but is very acceptable to us so far. We eat it and are very happy for it. We are empty nesters, with a grown son who stops in now and then. I ordered the regular package the first month to check it out and it lasted us the whole month. I ordered the senior individual meals the first time they were offered for us, and they more healthy, I did like this last batch better though, more to my taste. I guess we have been more fortunate with our meat. No slimy awful stuff. We are not close to Aldi’s and those type of stores either so this helps us. I am thankful

November 20, 2008 at 8:49 pm
(48) Dawn says:

We love it-we get it every month. I think everyone should try it once. After all it might work for you and it only cost 30.00. Try it!

November 21, 2008 at 10:32 am
(49) Kelly says:

We have used AFM since September and it has helped our budget. We are here in San Antonio. I would prefer less prepared items as there have been a couple that have just not been good. I do wish that there were less breaded items. I typically do not get any meat specials because they are heavily beef-based sometimes…though the prices don’t look bad compared to HEB’s prices (they’re the only grocery store in town unless you go to Sun Harvest, Super Walmart or Super Target) I have no complaints so far about the meat that I have gotten. Anything that comes in our order that we don’t use and I can donate, I do – though it’s not much. This will be the first month that I am getting the produce so I will be curious to see, based on other’s comments, what it looks like. I think the program has made me a better steward of what I have and we rarely eat out just because money is so tight.

November 21, 2008 at 11:26 pm
(50) Laurie says:

We have used AFM in the past but really started to use them again. Yes the price has gone up but only a couple of dollars, which is not much. We are a retired couple who are on a limited budget and can’t afford Wal-Mart any more since they have raised their prices when the gas was so high and they don’t seem to be coming down on the groceries even tho the gas is coming down.(yes, I know the gas will eventually go up again). The food we get is good quality, don’t get any breaded items, and the Senior boxes are pretty good except for the white fish in Creole sauce. And the pork chops weren’t too good either. Oh well, can”t have everything. All the other foods are very good.

November 23, 2008 at 12:33 am
(51) Nina says:

Have been using AFM for a year now. When my husband was at his worst, I didn’t have to worry about running to the store. The shelf stable milk is great for cooking, altho the taste is a little different than store bought. The people delivering are great, including bring to me at work during the tax season. That makes one less stop for me. Now as a single mom, this really streches the food dollar.

November 23, 2008 at 11:23 am
(52) Sandra says:

Wow, I never leave comments but I have felt very disappointed since picking up my first box of Angel Food products yesterday. Perhaps my expectation was unrealistic but when the advertising says “name brand” foods, I expected that the brands were names I’d recognize. Most items in the box were items I’d expect to find in my local dollar store. Some of the meats have 15-19% added solutions of water and other “stuff”. The ground turkey says “Mechanically Separated Turkey with natural flavorings”(not in fine print but as the large label on the front of the product).
I think it would be helpful if the website showed the actual products you were buying so people could have a more realistic expectation. In all fairness, I have to say that others at my church have participated in the program for several months so they must be fairly satisfied. I spent the $30.00 to try the program and the products. I believe that I could purchase those same products at my local Save-A-Lot and Dollar General and it would not cost me any more. Life goes on…

November 26, 2008 at 10:52 am
(53) angie says:

We have been getting AF for about 5 months and just recently our church as become a host site. It has been a blessing to us and our community. We were never able to have steaks in the past, but now are able to a couple times a month and we have always found them to be fork tender. If you are used to buying expensive name brand foods and have the funds to do so, no, this is not for you. But for those of us that have to choose between feeding our children or paying our utilities, this program is a Blessing. I suggest to anyone who is in a good spot financially during this Holiday season to contact your local host site and donate a box or two. God Bless.

November 29, 2008 at 10:15 am
(54) April says:

My family has been using Afm for 3 months. We couldn’t be happier. We have always received everything we were suppossed to get, the food has been really good quality, and it takes us all of five minutes to get almost all of the food we need for a month! Yeah! I calculated how much our Save a Lot would charge for next months food. It was quite a bit more. We have gotten a few things we didn’t love, but it was my opportunity to give it to someone or turn it into something we WOULD like creatively. If you don’t eat much meat, don’t order as much. I suppose it’s everyone’s choice whether they like AFM or not, and of course, if you don’t want others telling you what is on the menu! But, otherwise, give it a try! You might be very surprised…and blessed.

December 3, 2008 at 10:06 am
(55) Kirsten says:

A single friend of mine orders it and it seems to work out for her. It’s not cost effective for my family of four, which includes to growing boys. I’ve found I’m better off planning a menu, shopping sales and coupons.

December 12, 2008 at 10:43 pm
(56) Joanne says:

My family has been ordering at least one box per month for the past 3 years – also we volunteer to help deliver to shut-ins with the ministry. It seems like it is sometimes hit or miss – there are really good months where everything is great and there are not so good months where there are a couple of items we wouldn’t eat. The fresh fruit and vegetable boxes are new to us – they’ve only been offered here in PA for te past several months – I’m trying them for the first time this month. The heavily breaded chicken seems to have been eliminated from the menu (YEAH!) – overall I continue to find value each month.

December 13, 2008 at 1:11 pm
(57) MAS says:


Got our first box today, along with a special fruit-only box. This fruit is far better quality than in the local stores HERE. The meats are OK quality.

If you have a food budget that can afford organically grown-fruits and veggies, organically-raised grass fed beef, OR, if you have alternative ways of eating, and so on, then NO, this is NOT a good option.

But, as someone mentioned above, it’s a blessed option when it’s a choice between eating or paying the high utility bills–and someone is on a limited fixed income, as many seniors, disabled, and working poor are.

December 16, 2008 at 4:03 am
(58) shirley says:

I have been ordering afm food for several months now, i ahve found that the food is not always the greates.. but on a fixed income and trying to help out a child with 2 growing boys it is a god send…. i do not order the fruit box because it is not good… this months fruit box was a gift and was ok. but useally the fruit is older and not that good.. but i will continue to order

December 16, 2008 at 6:00 am
(59) Holly says:

I recently purchased food from AFM in November. Being a single mom it was very reasonable for myself and my daughter. I was very pleased with the marinated chicken and we had the steaks today and they were also very good. Some things I don’t know that I would use but I think it was a bargain for the price, I have not gone to the grocery store for meats in quite a while, in fact I didn’t order for December because I didn’t have room in my freezer.

December 17, 2008 at 11:34 am
(60) Mom in Michigan says:

We tried Angel Food Ministries for the first time this month-I am sorry to say the food was a very poor and fattening quality. That was unfortunate because we used our grocery money and couldn’t eat most of it. We can do better using coupons and also going to The Farmers Market.

December 17, 2008 at 3:15 pm
(61) Jennifer says:

I’ve been using AFM for the since September. I also shop at Aldi’s and my local Kroger. With the high cost of living I find it a wonderful way to add varity to my family’s diet while saving money. I do have to be creative with some of the food. I soak the steaks in water to decrease the salt and then use the meat in either a stir fry or steak sandwiches. The ground turkey I add to tomato sauce or manwich mix.I drain the fat from the cooked meats always before adding veggies, ect.. The meat can be fatty but just drain it just like you do with hamberger meat. It no big deal to do that. I’ve never had a problem with the fresh fruit and veggie box. In fact there was a problem once that some of the stuff was frozen, not mine though.Our host site got a box for free the next month from AFM. So if the fruit is bad contact AFM they want you to be happy.

December 17, 2008 at 3:28 pm
(62) Linda says:

We have used AFM for the past three months, and it has been a real lifesaver for us. The food has been of excellent quality, meats and produce. No, the packaged food is not big-brand, but we always ate store-brand to save money anyway. And the people at the church site are the greatest, nicest people around. I am not a big church person myself, but these folks are doing what Christianity is supposed to be all about. None of this hate-filled stuff, just purely help your neighbor and feed the hungry.

December 17, 2008 at 4:05 pm
(63) Jon says:

My church as just started AFM (Vineyard Community Church in Nokesville Va) and it’s great. I have used it in the past and my wife and I saw our grocery bill go down. They are coming out with a kosher menu and a diabetic menu soon so keep coming back to AFM website.

December 20, 2008 at 2:35 pm
(64) Lib says:

This is the first month I have tried it. I bought the regular box, 1 meat box and 1 fruit and vegetable box. I haven’t had the opportunity to try it yet, but it looks good. I am going to comparison price what I got to see if there was a savings. Everything looked good, we’ll see how it taste. Don’t know what I will do with a bag of lemons? I found out about AFM on the Hillbilly Housewife website and will be curious as to how she recommends using the lemons in her menu plans that she does. She hasn’t posted December yet, since I think she uses the AFM groceries for the January meals.

December 29, 2008 at 8:36 am
(65) Ann says:

I thought it was a great thing!! My freezer is still full after two weeks! I recommend.

December 29, 2008 at 11:37 am
(66) Linda says:

I am a former director for a local Angel Food Ministries Host Site and the ordering schedule has changed here in Ohio. You recieve your food the same week (as the last date to order)that same week on Saturday. so you can wait and order on the last day and pick up that same week on Saturday. This is a great NEW feature. Also, Angel Food Ministries has made every effort to make all our customers happy by replacing any food that was not up to par. It wasn’t an instant fix BUT it happened the very next Distribution Day. Does your local grocery do that? Not mine! I have been involved with AFM for over two years so I do know what I am talking about. I have tons of emails from satisfied customers raving about how wonderful AFM is.
Linda

December 31, 2008 at 8:38 pm
(67) sarrerab says:

I am an Angel Food host site director and maybe I can clarify some of the comments a bit. Angel Food is designed for families with minimal ability to cook or working mom’s or single parents who are having a hard time. It is supposed to be enough basic staples to feed a family of four for a week – this does not include bread and fresh fruit generally. It is a good to decent deal. If you are a picky eater or grossly health conscious, it’s not for you. It’s not unhealthy – definitely more healthy than the standard american diet, but it’s not health food either. Their new fruit and veggie boxes are decent deals and decent quality. Their specials are excellent. I can with effort beat their prices locally, but I have the means and time to work at that. Many families do not know how or have the funds week after week to do this. For these people, the elderly who have difficulty shopping, singles, young families who are working, Angel Food is a very good deal. And, I must say, the churches who do this truly care and take the time to work with their customers. If you don’t like something, tell them – it can be communicated by to Angel Food HQ. I know you don’t pay for the ministry aspect of Angel Food, but it’s probably the best value in the whole box.

January 1, 2009 at 2:58 pm
(68) Rebecca says:

Just had to leave a comment. We use AngelFood Ministries food when we can pay ahead like that. We have always liked their meats and it is the only way we can afford steak. We eat lots of veges and I still make our bread and have never found anything wrong with our boxes of foods. We also use GreatFoodForAll now and they have different packages and no need for a basic purchase. We only get the things we cannot grow and other ‘necessities’ now that we have these options open to us. Hope you all have better luck in the future and happy eating.

January 3, 2009 at 6:47 am
(69) In Syracuse NY says:

We tried the Angel Food Ministries last month (Dec) and I have to say I was very surprised it was decent! Some of the meats had to have some seasoning but over all it was great and really helped us out!

As long as you have reasonable expectations I think you will enjoy it. I mean don’t expect the meat to be $10 a lb quality of meat… it’s just your basic meat.

January 3, 2009 at 3:16 pm
(70) Jen says:

We have used AFM for the last year and saved about half the money we used to spend on groceries. Great since the economy is doing so poorly. The only trouble I had was figuring out what to do with all this food. I started meal planning a month in advance which made this much easier.

January 7, 2009 at 8:09 pm
(71) Elizabeth says:

I have never commented on any board, however, I feel that I need to comment on this one. My family have been using AFM for about 5 months now. I have enjoyed everything we have gotten from them, with the exception of the corn tortillas. I have read other folks say that the food was too unhealthy (maybe not on this board) but really let’s be realistic. When you eat at the fast food places, is all that food healthy? I think not. Just because it is a food that would taste better fried, does not mean you have to. I fix the chicken strips in the oven, along with the fries we get, and other “fried” foods.
My husband and I both work, making decent salaries, but we use AFM and have saved about 75% on my grocery bills. This difference is helping us put our two sons in a private school. AFM has blessed my family in more ways than one. I have taken to buying 2 families that are in need, but are to ashamed to get food stamps, the AFM every month. Everyone should try it just once. The veggie boxes are really the best value and if used, can provide a meal in its self. IE. Cabbage, potatoes, and carrots cooked together, there is a healthy meal for you.
I just can not say enough good about AFM.

January 8, 2009 at 10:36 am
(72) Asheville, NC says:

AFM is a great way to decrease the grocery bill. There are two of us total in my household; the food lasts a long time if you are creative and most of it can be frozen anyway. I have tried a couple of items that were not to MY particular liking but for the price, I will give the two items away next time and the total cost would still be worth it. With the economy in this pinch-come on, some months with AFM are totally worth it for the $

January 9, 2009 at 10:17 pm
(73) Marlene says:

AFM has been a God send for a family that we sponsor through the Box Project. We are able to pay for the food and our family can pick it up. I am pretty sure that it is not top quality (I’ve never tried it) but I know that it has to be better than going hungry. Usually we end up spending at least $30 to mail items to them. However, we knew that what they really needed was food. Our family gets to eat and thanks to AFM we can provide meals at a reasonable cost. AFM is reliable viable way for my family to help another family from going hungry at minimal cost.

January 9, 2009 at 10:47 pm
(74) Villianesscupcake says:

I have worked at Angel Food for several months and i am a christian myself so at the begginning i felt like that is where i belonged now i have come to think that they are all about making money for themselves sending out cheap food and making the buyer think they are getting a deal FACT: Pastor Joe and his family made over 2.5 million dollars last year Hmmm makes ya think huh also while i have been there i have been told i will go to thier church and tide with them!! no matter what my faith Hmm…. Just thought i would put that out there for those of you that are like me poor and have to do what we have to do to provide for my family just a little food for thought before you waste your money

January 10, 2009 at 5:51 am
(75) Suzanne says:

I have used AFM on and off for about 2 years. Occasionally the quality is not that great but overall I feel like I certainly get my moneys worth. I have been able to buy extra boxes and help out single moms who were struggling to feed their families and it blesses me to do this. If you are looking for gourmet quality be thankful that you can afford it. Most folks can’t.

January 10, 2009 at 6:55 pm
(76) charlotte says:

I first bought a box for my daughter, who with her husband has a family of 6. They both work and do as well as they can to support their his, hers, and ours family. It has been a huge assistance to them. They have never gotten any government assistance even when one of their children was ill making it impossible for her to work. Now I buy at least one box for myself and my mother gets a senior box. I think it’s great. It may not be perfect but it means you won’t go hungry.

January 12, 2009 at 2:45 am
(77) Rick says:

We have ordered several boxes from AFM and to me the quality is great!! The steaks are very good!! The price, quality and quantity are all worth it to me as my family is not that picky nor can we afford to be. Some people who posted above seem surprised at what they got in their box.. There is a menu available to look at so you are sure to know exactly what you are getting before you get it and pay for it.. We will continue to order from AFM..

January 13, 2009 at 12:57 pm
(78) Vann Daugherty says:

It seems to me that Angel Food Ministries is a mixed bag, if you want and are able to pick your own groceries the small savings may not be for you. But if you live in a rural area where there are few stores and less price competition then the savings and help may well be a blessing. So why complain if one likes it, use it and bless the good people.
If not don’t and still bless the good people.

January 14, 2009 at 2:12 am
(79) Katielady says:

I got the AFM several times however it is not a good option for me,the food was not good quality, to processed and actually could buy better quality for a lot less price by shopping the lost leaders at local grocery stores and shopping with coupons I’ve actually got $384.00 of groceries for less than 20.00 One store gives double to 1.00 I always get at least 50% saving with coupons. Aldi’s can’t be beat for canned goods Hint: those green bags really keep the produce good for a long time.Worth the money.

January 20, 2009 at 12:28 am
(80) jennie says:

I am disabled and on a fixed income. I have been getting food boxes for awhile now. Personally I feel it is a great value, it helps so much with my grocery bill and has helped me include more protein in my diet. As for those who have complained about all the breaded foods that need to be fried, they should realize you can also put it in the oven and it cooks just the same except for the grease. So, you can make a healthy meal and for the frozen veges., put them in a great pot of soup. I guess some people just haven’t had to learn to really make do like I have. Come on everyone this is not dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel. This is a great service to us all. Thank you so much Angelfood Ministries!!!!!!!!

January 21, 2009 at 2:23 pm
(81) Jolena says:

We have used Angel Food for several months and have been very pleased. Those of you who throw out food because it is breaded, someday may wish you had it back. We live in an economy where we should be thankful for a ministry like this. And don’t tell me you have never gotten bad food from a supermarket. Do you take it back? I bet if you had a problem, let’s say eith the vegetable box, they would work with you. We as a country are so used to living high on the hog so to speak. I really am thankful. Thank you for asking my opinion.
Here in IOWA.

January 22, 2009 at 10:52 am
(82) Dewayne says:

To the general consensuses here! I am a servant of the most high God (Jesus Christ) first and formost! I have read most of the commits on here and to be very honest it appears that AFM has its problems for sure! I know the ministry/business and know the people behind the programs. I know in the beginning that it was started as a passion to do something for God and help people in need, however over time people are pulled by the things of the world/flesh and sometimes compromise the vision God has called them to for what is easy and most profitable for the business or so called ministry. History has proven this time and time again when people are driven by money and not the spirit of God and His perfect will for their lives. I think the best thing everyone can do is just pray for those that have fallen in the trap of building a business instead of Ministry. I can’t or will not say this has happen to anyone specifically however the fruit that all so called ministry produces will tell what kind of tree they truly are, or are not—then let God be the judge!!! I have started a food ministry in Georgia and we are providing a package of food that is of the highest quality on the market bar none!!! The meats are fresh cut at a local butcher shop “not weeks old and out of date as has been stated herein” the sides are name brad and “also not out of date or rotten” the package consists of 7 dinner meals for a family of 4. We are now putting 4 additional dinner menus and two breakfast/lunch menus together that will allow for a different package each and every week. This will allow the families to receive a fresh package each and every week “not a large quantity of food that has to last a month and go bad” (yes we will supply a package each and every week)!! We will also be providing cook out packages/specials (this will be all fresh cut meats/Beef, Pork, Chicken and in some cases buffalo) that will be cut to order just as you would get at your local butcher shop) we are also going to offer all natural and organic for those that request/want it, however it will cost more.

January 22, 2009 at 2:29 pm
(83) Jennifer says:

Our Church is looking into being a host site for AFM. I have not personally bought anything from AFM, although I am buying the February box, but I see this program as a huge asset to the community. It provides food at an affordable price for those that may not otherwise be able to feed their families and it allows us that are passionate about showing God’s love a chance to reach out and really help our communities in need. I have seen several complaints in comments above about quality and name brand, I know from personal experience that $30 does not buy a great deal of food at any grocery store any longer and when you have a family that is existing off of ramen noodles and stale bread this food is a God send. We do not live in an upper class community, we live in a community where people are struggling just to have groceries in their homes on a weekly basis. It is our duties as Christians to reach out to these people in anyway we can and I think that is what AFM’s purpose is. God Bless.

January 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm
(84) Richard Jones says:

Very good product to me .

January 26, 2009 at 2:03 pm
(85) Tom says:

To all those that feel the need to piss and moan about having to wait two weeks to get the food….you knew it up front. You have the option of going to the grocery store and paying maybe $75 and getting it RIGHT NOW!

January 26, 2009 at 4:49 pm
(86) John says:

Personally I have been using AFM for months now and my family and I love it. We have never had any problems with the food. All of the fresh stuff has been as good as any thing in the grocery the same with the frozen. My elderly Father in law enjoys the senior boxes that I bring him as it helps with his food dollars and they are easy to make. I can’t believe that people on this site have thrown out the food even if you don’t like it they could have given it to someone else. As far as turning it up just so you don’t have to go into a church. That’s stupid beyond belief; they don’t preach to you, you get your food and leave. Also I would much rather eat the fresh fruit and vegetable or even frozen than canned that have all that extra salt added.

January 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm
(87) Margaret says:

My husband & myself have been involved with Angel Food Ministries for several years. This has been a great blessing to many people that we come in contact with. The food is NEVER outdated & is ordered each month for that month’s distribution. I know an article came out telling how much salary Pastor Joe Wingo the founder of AFM makes. What it failed to mention is that he relinquished his salary to pay off debt. It failed to tell that anytime one of the host sites has called & asked for help because of need from a natural disaster, he has never turned that request down. AFM sent a whole semi load of food – about 30,000 lbs – to a disaster site caused by a devastating tornado. He has done this many times. This man & those who work with him have a huge heart to help people. Yes, the business end of it is run as a business, & it needs to be. I know what he does to help people, & it really irritates me when I hear this kind of criticism. I have sat at my kitchen table with people who have tears of gratitude in their eyes because of AFM. Like anything else, it’s not perfect. Food does not always arrive in perfect condition. It will be replaced if reported. For the most part, AFM is doing a great job, as most of these testimonials say. It’s not for everyone, but it truly is a blessing to many!

January 27, 2009 at 8:34 pm
(88) Carole says:

We buy from Angel food and I have recommended it to family and friends. I have checked the prices at every grocery store and the dollar stores. I can’t buy the amount of food they offer even with sales for 30.00.
Maybe it’s not all name brands but who cares. I don’t care what anyone says, you can’t buy much with 30.00 these days, I should know I have tried.
We haven’t had any problems with the meat, vegetables or anything else.
I think for those who complain about the quality that they should stick to grocery stores.
For those who need help in this horrendous economy, Angel Food is a blessing.
For many this is the only way they can afford to eat. You see, many of us don’t care if the eggs are medium instead of large.
The reason we pay in advance is because they need to know how much food they’ll need. I have no problem with it, we pick ours up each month and get enough to last till the next month. I am grateful to Angel Food and want them to know how much they are appreciated.
They even load the boxes in my car when I go to pick it up. Thank God that someone in this Country cares about those of us who really need help.

January 27, 2009 at 11:53 pm
(89) EJ says:

My first month ordering and so far I’m disappointed with the quality of the meat. The veggies in the dinners were great.

I thought it would come with nutritional information that you would find on any food you buy. It’s important to know the calories, grams of fat, sodium, sugar, etc. However, that information wasn’t available (not only on the packages but on the AFM website).

I do not plan on buying any other packages from AFM.

January 28, 2009 at 11:04 am
(90) Thank you AFM says:

The only nutritional information I need to know is that my family is able to have meals on the table thanks to AFM. I have been reading all the complaints and praises of AFM. I agree with Carole. If you can afford to shop at the local grocery store, if you don’t like the meats, size of the eggs or lack of nutritional information, maybe you need to shop at your local stores.
I feel certain when Jesus fed the people with fish or bread or wine that they didn’t ask for nutritional information.
It’s a fact that all of the food is not brand names as mentioned a few times. I do not care. My family has tried to spend 30.00 a week on groceries too. My wife and I went by the AFM menu and honestly tried. My wife clipped coupons, she checked all the store ads.
The cheapest we got out was 69.25 for a week. That included using coupons, going to 3 different grocery stores buying sale items and one local dollar store.
We aren’t bums but we are affected by the recession in a major way. Many families are.
I’m not ashamed for buying AFM, it isn’t charity.
Sometimes we need to be thankful for what we have and what is offered. The day may come when those of you complaining would be thankful for AFM. We don’t know what is store for us in these unstable economic times.
Keep this mind. There are some who are really going hungry right now. They may not qualify for food stamps but still be hungry. Yes, that’s possible. Have you considered how much unemployment pays? You still have your bills and groceries but the government doesn’t think that income is low enough so you have to choose, keeping your house so your family has a place to live or buying food at the grocery store.
There are families like I described right now that don’t know about AFM but if you spread the word you may help them be able to afford to feed their family. My thanks to someone who told us about AFM I can now afford to feed my family.
To those who complain, if you’ve ever been hungry, you’d be thankful for what they offer. Until then, you just won’t get it and should shop elsewhere. As for the quality of the food. I’d give it 9 stars out of a possible 10.

January 28, 2009 at 4:00 pm
(91) jewls says:

I have been using AFM for the past several months. I wish I had known about this program several years ago when I was a single mom with six small children. I am now remarried with only two children left at home. I also run an in home childcare. The angel food is perfect for my situation. Since using the service I have expanded my menu options. We are definetly eating at home more often and I find I am spending much less on groceries for the month. Some items we dont always use but we have creatively used them in others ways….my daycare used some dry black beans for several art projects and i made some brightly colored bean bags. It is a win win situation for all involved. The church recieves a stipend, the volunteers leave smiling and my family is grateful.

January 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm
(92) Elaine Wallace says:

I am from Ashland, PA. My only comment is that the senior/convenience box has alot of chicken, cooked in many ways but still chicken. Some foods are not processed in divided containers which results in a mess when you finally get to eat it. Here in PA we like PA food, not always rice, okra and beans. I’m thinking the ounces offered are a little skimpy; I am not a big eater but I am still hungry with a 3 oz. dinner.

January 30, 2009 at 12:10 pm
(93) Lynn says:

The Senior Box was actually made in portions for people over 65 who require less calories.
My Mother in law buys this and she praises the efforts of AFM as she no longer cooks but still gets a balanced meal at a small cost and convenience of just heating it.

January 30, 2009 at 12:14 pm
(94) Lynn says:

Elaine Wallace, The Senior meal actually contains contains 3 oz. of protein, PLUS a starch & two vegetables or fruit.

The total meal is more than 3 oz.

January 30, 2009 at 12:21 pm
(95) IBSP says:

Elaine Wallace says: Here in PA we like PA food, not always rice, okra and beans.
Hmmmmmmm I don’t see much rice, no okra and beans are healthy.
I wasn’t aware that PA had a certain food all to themselves!
Maybe you need to rethink buying this if it’s not good for you.
It angers me that some have to just PICK PICK PICK!

Beef Chili Macaroni Casserole with Diced Carrots and Green Beans

Ham & White Beans with Diced Sweet Potatoes and Winter Blend Vegetables

Creamy Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo with Corn and Capri Blend Vegetables

Sweet & Sour Pork with Rice, Peas and Carrots, and Squash Medley

Flame Broiled BBQ Chicken Breast with Diced Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli

Seasoned Beef Chili with Beans, Broccoli and Applesauce

Beef Meatballs & Shell Pasta with Creamy Alfredo Sauce, Green Bean Casserole and Squash Medley

Pot Roast and Gravy with Vegetables, Diced Potatoes and Green Peas

Creamy Macaroni & Cheese with Diced Carrots and Green Peas

Grilled Chicken Breast over Rice & Gravy with Diced Carrots and Green Peas

10 2-pack, individually-wrapped cookies

January 30, 2009 at 1:09 pm
(96) Amanda says:

I have not tried this program yet but people my husband used to work with who have been laid off or ones who’ve have had their hours cut back use it and say sometimes the food is good and sometimes there are a few things in the box that aren’t so good. But overall, they seem to appreciate the program. My husband is a hunter and we have a lot of venison in our freezer plus I get good sales on poultry through one of our local butchers so I stock up, so we really don’t need this service yet. We also coupon-clip and shop at the Sharp Shopper and Aldi’s, which as stated in the above comments, can get you some better deals on fruits and vegetables. The couple who started this AFM program are truly extraordinary people. If this country falls into a full-fledged economic depression, those people who are complaining about this program or the quality of food may give it another chance…I am so glad something like this is available!

January 31, 2009 at 11:48 am
(97) Ken says:

I buy extra boxes of AF and give to needy families. Often times when putting the food into their frig there is nothing there..ZIP. When I leave I see tears in their eyes. They don’t seem to mind that the meat didn’t come from a butcher shop. A lots of the food is resturant quality food and is not in a fancy package.You just can’t imagine the hugh investment that AFM has made, its hugh. They feed over 500,000 people each month and many of them are on food stamps. I can find something wrong with anything but I try to look for the good side, Isn’t that what christians should do? Thank you Jesus for angel Food Ministries.

February 1, 2009 at 5:42 pm
(98) Elaine Wallace says:

ISP: Further comments from Elaine Wallace, ashland, PA. Also, do we have to have string beans and carrots ALL THE TIME! Are there other foods we can eat? By the way, getting angelfood since September, I have now signed up 5 PA widows to get the box of their choosing. So I am not saying the food is not good. It is and God Bless you and your ministry. We will pray for you.

February 3, 2009 at 11:38 am
(99) Rachel says:

Our family has been buying Angel Food for three years now, and overall, I have to say that I’ve been very impressed. There are, as noted above, some months that the food is questionable. Not necessarily in quality, but just for what we prefer to eat. We do tend to eat more chicken than beef, so on the beef-heavy months we just don’t buy as much.

I have found that occasionally the meat is kind of gristly, but not usually. Also, many times, if I order more than one box, I have one cut that’s not so good, and another cut that’s great, so sometimes you just have to take your chances, I guess. Most of the time, it’s fine.

The produce is good, too. The downfall to the produce box (one of the specials) is that it has to ride up on a semi that is cooled to below freezing (which is required for the frozen meats and veggies), and that’s hard on some fresh items like celery. The last two months, we’ve had that fresh fruit and veggie box, and everything was great. I guess it’s a give and take: I’d rather have some wilted celery than not-quite-frozen chicken!

The last time I comparison-shopped an angel food menu, I got a total of $68, and that was over a year ago when grocery prices were a lot cheaper, so I’d say this is definitely a good deal, especially if you’re not too picky about what you eat. Obviously, if you don’t eat meat, or you don’t eat red meat, or you don’t eat breaded meat or something like that, you’ll not get your money’s worth from a box, but it sure saves us a lot of money… probably about $50 a week.

I say, give it a try for a month or two and see what you think. If you hate it, quit! But if you don’t, you’ve found something that will help you save money in an economy where every little bit helps.

February 4, 2009 at 8:18 pm
(100) wilma crumrine says:

I have mixed feelings about the pkg., especially the meat. One thing I know for sure is that the pork ribs are terrible!!! Had some tonight (they called it pork strips)
Even my husband didn’t eat much and he will eat anything that doesn’t move. lol When something is unacceptable three times, something is wrong.

February 5, 2009 at 2:21 pm
(101) dmnaber says:

The meat is really of poor quailty. It reminds me of something left over. Then if you figure in the price per pound I don’t find any savings especially if you shop hometown ads. On the up side the fresh produce has always been fresh and the price is very good.

February 6, 2009 at 9:29 am
(102) Beckie says:

My husband and I have been using Angel Food for about 4 months now and I have never had a problem with it. The foods we get here are good quality, and always cook up well. I’ve not had issues with spoiled produce or slimy/inedible meats in the regular or produce packages, and it has given us an opportunity to try a thing or two we might not have tried otherwise. If there is something in the box that we don’t use or care for, we pass it on to someone who will. We find it a way to be better stewards of the money that God has entrusted us with and I will continue using Angel Foods as long as I am in an area that is served.

February 8, 2009 at 9:47 pm
(103) Leslie says:

The angel food selections are not worth it. the food is generic at best. The cuts of meat are awful. If you shop carefully you get better buys too. it’s just not worth buying.

February 10, 2009 at 10:17 am
(104) Jim & Rida says:

My husband and I volunteer in Dixon KY on distribution days and also buy the main box and sometimes the specials like the grill box. I have priced similar items at Kroger, Wal-Mart, Sureway, and Save-A-Lot in Henderson and Madisonville KY. We are well pleased with the prices, the quality, and the motivation behind Angel Food Ministries to feed those in need.

February 11, 2009 at 10:28 pm
(105) Christopher says:

Angel Food has been a great resource for our family helping us through some tough times. It is a great value and the food is great.

February 11, 2009 at 11:44 pm
(106) Wison Family says:

We’ve been buying from AFM for a long time and we have never gotten spoiled produce or slimy/inedible meats in the regular or produce packages. Everything has been fresh and the meats are as good as we see in the stores. We have also priced the items at our grocery stores and there is no way we could buy what we get for 30.00 a box.
Thank God for AFM, they are helping out many families in tuff times.

February 12, 2009 at 10:12 am
(107) Bill Pardue says:

Urgent send me your e-mail address. go Wingo was arrested at 10:00 a.m. yesterday.

February 12, 2009 at 8:18 pm
(108) ill says:

I am a relative of Angel food Rep. I have heard real disturbing information about this so called Non-for profit organization. This is nothing more than individuals using Gods name and what he stands for to push a product and earn money. It broke Feb 12, 2009 that the FBI has raided the headquarters and took computers and documentation. This kind of thing is why non-christians want o stay that way. As a Christian, I am not going to go into details about some of the other, poor taste things that Angel food has done. I just ask that you not use this service any longer. There are other places (food banks, etc) that will get you the food you need. Don’t support what they do. Just Google “Angel food Ministries FBI raid,” you will find some interesting articles

February 13, 2009 at 10:03 am
(109) ill says:

ill… You wrote, “I have heard real disturbing information about this so called Non-for profit organization. This is nothing more than individuals using Gods name and what he stands for to push a product and earn money. It broke Feb 12, 2009 that the FBI has raided the headquarters and took computers and documentation.” Before making such announcements, you should get all of your facts straight. First of all, they didn’t take computers and its was not a raid. Angel Food had knowledge that they were coming and has complied fully with the IRS’s investigation. The search was related to an individual or individuals… NOT the ministry, its host sites, or anything directly related to the food. Your comments do more harm than good for the overall well being of those who desperately need the food and assistance each month. Also, as a “relative of an Angel Food rep”, I believe you are doing a disservice to your family member as well.

February 14, 2009 at 9:16 am
(110) Barbara Eckhart says:

Angel Food is not good food. We have purchased it several times. The meat I wouldn’t give to my dog. The produce is over ripe. We consider Angel Food Ministry a rip-off to people. People who need this service should receive the highest quality. Thank You

February 14, 2009 at 9:39 am
(111) ill says:

I am a relative of an Angel food Rep in the midwest region. This is nothing more than business using Gods name and ideas to make money. I have heard discussions between my relative and Mr. Wingo that were everything but God-like. Do not support any business that “only” uses God in order to get business. The food is disgusting anyway. You get better food from Aldis for less.

February 14, 2009 at 4:21 pm
(112) MAD IN NEBRASKA says:

I am shocked at the Hate being spewed here!
I am Sure it nothing but crude people who know NOTHING about AFM! My family and friends have bought this food for quite a while and I will be honest about it. The meats and produce have all been good, nothing ever rotten or slimy as described above.
Say what you like and keep spreading the hate but the FACT is AFM has helped some families that would otherwise go HUNGRY!
DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE HUNGRY? I DIDN’T THINK SO! SOME DO AND SOME PEOPLE CAN’T FEED A FAMILY OF FOUR ON 30.00 A WEEK UNLESS WE HAVE SOMETHING LIKE AFM. IT’S PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT CONTINUE TO TEAR APART THIS COUNTRY! DON’T LIKE THE FOOD? DON’T BUY IT! BUT STOP SPREADING HATE AND LIES ABOUT HOW TERRIBLE IT IS! SOME OF US NEED IT!!!!!!!

REGARDING THE FBI RAID!!!!!!!!!
“Angel Food Ministries believes that this is an investigation of an individual or individuals connected to the organization, and not regarding the ministry itself, its service to the public or its host sites in any way.”

February 14, 2009 at 4:25 pm
(113) P.S. says:

By the way, I am so glad you have a ‘Aldis’ that sells food so cheap you can get more than what we get for 30.00 per box from AFM for less! SOME of us are NOT that lucky.
Don’t like the food, shop at your Aldis!!

February 15, 2009 at 4:19 pm
(114) jim says:

So did joe wingo get arrested or not??

February 17, 2009 at 8:10 am
(115) Gloria says:

Angel Food has been a blessing for my family, it might not be the top of the line stuff, but it sure help on the grocery bill, me and my husband are on a fix income so this help out a lot, by the way love the veggie and fruit box, for those people that don’t like it don’t buy it, where I come from you can’t get that kind of food for 30.00 dollars, so I’m thankful.

February 17, 2009 at 2:05 pm
(116) Dlee says:

need food cheap where else can i get it

February 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm
(117) BlueBird says:

Whether or not AFM is a good deal totally depends on the food prices in your area. I live in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area, and $30 here gets you squat. (A decent loaf of bread is $3-$4.) I know in other regions, food is not as expensive, and then AFM would not be a good deal for you.

Some of the food is more processed than I care for, but it’s not all we eat, and it helps all our other groceries stretch through the month.

February 18, 2009 at 10:22 am
(118) FYI says:

No Joe Wingo hasn’t been arrested.

February 19, 2009 at 3:09 pm
(119) Staci says:

My fam. have been using angel food for a year now. I have nothing bad to say about them. They are very friendly every time we have gone. For my fam. we could not make it without them & we find that it saves us on gas money & on our time shopping & we all know time is money…

February 19, 2009 at 6:52 pm
(120) Elaine Wallace says:

Speaking of my previous comments regarding PA food vs. AFM food was meant for good and was not picky and was meant to direct the people producing the food packages and preparing the food for shipment. PA food should reflect what PA people eat, thus the rice, beans, okra comment. Central PA is a conglomerate of ethnic people. Germans, Italians, Irish, Slovac, PA Dutch. Many of our ancesters worked the anthracite mines, thus we require food that has body to it and more than 3 oz. of protein. We also shovel 5-8 inches of snow and ice in the winter which requires heavier meals which produces body energy. We are a hardworking group of people. Marie Calisters Creamed Chicken and Shrimp over pasta with broccoli is delicious, 13.5 oz worth, $3.00 a package, slow roasted roast beef with mashed and string beans is a winner, meatloaf with mashed and a vegetable is good also. Check out this frozen dinner in your grocery store. Have you heard of ham potpie. It’s a staple here in PA. What about turkey pies, beef pies, chicken pies. Yummo!!! The AFM food is good but really not sufficient enough in ounces for us whether we are over 65 or younger. Thank you for the good work you do for the Lord. I suggest a vsit to the states that you service to see what they are eating. Every state is different, I am sure. And, by the way, I am not nitpicking but leaving a comment as your Web page suggested I do. If you don’t want comments, please don’t invite them or assail the ones who do comment.

February 19, 2009 at 9:49 pm
(121) check this out says:
February 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm
(122) Jane Beard says:

Please note that the FBI recently served two search warrants on the offices of Angel Food Ministries. More information is available in articles printed by the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspapers.

February 22, 2009 at 3:49 pm
(123) Robert says:

I use it as my mother and aunt plus some friends. I buy the 30 food and the 22 fruit and veggie box and buy little all thought he month so to me 52 a month for food is a bargain. May I would like fillet or something but I do not have a campaign budget.I think Americans want just too much today. Let m tell you I am 17 generation American so I can say this. Greed got us to this point, expecting too much out of life. I see the comments about canned foods and to me canned food are just salt with other stuff added. So to me kill yourself with that junk.

February 23, 2009 at 1:21 pm
(124) Judy in KY says:

My husband (disabled) and I have gotten AFM food boxes in Nov. ’08 and Jan. ’09. We have been more than pleased with the quality of the foods we have received. The meats are tender and very tasty, the rest of the contents were of decent quality. We got the Fruit and Veggie box in Jan. and I was thrilled with the quality and freshness of all of the contents. Nothing was sub par with the grocery store variety. I have always been a frugal shopper and therefore not chained to the “name brands”. In this economy, with an Administration determined to lead us into a depression, there are a lot of people leaving comments who would do well to learn to economize and not be so picky in what you and your children “want” to eat. I was raised in a household with Depression Era parents so being picky was not and is not in my vocabulary. There may come a time when you will be scrounging for something for your family’s meals. I think Angel Food Ministries is a wonderful service and hope it continues long into the future. We will definitely by continuing.

February 23, 2009 at 2:13 pm
(125) Linda C says:

If someone gets a box with spoiled produce or something is wrong with one of the items, it would benefit everyone to tell someone in charge at the distribution center. I’m sure there is occasion for a bad item to find its way (unnoticed) into someone’s food box. But, nothing will ever be done about it if you don’t let them know.

It may be that someone just didn’t notice a spoiled item when he/she gave it out or placed it in a box or bag. If you can check the contents of your box/bag before leaving and find something spoiled, I’m sure they would be happy to replace it.

Just think about it, with the volume of food being processed at the distribution centers every month, it’s not surprising that some bad food may get through. The workers are mostly, if not all, volunteers and can make mistakes.

Don’t just let a bad item or items in your food box stop you from using this service. Certainly letting them know about it and even asking for (if they readily don’t offer) a replacement wouldn’t cost you anything except time.

And if some of the food is really substandard, like really grisly and/or highly fatty meats, let them know about that too. Maybe that problem could be corrected too. To me, if substandard food is a big problem in one location, then it seems like Angel Food would check out the place where that food is being bought.

The food is supposed to be first quality, not substandard. If you tell someone in charge at your distribution center about substandard food and the quality of the food seems to remain the same, then contact Angel Food Ministries headquarters.

February 23, 2009 at 2:32 pm
(126) Linda C says:

Well, I accidentally hit “Say It!” before I was finished. :}

I’m in Kentucky and got the regular food box in December 2008. My family of 3 really liked all the food. We don’t like highly fatty meats or highly seasoned, salty meats either. Everything was great in our box except the mac & cheese wasn’t so good but we ate it anyway.

We’re planning to get the March regular box and special #5 chicken tenders box. I figured the savings for us would come to about $30 which will help us out a lot as grocery prices are still climbing.

I’m just saying that if there’s something wrong with an item in your box, let them know and give them the chance to correct it–and ask for a replacement should they not think to offer. :} I would think anyone connected to the distribution of the food would rather have someone go away happy than to have bad feelings about receiving a spoiled or substandard item.

Another thing I was thinking about is that sometimes I get a really bad piece of meat from a chain grocery store (like Walmart or Krogers). Like one just loaded with hidden fat or that was so tough you couldn’t even cut it with a sharp knife! A few times over the years I’ve returned the meat with it’s label to the store to complain and have always received a replacement or my money back. I’ve had to do this only 2 to 3 times, but it was worth the effort. Just don’t assume that you’re stuck with it and nothing can be done about it.

Give your local distribution center a chance to correct a problem and if nothing is done about it or corrected over a short time, you could still contact Angel Food Ministries headquarters. It’s worth a little effort and could pay off! :}

February 23, 2009 at 4:04 pm
(127) tuckered mom says:

I have ordered AF in the past by due to a variety of reasons had not in some time. I ordered for February 2009 and this is what I found. The deadline for ordering was Feb 15th and the delivery date was Feb 21st. That was a good turn around time to me. I ordered the basic regular menu and the fresh fruit and veggie box. The regular menu box was $30 and for that I received enough protein for at least 14 dinners for my husband and me. That is 28 servings of meat for $30 not including the eggs, bacon, milk, rice, beans, cereal, macaroni, veggies and dessert. Definitely a good deal. I received over 20 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables for $21 – including a pineapple. All of the fruits and vegetables were in great condition. I would say it is a good deal. Bargain shoppers may do better and if you don’t eat meat, don’t bother, but over all the quality was good and the value great.

February 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm
(128) Tracey says:

i am very uinhappy with Angel Foodm Ministries. My pick up site is the family Worship center in Clay NY.
Ham instead of steak( and not told… cheap qualityham and very tiny , not an even substitution) Missing items and items not the size supposed to be( a 3 ounce pie does not feed a family of four for a DAY!@! I feel they misrepresent themselves and when questioned they are rude.

February 23, 2009 at 6:09 pm
(129) barb says:

well, i was thinking about trying it……but i have read more good than bad……think i will just try some other way to make it……

February 25, 2009 at 1:09 pm
(130) Pat says:

I have been purchasing AFM food for the past three months, I can’t complain about the food. It has helped us out and I believe I couldn’t buy some of it cheaper at Walmart or Krogers. I have purchase the fruit box in Dec. and it was awesome!!!! The T-Bone steak boxes were great too. As well as the 10 lbs. of chicken breasts. Some of the rib eye steaks were a little grissley but hey I have gotten some at Walmart worse than that.
It has altogether been a great experience for my family. I have recommended it to others.
I am trying to get my church to become a site for AFM. If not oh well. Maybe I will change churches. To one that are participants.

In this economy not everyone can afford top quality. If so maybe they make too much money and should share with those who are less fortunate. But wait maybe they aren’t very good CHRISTIANS.

February 26, 2009 at 11:54 am
(131) Bud says:

If you look at the latest headlines about AFM you will see the leaders have been paid huge amounts of money the last couple of years, and have given themselves a loan of over 1 million dollars. That does not sound like a servant ministry.

February 27, 2009 at 4:09 pm
(132) To Judy in KY says:

Judy, I agree. You can get a bad cut of meat anywhere or a problem with something else at a local grocery store. AFM regardless of the problems is still a blessing to those REALLY needing to cut back and save. I agree that those who can afford to be so picky need to shop elsewhere.
This country is hurting and things continue to get worse. Those complaining might someday wish they had AFM to feed their family!
I was raised by a Mother who endured the great depression and she knew the value of a dollar. My Mother told me stories of being hungry. There were times in her childhood she went to bed crying with hunger.

I am quite frugal and can’t buy the amount of food with meat for less ANYWHERE. We have never had a problem with the meats or produce. Once in a while they do need to make a substitution for an item, never had a problem with that either. We got a Mrs. Smith’s pumpkin pie this month, FULL size pie, not tiny as described by someone above.
Dessert is not a necessity.

The Church we pick up from is always very pleasant and helpful. There are times there might be an item we wouldn’t use in our box, we hand it back to them so it can added to a box for someone in need, No waste.

As far as the FBI and AFM. That is none of my business! You see, a true Christian is not going to judge them for things we know nothing about. That is God’s job as detailed in the Bible. God makes it clear you are not to judge others. Spreading rumors and bearing false witness is also in the Bible.

I was taught if I couldn’t say something nice, to say nothing! Some of you could use this advice. There are people in REAL NEED in this Country right now that may be scared away by some of the nasty comments made here. In Reality, the food is good and it helps people. Just don’t expect a filet mignon for the price a chicken liver.

February 28, 2009 at 10:17 am
(133) Janie says:

Can I add an “Amen” to the above comment?! I’ve been using AFM for the past six months now, and have found it to be such a blessing to my family that I mention it to as many folks I can– with things the way they are today, can we really afford to be so picky?

I also share the food with others in need, which blesses me in return….this is what Christians are supposed to do, is it not?

To all the “nay-sayers” I’d like to ask: How often have you purchased a bag of produce/fruit at the grocery store and had a few to throw into the garbage, once you opened the bag?? “rot” just happens, no matter where the items are purchased!

Over all, we have been VERY PLEASED with the food from AFM and will continue to mention their services to others.

While the “distribution point” is not MY church, it give me a good feeling to know that the boxes purchased will help this small church as well. May God bless Lighthouse Church of God in Rabun, Alabama, in their efforts to help those in their community!

March 1, 2009 at 11:19 am
(134) Sissy says:

Angel Food in this area (west Texas) has really gone downhill quality-wise in the past few months. I quit using it about 2 months ago and my mom picked up her last order yesterday and won’t be reordering. Two reasons for our disenchantment (1) the lack of value and (2) the unhealthy eating style it promotes.

The meat products were so full of gristle, fat and waste so that the usable meat is negligible. My moment of revelation was when I took a couple of the quick frozen split chicken breasts and cooked them down for stock; when I was cleaning off the meat and discarding the fat, skin etc the pile of actual chicken meat I ended up with was the eqivalent of ONE skinless, boneless chicken breast out of a package of chicken I had purchased at Albertson on a buy one get one free offer. The shelf stable milk and the eggs are about the only thing I find of acceptable quality. The frozen vegetables are wretched. And the processed food is … well processed. The sad thing is that I don’t remember the quality being so awful a year or two ago when we first started with Angel Food. I know that I can take my $30 and buy a lot healthier food that cooks from scratch and tastes better.

My mother was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in addition to which her cholesterol was found way too high so she has gone over the offerings in Angel Food with a very critical eye as to health and Angel Food pretty much flunked. She is committed to controlling her diabetes with diet and not become drug dependent to deal with it. We went item by item on the menu and very very little of it was acceptable.

$30 will buy a lot of lentils, lean chicken (used as a condiment instead of an entree) and veggies and fruits IN SEASON …. much tastier and healthier then Angel Foods current offerings. Too bad – it seemed like a good idea when first introduced.

March 1, 2009 at 7:56 pm
(135) Amy says:

My husband and I have 5 small children. We were spending about $800 per month in groceries. Since using AFM (3 regular boxes, 1 fruit and veg box, 1-2 extra meat boxes) we are spending $130 on AFM and about $200 per month at the grocery store! That’s $330 per month instead of $800 per month! The food is high quality. There have only been a few things we didn’t eat, and that was just based on our personal tastes, not because there was anything wrong with the food. The steaks we have received have been high quality, restaurant grade–even tastier than I would splurge for at the store! I’ve been using my crock pot a lot with the meats, and we’ve never received “bad” or “rotten” foods. I have recommended it to all my sister-in-laws, and we’re using the money we’re saving for a family cruise!!

March 2, 2009 at 1:46 am
(136) Genevieve says:

My family started using AFM last Sept. The regular boxes had some items which were not so great while the produce boxes were fantastic. We purchased some of the meat specials which were actually pretty good and the few tougher pieces of meat we cooked down into stews, etc. Overall we were seeing a large savings in our groceries.
Starting in Dec./Jan. the meat which we started receiving in a black backed wrapper was injected with preservatives or something. As much as we tried to wash it, boil it, etc. we could not rid the meat of this horrible taste. This last order we received, did not have the same quality of pork chops we had been receiving but the same poor quality of meat… also in a black wrapper.
I brought it to the attention of those managing the Distribution Center, who told me that they guessed I could contact AFM. I sent an e-mail to AFM and asked them to try the meat out for themselves and see if they could get past the smell and taste enough to eat it.
When we had to throw out all of the meat specials boxes and now all the meat and pork from the regular boxes, we are not saving but actually losing money.
I have also just heard about GreatFoodForAll, which appears to have a better menu, informs people on their site that the meat isn’t injected, and also has a site where you can obtain all of the ingredients and preparation information for the items in their boxes. I understand that the Distribution Centers receive twice the amount of compensation/box than AFM. So, I will now patiently wait until GFFA reaches my area and hope I will fare much better.

March 2, 2009 at 8:04 am
(137) BIll says:

Wow! So many unhappy people. Guess they didn’t get 16 ounce ribeyes for $1.00. I would have to say go to your local market and see how much $30.00 will get you. I also believe the people gripping have money enough to buy at the store without too much worry. But people on a strict budget need this service. I also believe they are NOT Christian. Many earlier comments say it all. God does not teach us to be this way to our fellow man. If Wingo is guilty or not is God’s judgement. The ministry is blessed. I also have received rotten foods from the big name stores. When packed, all produce is good. But it only takes a few days for one piece to go bad and ruin the whole bag. Like all this bad mouthing of a God send for many, a few comments will ruin this for many. They never promised USDA prime. In fact many brand name companies package for smaller companies without putting the name brand on the package. We just started and have found nothing wrong with the products. Yes this country of abundance is to spolied. Gluttony runs wild. EVERYTHING has to be top quality for minimal price. All I am asking is that if you are Christian, think of what your saying.

March 2, 2009 at 12:43 pm
(138) SallyGdN says:

I am an AFM Host Site Director and I am very pleased with the food. Our family orders every month, as does most of our church and over 300 families have ordered in over a years time. I have several regular customers, that order every month. I have people who order once and I never see them again. I have had a few people complain about certain items and if they do it quickly I will contact Angel Food and let them know and see if there is something that can be done for them, to make up for the problem. I have had someone contact me 3 or 4 months after receiving an order (and using it all) to complain, and I simply cannot do anything about that. I do want to know if there is an issue, and do whatever we can to make it right. Our Host Site has even made it right for people ourselves. We use the benevolence funds to buy food and give to needy families and the local food pantry, and a missionary in Haiti. I have had people with tears in their eyes say “Thank you all for doing this, I do not know what we would do without Angel Food”. When I get discouraged and falsely accused, as one woman did by saying we were just doing this for the money, no one at our Host Site is paid one penny for all the work done here to make Angel Food happen every month, I just remember the tears in the eyes of those precious people and keep on doing what I can to bless people with some savings on their groceries.
PS. I have never had any of the awful substitutions mentioned here in all the time we’ve done AFM. There have been substitutions but they were good ones and a comparible value. I would make sure to report that directly to AFM, because I would hope that Host Sites are not doing anything underhanded or wrong. I tell people give Angel Food a try, what can it hurt? Thank you all, and God Bless.

March 2, 2009 at 1:33 pm
(139) Peggy Wetherington says:

I have done everything in my power to get the Woodstock/Canton pickup area investigated, with no luck and I am sure this writing won’t acomplish anything either. I PAID in advance and my check was cashed imediately but when I went to pick up my box (for my children Ifor XMAS as they are unemployed)I was told that they had changed the pickup to a prior week and not only could I not get my money back I could not get credit and pick one up the next month. They were rude and downright thieves. The owners and originators of this multi-million dollar scam should be kicked out of their mansions and made to live homeless or better still life in prison, think they could get some angel food boxes delivered to the slammer. I would give anything if we scammed people could get together and jail them for life. I live on retirement and get really boiling mad about people stealing from and scamming me. Can we band together and get justice?

March 3, 2009 at 10:39 am
(140) Linda C says:

Contact Angel Food Ministries

Call our new 24-hour hotline for answers
to common questions, including menu information
and host site contact information
1-877-FOOD-MINISTRY (1-877-366-3646)

Office Phone: 770-267-7015 or 888-819-3745
Fax: 770-267-8031
Email: angelfood@angelfoodministries.com
Mail: P.O. Box 128 Good Hope, Georgia 30641

March 3, 2009 at 10:52 am
(141) Linda C says:

I’ve sent a few emails today to let AFM know about the problems being reported in this blog and the link to the blog itself. I just think if word never gets back to the ministry headquarters, then nothing will ever be done to correct potential problems at some of the distribution sites.

The AFM host site director (a few comments above) is right–call your center as soon as possible if there is a problem with food, but if you have done that and they didn’t/couldn’t take care of the problem, then contact the headquarters and let them know. Keep contacting them until you get a response, but if no response comes, you could then contact your local media. But it shouldn’t have to come to that, in my opinion.

March 3, 2009 at 4:13 pm
(142) Charles Farmel says:

This is my third time getting a box here in Buffalo, NY. I am very pleased with my items so far. I got a box of fruit and vegetables for my mom and she liked it so much that this month my wife wants us to get a box of fruit and vegetable.One thing for sure is that if there is something in my box that I dont want, one of my children will eat it for sure.

March 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm
(143) Ted says:

I saw afm workers steal boxes of steaks and
give away boxes of food to staff employees.
I never went back.

March 3, 2009 at 7:11 pm
(144) Linda C says:

Here’s my 2 cents. Frankly, I don’t believe Ted (comment #143). First and foremost, if Ted saw this going on, HE should have confronted them and if nothing was done to correct the situation, then he should have contacted AFM headquarters and/or the police. It is morally wrong to just ignore a crime being committed. And, just how did you know that this supposed stealing was going on?

Second, did you not know that the distribution centers do not have AFM workers or AFM staff employees? The centers that distribute the food are made up of volunteers, probably many of them church members, if the center is at a church. Also, some of the volunteers buy their own food boxes.

I think Ted is a typical example of someone who comes to these forums to stir up trouble and should just be ignored. Shame on you! This ministry is providing a valuable service to many people who need the help. For some, it really means whether or not they will have food on the table in that last week of the month.

There are some here that have had genuine problems with some of the food they have received. Maybe something good could come from the discussion on this forum, but I can certainly tell you that nobody needs some mealy-mouthed punk to come here and spout outright lies!

March 5, 2009 at 6:56 pm
(145) Really Blessed and I know it says:

To Ted!
ONLY volunteers from the Churches hand out the food, nobody from AFM is there!
Did you know that some people pay for boxes to be donated to others? Maybe that is what you saw! Judge NOT and don’t assume as someone said above. At our Church we have a lady who pays for a couple boxes of food and they donate it to the homeless shelter. They also deliver it to the shelter. They could have have been taking it to a family in need. That could be what you saw OR maybe, just maybe those volunteers were taking home boxes they PAID for. We have volunteers who buy it so they load their’s in their own car when they are finished handing out the boxes.

They only recieve the number of boxes they pay for in advance so there is nothing left unless someone doesn’t pick it up. IF it is left they always donate to someone in need.
They do NOT get extra boxes of food! ONLY what is paid for in advance.

Now, I’ll tell you we buy from AFM and not one thing has been rotted, meat has never been inserted with anything to make it taste bad.

I Thank God each night we are able to buy our groceries this cheap! I know thousands of other families feel the same way. As said Many times, if you don’t like it, buy somewhere else!!!!!

To the lady who can buy plenty of HEATHY food for 30.00, go for it but stop spreading discontent here. I spend less than 150.00 a month to feed my entire family and that is fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, beans, rice and whatever else we are blessed to get. I can NOT buy enough food to feed my family without it and many are in the same boat!!!!!!!!!

I have seen others already say this but I’ll repeat it. Times are really bad, families are hurting. Do you have any idea how many people are without jobs?????
People need help and for many this is a true blessing!

The contact info has been posted here for those who really need to contact AFM but for the love of God, don’t call out of spite or because you are too picky for your own good!
God help us if things get so bad that even those bad mouthing AFM feels blessed enough to just accept it without casting all these stones!

March 5, 2009 at 8:16 pm
(146) Free Thinking says:

People need to recognize that discount grocery stores provide the same reduction of prices, and they’re not vainly labeling themselves as a charity!

March 5, 2009 at 9:20 pm
(147) Discount stores says:

Not everyone has those so called discount stores with those fabulously cheap prices like you do where they can feed a family of 4 for 30.00 per week. I know we don’t. My sister shops sales only, buy one get one free deals, dollar stores and still can’t feed herself and her husband for 30.00 a week and they don’t eat much meat, they can’t afford to. You can say what you like but unless you live all the USA you can’t tell people they can do better.
This is getting to be ridiculous! All you people putting down how WE shop and you don’t know everything. Stop making people think just because you Claim to be able to do better that they can!
Prices vary all over this country and not everyone has the same stores. By the way, AFM is appreciated by more people than the ones complaining on here. I agree with the others, don’t buy it if you don’t like it but lay off the insults and degrading.

March 6, 2009 at 10:07 am
(148) Cheryl says:

I was introduced to AFM by a donation. I have bought a couple months worth in the past as well. Today I am paying it forward and donating a box to someone in need.

AFM is a wonderful benefit. However, it is only for those who aren’t proud, picky and ungrateful. I think it’s fair that if someone has a “bad” experience, they should share it. However, AFM is not claiming to be anyone’s savior. They are just an organization that is geared strictly to help with food. Some of you may not realize that you can “minister” without shoving religion or faith down someone’s throat. This is an organization that does just that and they choose mostly churches as distribution points with volunteers welcoming the chance to help.

Anyway, I digress. The quality is great. Unless you do all your shopping at a butcher, an orchard, an organic food market or grow your own foods, then you really shouldn’t knock it because the food you buy at the market is not “fresh” either. It makes me wonder why those putting AFM down turned to them in the first place rather than the local food bank. For those of you who are curious and haven’t ordered from them yet, the food is great quality. What you get is not a month’s worth but provides food to make several meals. If you spent that same amount in the store, you would only get be able to get things like a pkg. of meat, milk, bread, cereal, eggs, etc – the “essentials” – which WON’T make several meals). They do have the right to make substitutions, which I have dealt with before but that’s understood considering all the food and being short of store donations to AFM (that’s right, store). And if you aren’t interested in a “religion”, think of it as only a hub. It is not a ploy to market anything, just people helping you period.

March 6, 2009 at 9:17 pm
(149) catherine howes says:

We used AFM this past month for the first time. I usually shop at Publix and for us its been well worth it. We are using it to save money, my husband works in construction and future prospects at this time are not good. I first heard about this group in a e-news letter I subscribe too. The produce was top notch 100% top of the line. I don’t know what these others are complaining about. By not shopping in the grocery store I am saving money by not impulse buying. I have dropped off our order for the end of the month and can’t wait to see what is in our box…I hope the recent problems with the company don’t affect the program. I feel blessed to have heard of this wonderful ministry and hope to continue with them forever!!

March 9, 2009 at 1:56 pm
(150) Kristie Phares says:

I just started getting the AFM boxes. We did the main box, fruits and veggies and the steak box last month. I really like it. The fruits and veggies box is an excellent deal. You can’t buy half of that in a store for that price.

March 10, 2009 at 12:30 pm
(151) JDMinn says:

To the person who said $30 will buy a lot of lentils and chicken, not in my area. Chicken is outrageously expensive these days. Thirty bucks will maybe get you 6 lbs fresh, 10 lbs frozen. They just started offering an allergen-free box mostly made up of chicken cuts.

March 10, 2009 at 1:14 pm
(152) Jennifer says:

I have gorwning kids and the prices in the grocery store are out of site. I found Angel food 6 Months ago and I will NOT go back to the store unless I really have to. I spent an averge of $650 a MOnth at the Store as we ate beans rice and loads of high fat CHEAP food.. WIth Angel food we have meat and Veggies as well as the starches Like rice and pastas.. $30 a week Plus the produce pack I LOVE IT sweet potatoes as well as russet My Gorcery bill is now $300 a month and we are eating a LOT better than we did before.

March 10, 2009 at 7:47 pm
(153) Bonnie says:

I think this is a great way for anyone to help with the monthly food bill. I’ve been ordering for the last 2 months & all of the food we have received has been good and filling. The specials fill our need.

March 11, 2009 at 7:34 pm
(154) Jerry C says:

I was thinking of using this services but read the linked article:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29574290/

In summary; if you thing Wall Street is bad, try this one out:

In 2006, the ministry reported revenue of $96 million dollars and $17 million in expenses. Tax records from that year show the Wingos and two of their sons earned a combined total in excess of $2.1 million for leading the ministry, up from just less than a combined $323,000 a year earlier.

March 12, 2009 at 9:21 am
(155) Danielle C says:

I’ve only tried AFM once and that was a year ago when it was only $25 then. I didn’t think it was that great. I am a bargain shopper by heart so I was very anxious to try this. There was a lot of stuff we don’t like/eat so it wasn’t a great deal.(and I like most things) The chicken fajita strips were gross. Nobody in my family ate them. Even the apples were not good, they were mushy so I made cooked apples out of them. Some kind of sausage bangor things that were gross and we also don’t even frozen lasagna or fake hamburger helper type stuff. I probably did get my $25 worth but I think I can do better getting stuff we actually eat shopping sales at the regular grocery store.

March 12, 2009 at 4:05 pm
(156) Ryan says:

I’ve read all of the above comments and I have to say.. you people are getting “Had”. Yeah sure you get to pay $30 for cheap food, but my God… you are getting the worst cuts of meat and salt-filled death.

I read the passage of one guy who said something about Jesus feeding people with loaves of bread and them not worrying about nutritional information… well I respond with this, this is 2009AD, not 29AD… we DO worry about those things… people ARE worried about Saturated Fat intake… about everything they put into their bodies.

Even if you have absolutely next to no money, most places have food pantries… many of which are run by churches (I donated to one last week) or by volunteers… just go to one of those to get cheap or free food… that’s palatable and healthy!

And to answer one the of guy’s comments about spending 30$ at a store and getting a lot of groceries I respond like this:

Don’t buy name brand… instead of buying veggies… grow your own! Yeah your meat selection may suffer but guess what? It won’t be the Grade F stuff you find with AFM. And you’ll know it BEFORE you buy it!

Instead of buying bread… bake your own bread! Americans nowadays are too darn lazy.. they want cheap items.. yet don’t want to work for said cheap items.

Regarding AFM and their questionable business practices… I take issue with a non-profit organization paying themselves more than the president makes in a year. If anything a non-profit only should pay their workers and themselves THE AVERAGE pay for that particular job… not 600k +! You people coming to their defense need to wake up and do the research! It’s out there, just google it… the news sites aren’t wrong (For once).

And to the “so-called” AFM employees doing damage control… you people make me sick. You people hide behind the veneer of doing God’s work when it’s evident that you are purely in it for the money… while giving good people garbage food. Despicable!

March 13, 2009 at 1:16 pm
(157) Jane says:

My husband and I started using Angel Food Ministries when he was laid off of work. He is now back to work part time and we continue to purchase foods monthly. We especially like the fruit and veggies–they are always fresh and healthy. This service has helped us to continue to eat healthy. My son and his wife are now purchasing from Angel Foods and are also very happy with everything they have received. Thank you so much and hopefully you can keep up this good work for a long time. Thanks again.

March 13, 2009 at 2:21 pm
(158) Vicki says:

I have been using angel food for about a year now. This ministry is a huge help to my single parent home. I have learned what to order and what not to order. In the past the beef products are fatty, but I’m not a big beef eater…so this is not a big deal to me. The chicken boxes (especially the seasoned chicken breast) are great! I get them everytime they are available. A family of 3 averages $200 – $300 monthly in groceries….my family of 3 along with AFN averages $100 a month. Thank you AFN!

March 13, 2009 at 3:36 pm
(159) amanda says:

ive been buying afm for about 5 months now feeding 4 adults and it has lowered my grocery bill quite abit. For the record alot of the chicken products are from tyson and i believe that is a name brand product. Also every thing ive recceived has been very good accept for the corn tortilas.I have an aldis and super walmart near my house and cant get 30.00 worth of food to feed 4 adults from them, try double or triple unless i want to live off of beans and potatoes. if you have a problem with afm quit buying from them. For some of us in todays economy this is a blessing there are weeks even with both of us working i would have been hard pressed to feed four of us. thank you afm continue your hard work.

March 13, 2009 at 4:44 pm
(160) Nikki says:

I ordered from AFM for the first time in February. I was very impressed with the quality of the foods that I received. Sure, there were off brands, but what do you expect for $30? I have tried clipping coupons and shopping sales and I still can’t get as much food for the same price at the grocery stores. My husband has been unable to find work since June, so this is a HUGE help for our grocery budget. Yes, we got a fatty looking steak. So what. I have seen worse in the stores! I plan to cut up up to use in a stew. I am now anxiously awaiting my March order.

March 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm
(161) Janet says:

I have used Angel Foods Ministries for about a year now. I have learned that you have to pick and choose what you arder as some things are excelent and others are of poor quality. I like paying in advance and look forward to the pick up day as I have a load of groceries that are pre paid. The t bone steak boxes that they had in February were GREAT!

March 13, 2009 at 6:15 pm
(162) Lilly says:

Amanda, you mentioned a lot of the AFM’s chicken products are Tyson. Do you know whether or not their breaded chicken tenders are? I was thinking of getting the special 10 lb box that is on for March. Some of the chicken products I have had so far from AFM has comes in a plain clean plastic bad with no writing on it period. The other chicken products I have had from AFM say AFM and lists the nutritional info and cooking instructions on the packaging which to me indicates it is co-branded but gives no clue it is from Tyson or not.

March 14, 2009 at 12:30 am
(163) Jan says:

It would be nice if they would actually give you what is on the menu. It seems odd that their salaries went up so much and they raised the price of the boxes from $25 to $30. How are they making so much money when the price of gas and food had gone up so much?

We were substituted a hot pocket for 2.5 pounds of chicken and another hot pocket for 1.5 pounds sausage. We though these meals would be a family dinner and instead were given a snack sandwich. They say you get a bottle of Hawaiin Punch, but they do not say that the bottle is the size for a lunch box. The menu lists dessert item, but it is only a dollar store small cheap pack of cookies every time. Eggs are medium size.

I believe that they do some good, but not exactly $60 worth of groceries.

March 15, 2009 at 9:32 pm
(164) Brenda says:

I have been doing Angel Food Ministries for three years and only missed two months. We love it. By the way the chicken tenders are good. We ordered three main boxes and the chicken tenders. This is my biggest order yet. I would recommend it to anyone. We love the meat. The meat has been good. AFM has helped us to keep food on our table. There is four in our family. I have a nineteen and a fourteen year old kids to feed. So we all like AFm.

March 16, 2009 at 6:36 am
(165) lisa says:

angel food has saved my family lots of money each month. its cheaper than walmart. thank you
angel food…god bless

March 16, 2009 at 4:17 pm
(166) Lynn says:

I am an AFM volunteer at my church. Every month I help other volunteers box orders of food. Yes, some months we have to make substitutions from the stated menu: but all substitutions are of equal or higher quality food than stated on the menu.

Yes, there have been problems with the quality of frozen foods that come from the distributor. If you, the buyer of the box, are not satisfied with what you have purchased, either complain directly to AFM or find another way to purchase food inexpensively.

As a volunteer, I handle the food orders with as much care and professionalism as possible. I agree that sometimes the meats do not look appetizing, but it is a food ministry that is very much meat based. For you vegetarians or semi-vegetarians out there, don’t you read the menu that is available before you order.

Bottom line is, if you like what you get-keep on ordering. If not, go to Aldi’s, Costco’s or Sams Club. Or better yet, get back to nature and grow your own food or take up hunting. All that work will leave you little time for complaining.

March 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm
(167) Debbie says:

Hi, I have not taken part in this food program, but my sister has. She shows me weekly menus she has to choose from. Every time I sat down with her and a store circular, I have found that she could have purchased the same products for very close to the $30.00, if not under. Considering there are a few items each week that her family won’t eat, I don’t think it is such a good dealfor her. I personaly buy what is on sale, if this week chicken is on sale and I wanted pork chops, I eat chicken and wait till the chops go on sale. I also have a freezer bag system that allows me to purchase a number of items and freeze them for latter. My final thoughts, You may not be losing with this program, but if you are a savy shopper your not gaining.

March 16, 2009 at 8:01 pm
(168) Lorraine says:

I MUST disagree with Jan. We have only
gotten cookies in our VERY FIRST BOX. The
last time it was CREAM CAKE which was delicious
and I was glad that we had ordered 4 boxes, as
it was my birthdayand I didn’t have to bake or
buy a cake. We got the boxes on Saturday and
by Tuesday ALL of that cake was gone.
On the other hand, the roasts we got shrunk up to barely enough for ONE person
let alone FOUR, and not only that, they tasted like they had been soaked in salt water for MONTHS ON END!! The porkchops ARE tough, and could not have been tougher! I cooked them in the crockpot and the dogs couldn’t even chew them. It made them sick.
The sausage IS nasty, but is easily cut up
for dog food! It has helped us out a lot.
I did not expect $6 a pound ribeyes, but
the chicken tenders are the most tender
chicken tenders I have ever had!

March 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm
(169) pat. says:

I looked over the selections for a couple of months before I decided to order. I estimated what was the average cost for each item I would normally buy on sale and didn’t add in anything I did not regularly use. When I got to $30 and certain things still had to be included, I decided it was worth it to me.

The meat looked as good as most in the supermarket’s meat section. Since both sides are visible, there is no hidden fat. The packaging is just great–ready for the freezer with no reportioning.

Some of the items like macaroni and cheese are not ones on my regular menu but they are staples. Others like the pie are not the apple ones my husband prefers. My point is that you cannot please every person and every taste.

I don’t eat sugared cereal–never even bought it for my four kids when they were growing up–so I passed it on to my granddaughter as a treat. I may never use the pinto beans (don’t know how to properly cook them) but my church collects for a food pantry so it won’t be wasted.

I consider myself am a good shopper. I check circulars and use coupons. I stock my freezer when the price is right. I also stock my kitchen cabinets. I also plan my meals around what is advertised. If I really want something I dream of ordering it in a restaurant but wait until the time is right.

Most people couldn’t put together the package I bought for $30. I agree that the food is not a savings of half what it would cost in a store, but the point is that it is a savings and even perhaps a convenience.

I don’t think I would want to get involved with the produce. I like to go to the store and see what I am getting. There may no longer be fruit and vegetable stores convenient outside the city but I can still size up the items as I bag them. However, I will try the regular box again. I am not sure about the senior meals though. I cannot find enough any nutritional information on the package and I like to know about calories, carbohydrates, protein, etc. (I have searched the internet as well but no luck so far.)

Angel Food Ministries is to be commended for being out there helping in this tough economy. Volunteers are key to saving money in an operation. It is good people helping people not people pushing any religion. It is always there for those who want it.

Thank you to all who care.

March 17, 2009 at 11:54 pm
(170) Linda C says:

I priced the items in April’s regular box and the savings for 3 regular boxes plus 1 special #4 chicken box will come to about $90. No way could we save almost double buying the same items in any grocery store! We do good with coupons, Kroger senior day savings, special discounts at Krogers on items we use (like the buy any 10 items, get $5 off). We can usually save around $40 or more, but never have we come close to saving almost double!

Beginning in April, we’re going to put all the savings from the AFM boxes, coupons, special store discounts, etc. into a savings jar. We’re planning to move within a year or two, so that will go towards the moving expenses. :}

This ministry is wonderful and greatly appreciated! We wouldn’t be able to save any money otherwise!

March 18, 2009 at 3:05 am
(171) metalmama says:

I found it was a horrible deal, the one month I got it thinking I would have a great stock of chicken, it was the worst quality meat and food I have ever paid for. I am a frugal shopper, I shop the sales and use my coupons, I get high quality brand name foods much cheaper than what I paid $30 for. Never again!

March 18, 2009 at 10:48 am
(172) Tee says:

This ministry is under investigation by the FBI. Joe Wingo did grow up poor, but that doesn’t excuse him from paying himself a huge salary. This article and others have been in the Atlanta AJC. Check it out.
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories//2009/02/23/angel_food_ministries.html

March 18, 2009 at 8:19 pm
(173) angel says:

I tried the afm boxes for a few months and each time I thought maybe there would be better quality foods the next month. It never happened. I was really disappointed. The food needs to be minimally processed, not all the processed garbage adding to obesity in this country. Other people I have talked to in our area say the same thing. Many of these are families that need good quality food for less. They are people that are laid off or make minimum wage. Maybe certain parts of the country have better quality foods through afm. Our area does not. I am going to try great food for all boxes next month. I am hoping the food is a better quality. And my two dogs would not eat any of the foods from afm if that tells you something.And they are not picky. Maybe the millions of dollars of profit the ministry made could serve to help people’s health, not hurt it.

March 20, 2009 at 12:18 am
(174) Terry says:

I get the food with two other friends. We each get a box and sometimes share the fruit and veggie. I had another friend complain about the quality but really, if you know how to cook you can do something with almost anything. I save the breaded chicken patties for when my son’s friends come over. I add the frozen veggies to soups and stews. The steaks and pork might be grissley, but they are otherwise tender with good flavor. I trade the processed turkey meat for my friend’s milk in a box (I LOVE having a extra milk for emergencies.) We pick up and order the same day so it really is not a huge inconvenience. if we are all free, we stop and do lunch on the way–a nice day for the moms. if not, we take turns, so nobody is really ever put out much. If I had to buy the same stuff in my grocery store it would definitely be 20$–maybe better quality, but i can compromise quality this much (and its not BAD quality) to save $20.
BTW–I’ve gotten 4 fruit and veggie boxes and nothing has ever been bad. close to being ripe, yes, but never past its prime.

March 20, 2009 at 2:47 pm
(175) Cathy says:

I buy AFM boxes from time to time. Even though some of it is not of high quality the way it is promoted to always be. I feel like it is still worth $30 and saves some money besides. However, What I have a problem with is the way AFM promotes the boxes as being always of high quality, brand names, restaurant grade meats, and never seconds, etc. I have a much bigger problem with the misleading than I do with the food itself as there is a principle involved.

March 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm
(176) Joyce says:

We started using Angel Food when my husband had major surgery, then was laid off. It has been mostly a good experience-the food has been maybe what I wouldn’t have bought at the supermarket, but it has been a help to our family of 3. Also I noticed one person mentioned you have to deal with a church. I don’t know what state she is from but in my town in PA, there is a social agency who sponsors Angel Food as well as 2 churches.

March 21, 2009 at 7:28 pm
(177) danny says:

Please don’t waste your money.nasty steaks. chicken I would’nt feed a dog.SHAME ON YOU for the name you use.you can shop and beat there price, with a lot better items here in KENTUCKY anyway.

March 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm
(178) donna says:

I don’t know why you people get so upset about the negative comments displayed here! Everyone has there own opinion! If you liked it don’t worry about what people say and just keep using the program!

March 23, 2009 at 5:47 am
(179) ok says:

tell you why.its bad enough to strugle in life.then have someone hiding behind the lord riping people off.

March 23, 2009 at 8:57 am
(180) debbie says:

i think its funny when people complain about getting cheap food that they have to find the right recipe for to make it taste good but will go to a restraunt pay 30 dollars for the same food and tip the waiter/waitress another ten .when your shelves are empty and your jobs gone this is truely a godsend. ive bought from aldis krogers dollar stores and its the same anywhere you go. ive gotten chicken not on sale at krogers when i opened it at home it was spoiled ive gotten meat from krogers on sale that has been hit with red dye to make it look good only to turn brown the next day and smell bad by the afternoon. ive gotten vegetables from different stores with the same results, if you shine something wet something down it looks better and they charge more for the same food.im sorry but when you dont have 50 dollars to put to food when your city has lost over half their jobs , when your babies are crying from hunger then tell me how bad the food is. it seems the ones who complain havent had to sit at night feeding their kids the last bit of soup and doing without themselves.yes i want good food for my kids and if its more then a pack of crackers and a can of soup split between 3 of them then i thank angel food for thinking of more then themselves thank you to them for making sure my kids get something to stop the hunger in their bellies.if i can only use half of an orange then at least theyre getting that . how many stores do you know will collect their old shelf food or day old bread and give it to you or your families rather then sell it to you for double what it should cost?and angel foods isnt day old , its funny anytime anyone tries to do anything for others some people pick it apart till they feel theres no point in even trying to help.if you dont like the food fine go elsewhere and buy it if you like it fine praise it.when my son was in galviston bay during a hurricane it was angel food there helping them with meals when kentucky was in total darkness from freezing storms no food no electric it was angel food bringing meals to them 42000 lbs of fresh food and fruit serving 8000 hot meals to people with no electric.their always there when the disasters are where are you? i say God bless them for doing good in the world we could use alot more of these

March 23, 2009 at 9:33 am
(181) EM says:

I got a box from AFM and it was ok.. I think I could have done better at Save-A-Lot or Aldis with my 30 bucks. Right now I dont have the extra 30 bucks to spare to get another box becasue i need the food now not in 3 weeks. Over all I would do it again if i had the extra money. I know that sounds silly but i get paid once a month as a state worker so its hard..

March 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm
(182) KD says:

We have 5 children ranging in age 1 to 12. Although we both work full-time, the economy has hit all of us in some way. I am also a full-time student working toward getting a masters in social work. I know my purchases benefit the local church and I’m thrilled about that because this church is totally committed to the community. The quality of food is excellent in my opinion. I am a bargain shopper and can get sales on some items. With 5 kids I take advantage of all angles! The AFM produce is actually better than we can get in the stores locally. Everyone has different tastes so there will always be items you don’t find the best but overall we are so pleased. I find a money savings in the fact that I don’t go to the grocery as often so avoid unplanned buys. If anyone can do a better program for less, I know our communities would be glad to accept your assistance but I fully support AFM!

March 23, 2009 at 1:43 pm
(183) S. Marie says:

MY FAMILY HAS BEEN ORDERING FROM ANGEL FOOD FOR 3 YEARS NOW. THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES THAT THE FOOD IS A BETTER QUALITY OR VALUE THAN OTHERS, BUT OVER ALL WE HAVE BEEN VERY HAPPY.

OVER THREE YEARS I HAVE PERSONALLY TALKED TO MANY, MANY PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN BLESSED BY THE MINISTRY.

MY SUGGESTION IS THAT IF YOU DID NOT LIKE THE SERVICE YOU RECIEVED, CHECK OUT OTHER HOST SITES IN YOUR AREA. IF YOU RECIEVE ONE OR TWO ITEMS YOUR FAMILY WON’T USE, LEAVE THEM WITH THE HOST SITE FOR THEM TO PASS ON TO SOMEONE WHO HAS NOTHEING & WILL MAKE USE OF ANYTHING THEY CAN! MOST ALL OF THE HOST SITES HELP PEOPLE THAT NEED IT!

I WOULD ALSO ENCOURAGE ANYONE TO CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE & MENU! WHEN WE STARTED WITH AFM WE HAD 1 REGULAR BOX AND 3 SPECIALS TO ORDER FROM…THE MENU HAS COME A LONG WAY!!

MOST (IF NOT ALL)HOST SITES ARE HAPPY TO HAVE VOLUNTEERS. CHECK IT OUT! IT CAN BE VERY REWARDING TO HELP OTHERS!!

March 24, 2009 at 2:38 pm
(184) cindy bailey says:

Angel Food is great for those of us at least thirty five miles from the nearest grocery store. Yes you could find great bargins buy going store to store in a big city but here the gas costs kill us. We use Angel Food here because our town lost our grocery store and the drive to the next town makes a loaf of bread around five dollars. we have had good luck with all the food and if there is something we don’t like we trade. But if it were not for these type programs the rural community here in North Iowa would suffer

March 24, 2009 at 6:15 pm
(185) don says:

just got home with my march 21st order of chicken tenders and guess what? packages have a use by march 14 date.e mailed afm but will never hear from them. last time we purchase from afm rip-off

March 24, 2009 at 7:15 pm
(186) Linda C says:

Don’t throw away your chicken tenders yet. I thought you could use raw meat or freeze it by the “use by” date, and if frozen, the meat would be good for several months.

I guess they don’t consider this to be expired meat as long as they have frozen it by the “use by” date? Can’t say I like the idea of getting meat that has been frozen by its expiration date, but I’d still eat it since it’s still good.

I never checked the “use by” dates on the meats in our (December 2008) box, but didn’t have any problem with them.

If you’re still uncomfortable using the meat, and afm doesn’t contact you by email, you could still call them directly.

March 25, 2009 at 3:10 am
(187) Jeff says:

Hey, Angel foods is going to jail. Love people who use gods name to make several million and don’t pay any taxes. Gee, wonder what gods saying now…..

March 25, 2009 at 3:15 am
(188) Steve says:

Yeah, I saw this and other articals: http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2009/02/12/angel_food_fbi.html
The founder was in jail for stealing money and looks like he’s doing it again!

March 25, 2009 at 8:45 am
(189) Kristina says:

I have ordered twice now and have found everything to be of good quality. The meat was excellent. I thought the chicken nuggets were going to be processed chicken meat, but they were pieces of the chicken tenders. Excellent. I split a box of fruit/veggies with a friend and once again, everything was great. The pineapple was so delicious! I have not had any problem with rotten food and I order in Maine! With the high prices of groceries in this state, this is an excellent deal.

March 25, 2009 at 8:47 am
(190) Kristina says:

By the way, I am an atheist, but since they sell to everyone and anyone I have no qualms purchasing from Angel Foods.

March 25, 2009 at 11:47 pm
(191) Lorraine says:

Well tonight we had the “filet mingon” The
bacon they were wrapped in was VERY nasty and
the steak itself was tough, more like “mystery
meat”. Don you were lucky to get your box on
3-21. We had to wait till 3-28 for ours. Our
next pick up date is Saturday, 3-28. I am looking forward to is as I ordered 3 boxes of
Chicken Tenders. Those are about the only thing that the dogs don’t get to sample unless
I make one for them specifically. So far almost ALL of the beef has been nasty, except
for some hamburgers we got in an earlier box.
If this trend continues, I will still buy afm
boxes, but will donate the unwanteds to a food
pantry. The mac n cheese is very good and I
think they buy some of the foods from Sav A Lot. I have emailed them telling them how they could do better and have better products
in the boxes, but so far I have gotten NO RESPONSE. Has anyone here emailed them and
gotten a response?

March 26, 2009 at 12:40 am
(192) Linda C says:

Yes, I emailed customer service Tuesday evening (March 24) regarding the expired chicken tenders mentioned by Don in message #185 and received a response the next day. Here is the response from Harry Michaels:

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From:
“Harry Michaels”

Dear Linda, I am Head of Procurement at AFM and I am sorry that you have seen some negative posts about us. I can assure you that the Tenders that were used for the Special Box are the ONLY item on the Menu that was not made to order for us. These were purchased thru a Broker that assured me there were no use by dates with the product. Now, when a Cold Storage ships out product and they do not QC the product and our QC Department should have caught this before the product went out the door. The only way I can try to explain how this happed is by the way the pallet of product was configured. These out of date boxes may have been stacked in the middle of the pallet and there would be no way of know about this issue unless the whole pallet was inspected which would have occurred if a problem was suspected.

I can assure you that this vendor will not be used again and that our quality vendors make our product to order so that we can assure the best and freshest quality. God Bless, Harry

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March 26, 2009 at 12:43 am
(193) Linda C says:

Oops! I cut off the email:

Harry.Michaels@angelfoodministries.com

March 26, 2009 at 11:18 am
(194) Pat says:

I used to buy Angel Food every month but found I could do much better at Aldi’
and farmers markets. It was
great at first but there is only so much rice and beans you can eat. I ended up with a cupboard full of unused products.

March 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm
(195) Lorraine says:

WOW Linda, that was fast. I am still waiting
on a response. I still think that since they
can buy i bulk they could get that GOVERNMENT
CHEESE that everyone speaks so highly of. I
sure would like to try a pound or two of that!
With the April Boxes we will buy I plan to donate the Pizzas back to them. We do not eat
Pepperoni, or Pork, and I am sure with them being “Supreme” they will have Pepperoni on
them. I think if we could get Wal-Mart on the band wagon, we could get better filet mingnons. I agree with the posts about all
the rice and dry beans. I wouldn’t mind having their Hawaiian Punch substituted for the beans or for the rice for that matter,
as their Hawaiian Punch was better than the
one you buy in the store and it seemed to have had a better flavor to it. Really to
me they could buy the store brand frozen
bread loaves and have those instead of all
the “All Meat Franks” which contain PORK!
Plus I believe the box would THEN feed 4 for
a week. Maybe if enough of us complain the
boxes would ge better? Just a thought!

March 28, 2009 at 12:54 am
(196) Margie says:

I think the food could have some healthier options, but as a single lady,it’s been a Godsend. It lasts me all month. I agree with the steaks being tough, but after I sear them, I cut them up for soup or stew and it became very tender (also stretched the number of meals and I ate less meat/more veggies.) All in all, I’d say it was worth it, but I’d like to see them cut out the fries and replace with pinto beans, for example. I’ve always had great luck with the veggie box. I’d complain to the local pick up place if it was molded.

March 28, 2009 at 1:03 am
(197) Sandra says:

I have ordered for the last two months and it has saved me alot at the grocery store. The fresh fruit & veggies have lasted the whole month without waste as thet have come in in excellent condition. I ordersd a extra specialty box this month and will pick my food up tomorrow. Most products are produced in the USA except the cereal. I would like to see all products manufactured here. Other than that,I do not have anything negative to say about this ministry and hope, in better times,I can help someone else. Jobs are hard to find now and times are only getting worse. I suspect that Angel Food Ministries will grow as the economy only worsens. Lets keep this ministry in our prayers.

March 28, 2009 at 9:10 am
(198) Brandi says:

We order from Angel Food Ministries every month. We like it so much that we order 5 boxes to feed our family of 7. Our family has been blessed by Angel food and I refer them to everyone I know! Thank you Angel Food Ministries. God Bless!

March 28, 2009 at 2:57 pm
(199) Yvette says:

I am very disppointed! I got spoiled ham that I wouldn’t even feed my dog. I guess it is true about the CEOs of the company. I got this to try it out and while maybe other families have gotten better packages, mine was not worth it at all. I can go to the dollar store and get fresher food which I will do from now on. This is hardly the type of meat I would give to dog then to feed to a human. Again it was not worth my 30 bucks, because I had to throw out the meat because it was spoiled. A shopper is truly better off with some coupons, a dollar store, or going to a local church for food help. I will pray extra hard for those CEOs of Angel Min.

March 29, 2009 at 5:57 pm
(200) Mary says:

I have been using AFM boxes for about a year now. I feel that they are good quality and a great bargain, especially when coupled with the specials. I think the specials are a key factor in this whole food deal. The ribeyes are fantastic, the bacon wrapped fillets are really good if you don’t cook them to death, and I LOVE the bacon wrapped chicken. I have only had an occasional steak be a bit grisly but I’ve had that at grocery stores also! The breaded chicken tenders and fillets have been awesome – though sometimes, like this month, ours got substituted for regular unbreaded chicken tenders, which actually was fine with me. This way I can utilize them in many more ways. You have to understand when you purchase that sometimes there will be substitutes! I love the fresh fruit and produce boxes but you certainly need to plan to use the products they, like any other produce, will not last forever – so get busy using ‘em when you get ‘em! You can’t just ignore them and leave them to sit around for days and days and weeks even! The Christmas fruit box was awesome and the holiday specials are excellent too. My roasting hen at Thanksgiving was soooooooo good! Love those ‘southern’ sides – they need very little if any additional seasoning. Even the senior meals are pretty darned good and perfect for a senior citizen to make sure that they are eating balanced meals. Don’t know why some have good experiences and others bad – hopefully your host site is handling the food properly and keeping things frozen and refrigerated during the transfers and all, but I’m a BIG advocate for Angel Food Ministries – totally LOVE Angel Food Ministries!!!! Thank God for them.

March 30, 2009 at 1:55 pm
(201) Karen says:

I have been purchasing AFM since my husband was laid off in August ’08. It has been a god send. The main box and one side lasts us well into three weeks (just the two of us) and saves us $200-$300 per month. You have to sometimes get creative with the meats and we haven’t had a bad meal yet. The only problem I have is getting foods with no cooking instructions: ie pumpkin pie, pineapple pie, ready made meat loaf and gravy, etc. I’ve been guessing with these and it’s been so far so good!

March 30, 2009 at 4:16 pm
(202) Isabella says:

Mary, my breaded chicken tender box gor substituted too for the regular chicken tenders. I had never tried the breaded chicken tenders before but the special box said it would be 10lbs of them. The regular chicken tenders was not 10lbs, closer to 7-8 lbs when I weighed them. Do you or anyone else reading this know whether or not the usual 10lb breaded chicken tenders box actually weighs 10lbs or is it 7-8lbs like the regular ones are? Just wanted to know for future reference in case I decide to order them the next time they are a special again. Thanks.

March 30, 2009 at 7:05 pm
(203) Tashyna says:

We tried AFM out for the first time this weekend and were very pleased. I am a frugal shopper and truly found the amount spent was much cheaper than regular stores(especially all the meat).

We got a Meat box in addition to the regular box. That night we had some chicken, brats and ribs. They were great! The steaks looked yummy as well. Tonight will be the porkchops.

I will order next month. This will be helpful in this economy.

March 31, 2009 at 7:04 am
(204) MIMI IN DE says:

Angel Food is a blessing. We participate in Delaware and have yet to find any food that I consider sub-standard.
Summertime brings grills out & stocking up on the special boxes has our freezer full. I’ve no complaints regarding the meats, the kids love the chicken tenders & breaded patties.
We, too, have been able to help others in tighter situations with food because AFM has helped us keep our own cupboards stocked.
I tell everybody to come join us.
Yes, it is administered by a local church. I am not a member of that church yet they have welcomed me with open arms and have not made any attempts to push or pressure me regarding church or ANYTHING else.
Great program and I am a pleased AFM customer & volunteer.

March 31, 2009 at 10:38 am
(205) Tricia says:

Wow, if people dont like it they can buy elsewhere but don’t need to bash someone who is helping lots of people.

I purchase the Allery Free box due to the fact we have a Celiac child. The allergy box was great and I have no complaints especially since chicken nuggets cost 6.99 for 6 oz at Whole foods (whole paycheck). Yes it is all breaded and I wish there were some non-breaded stuff but I’m not going to bash Angel Foods for that.

Thanks AFM for taking time to look in to an allergy alternative since our food prices tend to be close to 400% HIGHER than the average non allergy family. We did not ask to have Celiac Disease on our family and get tired of not being able to participate in lots of food acivities or eating out on a regular basis due to the expense of actual GF restaurants and not being able to do a quick meal out due to the GF menu’s available.

April 1, 2009 at 5:33 am
(206) Cathy says:

Thank you, I love the food. The horse meat was the best.Thank you God for such fine and honest people and the loop holes you can hide from with a 501-c

April 1, 2009 at 6:06 am
(207) leo says:

OMG,is that why the FBI came in on angel food? Thats awful.Is a 501-c that form to get around paying tax’s.I got a box of mac/and cheese it was of high quality,right up there with dollar store and save a lot.Wonder how much KICK BACK those lieing preachers get?

April 1, 2009 at 6:15 am
(208) leave them alone says:

LEAVE ANGEL FOOD ALONE THEY HAVE TO DO SOMETHING WITH THAT FOOD THATS ABOUT TO SPOIL.WHO ELSE COULD THEY PAWN THIS CRAP OFF ON? (LEAVE THEM ALONE) I HOPE SOMEONE FORCES YOU TO EAT GOOD FOOD. JUST LEAVE THEM ALONE!!!! YOU TO BRITTNEY……

April 1, 2009 at 2:46 pm
(209) ronna says:

I am on month #3 of AFM. I have found so far it to be a good value for my hard-earned money, especially in this time of economic crisis. I have learned to make-do with what I have and after all, isn’t that the heart of being frugal? I am thankful for this program to help me pinch every penny I earn. This program helps supplement my shopping at Aldi. I prepare most of my meals from scratch and am always looking for new ways to prepare the food I have on hand.

April 4, 2009 at 11:59 pm
(210) Isabella says:

I posted the other day stating the 10lb special chicken tender box/bag did not weigh 10 lbs and for future reference, I wondered if this was normal. This weekend out of the blue, I got a call from my AFM host church apologizing and saying the day I picked up my order there was some confusion and those like me who had ordered the chicken tender box special were supposed to get two bags of chicken tenders but instead were mistakenly only given one bag. Obviously, the bags were 5 lbs each. When I weighed them to get some kind of idea what they weighed, the bag appeared it might be up to 7-8 lbs. But then these were very old scales and never have matched my doctor’s so it was not possible to get an accurate read. They wanted me to come get the other bag and I did. Needless to say, I feel a whole lot better now about the whole ordeal. I know in my heart now I did get what I paid for and the matter was handled well.

April 5, 2009 at 8:17 am
(211) Leann says:

We tried it once and found that we spend way more than we would at the grocery store. I’m a couponer so they were overpriced and lower quality than what I can get. I guess if your not a couponer or you have a small family it would save you a trip to the store. Overall, I’d say all around bad deal for our family of 8

April 7, 2009 at 11:53 am
(212) JB says:

I checked local prices(which are very reasonable) and you definitely save some money here. Also, the food quality is very good.

April 9, 2009 at 6:54 am
(213) danny says:

I ordered again, same poor quality.could not find exp date on the meat.chicken nuggets had no meat in them. I will pray for afm.mean while save your money and buy food you can eat.

April 11, 2009 at 8:33 am
(214) matthew says:

please read Matthew ch.21 verse 12-13!

April 13, 2009 at 9:46 pm
(215) Renee' says:

We’ve ordered twice from AFM and have our 3rd order in but not delivered yet. So far our meat has been very good. Mostly beef and some chicken, but I don’t rely on this totally, but supplement. For example, I went and specifically bought some fish at the store.

I’ve found in the 3 months we’ve been ordering that if you plan what you’re getting and supplement it’s not bad.

I’ve had 3 tangerines I had to throw away because they were bad after two weeks – we didn’t eat them fast enough and I ended up throwing away a head of cabbage – hated to do it but we just don’t eat cabbage very well. I had good intentions of using it, but just never did before it spoiled. My fault – not theirs.

I will probably pare down though because I’m diabetic and my husband has just been diagnosed pre-diabetic and so I have to be a little more choosy with our diet.

But here in Missouri (just outside of St. Louis) it has been a very good deal. Several friends have purchased from AFM for quite a long time and love it.

Thanks!

April 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm
(216) Caitlin says:

My husband and I are “financially challenged” newlyweds and were introduced to the Angel Food program by his mom. We’ve ordered from them twice thus far; the first time we only ordered the senior meal package, and the second time we ordered the senior meals plus the fruit/veggie box. I don’t care much for the senior meals (I’ll admit that I’m a rather picky eater) but my husband loves them so we’ve continue to order them.
I was very pleased with the fruit and veggie box, though. Everything was fresh and in great condition. Over a month later, we’re actually still working on finishing some of the fruits and veggies.
Overall, I think that this program provides a useful and relatively inexpensive supplement to one’s diet, although I don’t believe it’s a complete grocery system by itself.

April 16, 2009 at 2:10 pm
(217) Terry says:

March was my first experience with angel food. I got the regular box and the fruit and vegetable box. I felt that it was a pretty good value. The fruit box was very fresh and tasty. We have had fun trying the different meats and things in the regular box. I have not found anything that we have not liked yet.

April 16, 2009 at 3:41 pm
(218) Still working on mine says:

I encouraged my parents’ church to start doing AFM because the prices of the supermarket’s items where they live. Last month was the first time I ordered from Angel Food, and I have my second order in already. I was happy with the food service quality food. I recognized most of the styles from when I worked as a cook. I am still working on the meat portions from last month’s order. But for me and my son, it was perfect. However, I wish they would include more shelf stable milk. As for the chicken tenders 10 lb box, they have to be fried, which isn’t all that healthy, but fine if you eat it in moderation.

April 19, 2009 at 5:45 pm
(219) Ladean says:

My family and I are thinking about ordering through Angel Food Ministries. My question is this…if your vegetables, fruits or what have you are rotten (or almost there) have you brought it to the AFM attention immediately? If so, what is their response?

April 20, 2009 at 12:47 pm
(220) bradley says:

Our church used to do afm until we found out about another food program called “GREAT FOOD FOR ALL”. Their prices are the same as afm but the food quallity is much better. All their steaks are Omaha steak company steaks, and come UN-SEASONED. Their $30 basic box not only has beef, steak, chicken, fruits, and vegtables, but also have sea food, such as shrimp and talapia. And when the label says shrimp you actually get shrimp, unlike the last afm menu that said alaskan salmon which is $8/pound and actually give you salmon from china which is about $1.50/pound. The food comes already boxed up so our small church doesnt have to struggle with volunteers. the specials are teriffic. they have KIDS boxes for lunches, BREAKFAST boxes with bacon, saussage, coffe, and hash browns. DESSERT boxes with actual CHEESECAKE FACTORY cheesecakes!! They also have senior boxes with 10 meals per box and are all no salt or sugar added. They have Thanksgiving boxes that feed 6-8 people for 25 bucks, and christmas boxes the same price. Check out their website at http://www.greatfoodforall.com

April 23, 2009 at 11:43 pm
(221) Rob says:

I started purchasing angel food this year,so far it has been fairly decent.The fresh produce has to be used within a few days,maybe a week on some stuff,The chicken has been excellent quality,and the steaks are alright,some cuts are better than others.The frozen veggies need to be cleaned,I noticed with the frozen carrots there was some black stuff frozen on to some of them,like cleaning beans or something,lol.The hamburger is horrible,very greasy and tough.Can’t say much about the pork,I give that away every month, a friend of mine said it was very good.The french fries have additives in them,I don’t like that,and we don’t eat the processed food.I know people who are in worse financial conditions than myself,and I give away what we won’t eat,the people I give it to are happy to have it.I live in Co. and we don’t have Aldi’s here,nor do have the great food for all program(I wish we did)so between the AFM and Share Colorado programs I do save money on groceries.I figure it this way,it allows me to help out people less fortunate than myself,and feed my family too.I’ve been lucky with my orders as well,never had anything missing,and it takes maybe 5 minutes to pick up the order total,I’m in and out, the people at the church load it up in the car for me,which also means 2 less trips every month to the grocery store with 4 kids.

April 24, 2009 at 12:50 am
(222) Nichaleen says:

My husband and I are the afm coordinators for our church. We have been doing afm for about a year now and have loved the program. The main box varies from month to month and the specials keep getting better all the time. They have added an allergen free box and a seafood box. Just recently I have heard of a box for diabetic meals as well. After reading most of the comments above we are saddened by those who feel they need to bash, trash and put this ministry down. True not all the food appeals to everyone, true there are issues as with ANY food program but look at it from a christian perspective. The men and women (and kids) who volunteer do this because we love our communities and want to make a difference. The rumors, news coverage and whisperings about the headquartes and the founders, wheather true or not, are not ours to judge. I believe that the care and love at each host site should speak louder than allegeations about the HQ. Our church puts love and care into every box with the smiles and interaction we give our customers. we look forward to seeing the regular customers who come every month, and meeting the new ones who have just come to “check it out” We treat this as the ministry it was intended to be when the founders came up with it. Recently one of our regular patrons came in to order and was visibly upset. I asked what was wrong and she told me she had just come from the doctors office and her breast cancer had returned. I cried with her and asked the minister to pray with us. I know she was grateful for the support. This ministry not only feeds the bellies of our community it feeds the soul as well. I pray that each of you reading this will look at the merits of this program and not only the shortcomings. After all “those with out sin may cast the first stone.”

April 24, 2009 at 3:11 pm
(223) Martha says:

It would be ridiculous to say that the food from AFM is always perfect and in pristine condition. I almost always just order the senior convenience box. These meals are nutritious, taste good and are in the most health quantities for a senior. I have had few disappointments over the two years I’ve bought AF. I have a problem with so much breading, but hey, that’s just me.The frozen vegetables I’ve received are the highest quality and the green beans are the best I ever tasted. The two whole chickens I got were the best tasing I’ve had in years. Wish I knew for sure where they come from. The original intent of the organization, I think, was to provide enough food for the money they had for people who would have otherwise gone hungry. It has grown, and added a lot of sophistication which usually leads to trouble in an organization striving to do something good. Looks like it might have gotten out of hand a bit, but I like AFM foods and will continue to buy them as long as they are available. ON my low income, I honestly don’t know what I’ll do if they quit, or are forced to stop. I won’t be nearly so well nourished as I am now. That is fact.

April 27, 2009 at 9:17 pm
(224) Angela C. says:

AFM is a God-send. I recently ordered the regular box and all of the March specials. All of the food has been delicious. For those who have problems, I suggest cooking lessons. For those that complain that the meats are soaked in preservatives, WASH THEM FIRST! These are basic rules of food safety. For those that complain about having to fry the tenders, it is not necessary. I never, ever fry breaded meats. They have most likely already been fried. Put them in an oven at 425 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes unless the package directions say otherwise. I missed the April order because I did not have money before the deadline. I will never do that again. I can’t wait to order my May boxes!

April 27, 2009 at 11:28 pm
(225) Danna says:

Most months, I find Angel Food to be an excellent way to feed the two of us. We are on a very limited income. In Oklahoma, a large wheat and cattle producer, you would think you could buy decent beef in the stores.
Not true. The store meat is always tough and/or stringy. In the last 18 months, we have not had any bad meat from AFN. During the week, we live on sandwiches and other quick meals since we work various schedules. Weekends is when I do the real cooking. We do not rely on AFN for all our groceries but we do rely upon AFN for our meats and find we save a lot of money that way. I buy the basic package and usually at least two of the meat specials and it lasts all month for us. We love the breaded chicken. It is not heavily breaded nor is it heavily spiced which is the way we like it. I often use it to fix us a “hot” sandwich late in the evening when we get home. The only complaint I have is that there is not enough “special” needs foods – like sugar free canned fruits or sugar free deserts for those of us that are diabetic. Maybe one day they will be able to arrange a “diabetic” special package.
Is this food I would find in a 5 star restaurant? I don’t know, I can’t afford those places. All I know is that I truly appreciate AFN as it gives me a way to stretch a really lean food budget so that we can have a variety of good, nutritious foods.
I only wish this had been available to me when I was a younger, single mom and trying to feed three small children on little money.
I think AFN is a Godsend. The church where I order also has worked some special deals with some of the grocery stores with bakeries to donate their day old items which I am happy to get because I have learned how to either
“refresh” them or use them in recipes. Thank you AFN!!!

May 2, 2009 at 2:26 am
(226) DWV says:

Our church has been a host site for Angel Food Ministries the last 4 months. It has truly been a blessing to many families in an area that is economically depressed. If you have the monetary resources to shop at high end grocery stores…then AFM is probably not for you. Here is a list from AFM of suppliers
General Mills, Empire Beef, House of Raeford Chicken, Con Agra Food, Prim Cut Meat & Seafood, O.K. Foods, Midwest Premier, Stampede Meat,Fieldale Farms, Schans Bakery, Topps Meat, Sanderson Farm, Birdeseye, T.J. Foods, John Souls Foods, Pilgrims Pride, Encor, McKee Foods, Tyson, Southeastern Mills, Allen Canning, Perdue Farms, Noodles By Leonaro, Kocks Foods, Jiffy Mix, Dakota Growers Pasta and U.S. Food Service.

May 19, 2009 at 5:17 am
(227) Janelle Akers says:

My husband and I only recently started using AFM after I lost my job and continue to be unemployed. Things are tight right now but we still manage to be very happy.

I’m not too much of a picky eater, although I love gourmet and cuisine from around the world. The great thing about the frozen meats provided in the “signature” box is that you can do whatever you want with it. A little seasoning and marinade can make a huge difference. I also really like that the meats and eggs are from my state, that’s definitely helping the regional economy.

I’ve read that people had an issue with the meat being too salty or fatty, I always rinse, pat dry and trim excess fat before cooking. I have yet to notice an excess in sodium.

I speculate that it is possible to save money shopping sales at your local grocery store, but there is no guarantee. Some of the dry or canned products are brands I’ve never heard of or have seen in Sav-A-Lot or other discount grocers.

Brand listing for this month: Country Post leg quarters, Simply Southern Sides chicken and corn stuffing, On-Cor salisbury steak entree, Foster Farms corn dogs, Chef Maxwell chopped ham, TopO’theLine tuna, TJ Farms fries, Musselman’s apple sauce, Truth Farms canned pears, Encompass dinner roll mix, Sunshine Harvest mac&cheese, Chestnut Mountain eggs, Schwan’s sweet potato pie and Borden shelf milk (hormone free! yay!!)

Despite any litigation with the creators of AFM, the rest of the ministry really does mean well. They’re providing free food to the ones truly in need, each box sold is $1 to that local host church and they’re keeping food on so many struggling families’ plates.

AFM is worth checking out, just be sure to read the menu and do your research if you need to.

May 19, 2009 at 11:25 pm
(228) Linda says:

I am so thankful for AFM.. All the meat that people complain about can be used in crock pots and stews for later dates, we just cut the fat off No problem. All of our produce arrives in good condition, we can and freeze things to use later on during the month. We only have 1 grocery store in town that is 20 miles away so thank you AFM for being there.

May 20, 2009 at 11:30 am
(229) pastor Kevin says:

Hey, folks. My church is considering becoming a host site. My wife and I started ordering boxes last year from different sites to see how they handled things and also to test the food. We gave most of the boxes to families in need.

I’ve noticed the food is geared more towards those who like fried foods and gravy. My wife and I have tried boxes ourselves and do find some items that are to our liking. Other items we give to neighbors who seem to be pleased. We’ve comparison shopped and we can’t find anything the same price in our area (but have come close on sale items). We live in a small town far from a Walmart, Sams Club or any other bargain store like that, but have found prices in Sams Club to be equal to the AFM boxes. If we were to travel to one of these discount stores, we could purchase what we want and only what we want, but then there’s also the added expense of gas which seems to be going up again. In the end, the items we don’t use in the AFM box and the cost of gas to go to a discount store aren’t equal (the AFM box is cheaper).

I guess the only problem I have that isn’t resolved is how the profit being made off of AFM is being distributed. I’ll continue to watch how things are resolved and pray for the common good above that of a few.

May 23, 2009 at 12:01 pm
(230) Mary Pevehouse says:

My daughter in law got AFM once and was shocked at the low quality of the food. Milk was spoiled, produce bad and meat was shabby. For $30 she and I can get two weeks worth of good quality food.
Money is to valuable to take a chance on wasting any of it.
Try store sales, unclaimed freight and salvage, dollar stores, and market down meat specials in stores and butcher shops. Don’t be afraid to ask for any last minute mark down specials at your grocer. Ask about scratch and dent items.

May 28, 2009 at 2:13 pm
(231) smoogy says:

I have patronized ANGEL FOOD MINISTRIES and am grateful for the program. The steaks are excellent, as as well as every thing I purchased was in good order, and tasteful the price is phenomenal also. I was greeted well and everyone was very very friendly and kind I will continue to order.

June 10, 2009 at 8:59 am
(232) Sheryll S. Smith says:

I have ordered Angel Food for about 6 month. The senior meals were very convenient. Unfortunately, I was not able to use them when our diet became “salt restricted” because the sodium content was not specified. We have enjoyed the seafood as well as the special meat packages. For $30, the box is still a very good deal, even after passing on anything we cannot use. I am very thankful for the Angel Food Ministries!

June 12, 2009 at 10:28 am
(233) GregW says:

I found this coupon code, it is valid for Angel Food Ministries food boxes, and gives you 10% off a signature box. Angel Food Coupon Code “10sig98″. The problem is that I believe it is limited and expires in July. Pass it around

June 12, 2009 at 5:18 pm
(234) Christine says:

I used the program for a while but once I compared the quality of products with the loss leader selection of meats at the grocery store, I found the grocery store to be superior. There is too much processed and breaded stuff for a healthy diet. The sodium content is also too high. Most of the meats are rather fatty, full of grissel and tough.

June 25, 2009 at 1:11 pm
(235) Some are ungrateful says:

We have gotten Angel food for a long time, so have friends and family. We always get meats with NO grissle and we do tenderize it= and find it is better than in the grocery stores.
I can NOT count how many times in my life have gotten a tough steak from local chain grocery stores. IT HAPPENS!
Where do you people think they get this food?
It comes from places like Tyson for one example. The SAME places that supply the grocery stores. We have NEVER gotten bad produce and as for the milk…it is LONG shelf life milk and can’t spoil that soon (to the lady claiming her milk was spoiled) I detest anyone who lies to make someone look bad. I am not saying some people might get a bad cut of meat from time to time, it happens in grocery stores too but there is a way to contact AFM and report it!
I am assuming that some of you that are beyond picky have never been hungry! No, I’m not saying this is better than nothing, quite the opposite! Because of AFM MANY families today are eating!!!!!!! Do any of you have any idea how bad things are??? Are you aware that things will get worse before they improve??? And for those who say they can get more food for the money…GOOD for you because I am a shopping pro and I can’t unless we want to live on beans and rice!!!!
For that 30.00 ONE regular box and ONE produce feeds my husband and myself for a month for 52.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you don’t like AF, don’t buy it but STOP turning others against it who might REALLY need it!

July 22, 2009 at 1:44 pm
(236) Cheryl in Memphis says:

I placed my first order this month & will order again next month. Find myself in agreement w/some of the others about processed food in the box. The second box of produce was beautiful. I did find between the boxes there was more than I can use or will not eat. Gave overage or what I will not eat to family member & neighbor. Plan to re-order next month w/another family member & we will trade off with each other between the boxes.

This food may not be top shelf, but store brands are often no better & cannot count the times local stores have lousy meat or overpriced seasonal produce. Years ago I ordered mail order meat from the Mid-west. Portions are small, meat no better than local & no money deal with junk fee costs, etc. As for the content & ordering in advance, the intent is to actually cook at home & put forth some effort for me meal planning. The health concerns are no worse than the fast food or packaged foods in the stores many of you are feeding your family with.

Growing up in my large family there were times of no idea where the next meal would be coming from. I was laid off a couple of months ago, no income & living on my credit cards until they max. At that point I have no idea what I will do. Will order from internet site using my EBT card or credit card to assure there will be food in the house for a couple of months. If the content doesn’t appeal to you, skip that month & come back later for an order. For those of us just getting by, the AFN is a gift & a deal. Remember, this is a ministry – not a store for a consumerism attitude or unrealistic demands.

July 23, 2009 at 10:56 am
(237) Anonymous says:

Angel Food Ministries is a wonderful organization dedicated to making people’s lives a little easier. They offer convenience and great food for half the price. They now help out 500,000 families across 42 states. If that is not a huge help, then I don’t know what is. They are volunteer ran, and they spend over 23 million dollars giving back to charities. They have a great menu. The August menu looks fantastic. It even offers Allergen-Free boxes for families. The month of August Angel Food is switching it up by allowing customers to buy any box they want. There is no longer a requirement to buy the “signature box”. There is also a code still floating around that is good till July 31st. the code is “10sig98″, and gives 10% off the “signature box” hope this helps make your decision clearer.

July 27, 2009 at 12:05 am
(238) rosary says:

I ordered one month and it was good. My chicken was expired though. The next month my latin flavors produce came all moldy. Had to throw half of it out and was no bargain. Thinking of banning this moldy ministry.

July 31, 2009 at 2:48 pm
(239) Cheryl says:

To those who have received poor-quality food — perhaps you ordered when Angel Food California had a different menu and different suppliers. They were, in fact inferior. That is why Angel Food stopped being sold in California for quite a while. They are back and everyone gets the same choices across the United States. We have been very satisfied with the food and the quality, and the price.

August 5, 2009 at 11:37 am
(240) Marion Bullock says:

I’ve been ordering since April. I have Celiac Disease and have been pleased with the good quality Allergen-Free food box. Starting in August, though, the box will contain 2# of chicken drumsticks. So far, they have had 1# of each item, which suits me better. The drumsticks seem to be mostly bone.

Also, they’ve added food mixes, which I don’t need. So I probably will stop ordering. I wish that could be optional.

August 7, 2009 at 12:28 am
(241) Pam from Missouri says:

I hope all of you leaving comments call yourselves Christians. I am a widowed retired female, and I think the AFM boxes are just fine, but then I am not a picky eater! If there is something I don’t care for, I give it to someone who does. My son and daughter-in-law have been having a hard time and I purchase boxes for them too. I LUV the fruit and vegetable box.

August 9, 2009 at 1:48 am
(242) ohevshalomel says:

I’ve ordered AFM food in the past, and have been pleased with the quality, however, I’m a pretty frugal grocery shopper when need be, so if I stretch my pennies, I can beat their deals. I tend to buy not only dinner ingredients, but also breakfast cereal and freezer food for lunches.

August 9, 2009 at 11:42 am
(243) lyttte says:

if you break down their prices, they are not really saving you money……….. you can get that stuff cheaper on sale at your local supermarket.

August 25, 2009 at 7:22 am
(244) Bonnie L. says:

We have been taking part in this program for 6mths. now and I myself have been a recepient of AFM for over a year. Most of the people here in N.E.Pa.are more than grateful as well as satisfied! I’m praying that we will soon see this area become the N.E. extension with a warehouse nearby to better reach the upper states so that travel time for delivery takes less time! Carry on,AFM…God Bless!!

August 25, 2009 at 7:22 pm
(245) Bob K. says:

I have used AFM for two months now and have been happy with the quality of the food and value of the packages. I do suggest, for those who complain of tough meats, that you buy or make a marinade.

Remember to be thankful for the things you have, not bitter over the things you want!

August 27, 2009 at 8:48 pm
(246) :) says:

I have purchased AFM for a year now and I think it’s been great. Somehow I go into Walmart and spend 100 dollars more than I need to, so AFM helps me with this problem. We’ve only disliked 1 or 2 things since we started. We probably do eat more packaged and fried foods than before, but it has saved us a lot of money. I missed a month and tried to get the same items at ALDI for $30, couldn’t even come close (and I am a very good bargain shopper). You just can’t get this much meat for 30 anywhere else. (Florida) btw, I did order the produce and it was very fresh and lasted ALL month.

August 27, 2009 at 8:51 pm
(247) Andrea in VA says:

I ordered from AFM for the first time last week. I purchased the signature box and also a fruit and veggie box. There is a lot of food and a great variety. Nothing I received was bad or spoiled. I made a great vegetarian soup with the cabbage and potatoes. There are some great aspects of this program-it is inexpensive, it is easy, and it does help people and communities. There are always those that will look a gift horse in the mouth. This cannot be prevented but not everything is right for everyone. I will order again because it saves me money and the quality is great. The only drawback (to be fair) is paying in advance-I am fortunate to have a credit card I can use and then pay off when my paycheck comes in. I build credit and get a great deal on groceries-for ME it is a win-win situation. For those folks that do not agree-please think of someone who may be happier with a box of non-name brand food than no food at all :)

September 2, 2009 at 1:43 pm
(248) Grateful says:

We’ve been buying AF for over a year. We have never gotten any bad food. We always get the fruit and veggie box and regular box. Occasionally we buy an extra box or two and extra meat box, depending on what is offered and if we’ll have company. There are only 2 of us and usually 2 boxes is plenty to last us a month. Of course we share a steak as we don’t really need a lot of red meat. The AF boxes cost us 52.00 per month plus what we spend when we see sale items on things we don’t get from AF such as shampoo, soap, detergent, flour, sugar, bread, dog food. We never spend over 100.00 per month total, thanks to AFM.
The foods are name brand but they aren’t put on the packages. I know for a fact that the chicken comes from Tyson and Purdue. I have gotten pies that I know are from Schwan’s. The frozen peas we get are as good as the peas we freeze from our own garden. They are just packaged for AFM without the standard grocery store labels.

The fact is for those who really need it, AFM is a blessing. Talk to families who have no jobs, the single parents who struggle to put food on the table, the elderly who barely make ends meet.

AFM is for anyone who wants to save money, no questions. It is not charity, it is discounted. For all those who say they get terrible rotted food: once again I say: I’ve been buying for a year and never gotten bad meats or anything else.
I’m not saying it can’t happen, goodness, it even happens at your own markets. I know many people in different areas (we are on a message board) of the USA who buy AF and not one have problems with the food.

For those who think the food isn’t good enough:
Shop elsewhere and God Bless you if you can afford to do so.
Even if I could afford to shop elsewhere, why would I when I can get AF at such a savings?

My grown children now buy from AFM because of the savings and they have eaten with us and find the food as good in quality as what they paid double for.

For those who say AF isn’t a bargain:
I am the Queen of being frugal, finding bargains and using coupons. I will not buy anything not on sale or not a huge savings. I shop carefully because I have to. I have spent 50 years shopping and I am the ultimate PRO. I can’t buy the amount of food we get from AF cheaper anywhere.
If you can, God Bless you!

If you don’t like the breading because you think it needs to be fried, it can be baked. We love the breaded chicken patties. It makes an excellent chicken sandwich and much cheaper than ‘chick fillet’.

As far as what goes on the behind the scenes of AFM. I do NOT care. It doesn’t affect me or you. It is not my place to judge or yours. We are getting what we pay for and not being cheated.
I thank God that we have AFM because other options are not out there for many of us. There is nothing like this in my area.

Last of all. The Church and people we order and pick up from is wonderful. God Bless them.

September 19, 2009 at 12:55 pm
(249) Dee says:

Our Church has been working with Angel Food ministries for almost 2 yrs. now. We finally became a host site because it has been an excellent program! I myself buy these and have had little to no compliants. Angel Food has always strived for quality and customer satisfaction. We buy several boxes and then supplement the things we use that are not available through AF. On top of all I have experienced I have learned how Angel Food reaches out to help more then I had even imagined. So dig deeper and check out Angel Food Project also. It’s just amazing and for those who have had complaints need to go straight to there distributer or to the website and make sure to let someone know. AF is always striving for quality and so if you dont let someone involved know what your idea/complaint is, you have nothing worth complaining about. hope everyone enjoys & benefits from this project and all I have to say is GET INVOLVED! God Bless!

September 19, 2009 at 1:03 pm
(250) Eva says:

My husband and I like AFM We use every bit of the food.My husband is disabled and we live off his income,so we can’t be picky these days.The ground beef is the only item we’re not carzy about,because it has lots of fat.We bought the fruit and veggie box this month and you get a lot for the money.We try to purchase every month.God bless AFM

September 21, 2009 at 11:33 am
(251) Angela says:

I have been purchasing for a few months. My only problem is paying attention as I have missed the cut off days and lost out once or twice. I love the food. I think I make a mistake by buying two or more vegetable/fruit boxes as often the fresh fruits will go bad before I get to eat them all up. I am very pleased and am waiting for my next order to come in Saturday. I think the senior box has too many things I don’t like so I don’t always order them I check out the offerings first before buying it. I think the food is great and sometimes I am not too sure the meat only pkgs save much but the quality is great.

September 24, 2009 at 7:07 pm
(252) Laurie says:

I use the senior meals which just changed significantly in the last couple of months. I am only 43, but it provides me a balanced lunch quick and is very tasty. I find it costs about the same as a frozen meal at the grocery $2.90 ea. but has much more food and makes me full w/ 2+ veggie servings in each meal and good quality entrees.

September 26, 2009 at 4:58 pm
(253) Cheryl says:

I am so thankful for this program I can’t even put it into words. I’m a single mother with two sons and receive no child support. Before I learned about Angel Food Ministries, it was a big day in our house if we had meat – and we all know growing kids need protein. We live in central Alabama and have never had an issue with the quality of the food in these boxes. I buy three basic boxes a month and one fruit & veggie box and I’m still spending less than I did buying the cheapest food I could find in the grocery stores. This program is a blessing to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to feed their families reasonably healthy meals.

October 3, 2009 at 7:07 am
(254) Marie says:

Angel Food Ministries has been a blessing. I work for a hospice organization and we have patients who are dealing with so much medicallly and financially, our nurses select needy families and we supply a box of food a month. One family with children while the father was dying was trying to live off $250 a month. They were hungry and emotionally drained. Our care, and Angel Food Ministries can improve life for families.

October 3, 2009 at 6:47 pm
(255) Brenda Schory says:

Never again will I buy from Angel Food Ministries. The steak was injected with salt and the box of frozen chicken breasts was awful. They were all frozen in one big lump and once defrosted, they were more like chicken mush – just nasty pieces of pulverized chicken. I would do better to save money by watching for sales in local stores.

October 7, 2009 at 9:23 am
(256) Lynn of NC says:

AFM food is not fine dining. Its not intended to be. But it feeds my hungry children. We are family of four who make too much for assistance but too little to make it. We need all the help we can get and AFM is there for us and I am very greatful. Everyone has their right to their choice and opinions and I respect that.

October 12, 2009 at 12:52 am
(257) Tony says:

My family has used angel food for 4 years. We have been able to reduce our food budget by nearly half! We use the savings to donate food to needy families in our area. The quality of the food is excellent. We especially enjoy the fruit and veggie box. The items in the box are usually fresher than anything we can get in our local grocery store and at $22.00, it is an incredible bargain! You should find a host site near you. Angel Food made it easy, just go to http://www.angelfoodministries.com and click on [find a host site].
Great Food! Great deal! Great Ministry!

October 12, 2009 at 2:34 am
(258) karen says:

I have been purchasing from angel food for almost a year. I began using AFM when I became a single mom trying to feed a family on a tight budget. In that time, I have only had one piece of bad fruit. It is a bit heavy on the steaks – would prefer more burger, but otherwise I have been very happy. I use AFM to supplement my shopping, and plan accordingly. I would recommend AFM to anyone!

October 12, 2009 at 11:28 am
(259) Mark says:

People are being ripped off by Angel Food Ministires in my opinion. That is why they can afford to pay their top four employees an average $500,000 a year.

Real church Food Ministires offer food at NO COST. The qualifying guidelines are very liberal. Here in Ohio a family of 4 can make over $44,000 a year and qualify for FREE FOOD. Probably better quality food than Angel Food is offering. Most of our pantry’s food choices are name brand stuff.

Check around your area. I’m sure there is a FREE food pantry nearby.

October 14, 2009 at 12:16 pm
(260) Katerina says:

I live in the OKC area and my pickup site bills the AFM fare as “balanced” ( come to think of it, the AFM web site itself does, too), and “top quality” as well as “name brand”. I don’t find enough name brand to justify the billing. The quality is not top quality. I find the quality to be hit or miss. I suspect the food is irregulars that have rejected from the plants that supply the foods. I have appreciated the ministry in the past. At this point, I have to realize that I get what I pay, and what I pay is for cheap food. I don’t find the box to be balanced at all, as it is heavy on meats, and it’s heavy on processed meats at that. The produce boxes are inconsistent in quality. Sometimes the produce lasts. Sometimes it starts to go bad quickly. In a word, I find the food to be of inconsistent quality. For someone on limited income, this could provide a solution if the above mentioned limitations are overlooked.

October 15, 2009 at 11:32 am
(261) Christy Parker says:

I have used Angel Food Ministries for a couple of months now. I found that the food has been of a nice quality for the price. The only downside is having to place and pick up your order by the specified deadline or date.

Angel food ministries is a big thing at our church (GCWC) and I think it has helped significantly. Me and my husband are just starting out and we can’t afford diddly squat! But I am so glad for those guys. They do an excellent job =]

Yes, some months it’s better then others, But as with anything you get what you pay for. We wouldnt be able to eat meat (Stakes) with out them. Chicken is used alot, but it come in deffent way/cuts.

October 27, 2009 at 9:17 pm
(262) Charlene Brewster says:

My husband and I have bought Angelfood boxes for several years. Only once was the steak so tough that we couldn’t eat it and only once did we get a box of produce that had partially frozen. I reported it and it was replaced. As for some items missing and nothing being substituted, that sounds like carelessness at the site and not at Angelfood. A solution would be to take that month’s menu with you to the site, check off menu items before leaving, and if something is misssing, go back inside and say so. They will give you the missing item. We trim off extra fat (have to do that with store bought meat, too), do not fry breaded items, including fries, but rather bake or broil them, and if we rinse hamburger crumbles to reduce the fat (have to do that with store bought hamburger, too, unless it is the ultra lean kind. I am a couponer and super shopper, and honestly, I can’t come even close to getting the same amount at the store for $30. I have no idea whether or not allegations are true. It is true that the leaders are making a lot of money. Wonder if all the anger directed at them is also directed at sports heroes who do nothing really but entertain us or CEO’s of supermarket chains who earn more than the four leaders of Angelfood do. Angelfood does give away huge amounts of food through various programs. Their generousity is in large part the reason for their success. Food banks are last resort places for most people, and where we live, they are very low on food and have cut down on what they can give. Most of their food is mostly canned or dried. Very little is fresh or frozen. It doesn’t even come close to Angelfood.

November 1, 2009 at 7:29 pm
(263) Jessica says:

I just started using AFM last month, and was extremely surprised! I only bought the main box, but my family was completely satisfied, and we plan to keep using AFM. I think it’s so great that anyone can use them! My family doesn’t qualify for alot of help, but we live pay check to pay check, and this has signifacantly helped! I used to be a “name brand” shopper, but in the past year I have realized that it’s all pretty much the same. I personally don’t like steak too much, but during these rough times I’m learning to just deal, and also have learned to eat more leftovers. I think that we could all try to be a little more thrifty and this was a good start for us.
And I truelly believe that AFM is a heck of a deal! There is no way I could get this much stuff for $30, and we thought the food (at least October’s box) was great quality. And so what if the head people get paid alot, I think they kinda deserve it for coming up with this idea, and getting it out there.

November 8, 2009 at 1:17 am
(264) Sn says:

We ordered three cartons from AFN this month. I have yet to recurve the food bur wonder where some of you are shopping. We spend $175 a week so $102 for the month looks great. I realize that other things will have yo be bought but there I’d Noe way for me to save this much at the store.

November 19, 2009 at 9:14 pm
(265) DanaL says:

I was wondering if someone could tell me the nutritional content of the senior meals. My father-in-law has to maintain a low-salt diet. Also, are they the “shelf stable” meals or frozen meals? I’m sorry if this is has been answered already, but I couldn’t seem to find any information on it.
Thanks for your help.

December 20, 2009 at 6:42 pm
(266) VERONICA says:

I would say NAY. Please be careful before using this program. I purchased my first box to see what the situation was all about. I was supposed to pick it up yesterday. There was no food and I was told the truck was stuck due to the blizzard and that they would contact me. Today I have not received a response, nor can I get the courtesy of an update. Will I get my food? Who knows! But I will tell you this, the poor administration of this group may leave a lot of families who really need this service up a creek without a food budget. It is only $32.00 to lose but still these people claim to be Christains. I doubt it!

December 20, 2009 at 7:55 pm
(267) VERONICA says:

To continue my above comment, the organization conveniently did not call me and is claiming that they will make same up. Yeah right!!! I demanded that they reverse the charges back to my account tomorrow or I would take them to court – paralegal that I am. RUN FOR YOUR LIVES AND DO NOT GIVE THESE CROOKS A CHANCE TO ROB YOU BLIND. From one who has been there and experienced this from an alleged Christain group.

December 23, 2009 at 4:45 pm
(268) Sherry Wells says:

I have been getting food from AFM for past three months and I think the food is of good quality and it has really helped me to have more food on hand where as before I always ran out. I think it’s great and the people should be commended for starting this. This month because there was a blizzard somewhere (not here) we got a courtesy call to call our host site before we went to pick up food but all went well and we did get our food.

January 1, 2010 at 10:15 am
(269) Elaine says:

If it works for you, then hoorah. I really needed AFM to work for me, having been laid off.
I really looked forward to the box, and I got the fruit & veggie box.
It’s hard for someone like me, low income, waiting for the unemployment check, to come up with the $$ ahead of time; it boils down to buying food twice for that week, and then hoping that the week the AF comes in, I save by not having to buy food. That’s where so many of us are, balancing on the head of a pin.
It was not to be. It ended costing me, as I couldn’t use much of the food from AFM. It wasn’t even an issue of poor quality, it was inedible. The steaks I looked forward to had an odd smell and taste, and were mostly gristle. I literally had 3 bites of a steak, that was all the meat there was. It couldn’t even be used for stew beef..too much gristle. The chicken breast had been separated by machine, and was hacked up. Many pieces were more bone than breast meat.
I was most perplexed by the Pork Loin Chops. The loin is the most tender part of a pig. Yet , I almost needed a chain saw to cut through them..even though they were paper thin. Now, if you can eat gristle & bone, I suppose this is a great deal. I ended up having to throw most of it away.
On a low income, I can’t afford to throw anything away.
The produce wasn’t bad, but for the money, I could have done better at the local farmer’s market.
I sent an email to AFM telling them how buying the boxes had actually cost me money, that I had to throw the food away. It’s a great idea, but the food has to be edible, as well as being a deal.
I never received a response.
Whomever is charge of food quality is sleeping on the job.
I won’t waste what little bit of money I have on AFM ministries again.
I wish it were what they claim it is. A lot of us really could use a deal.

January 5, 2010 at 2:52 pm
(270) Karen says:

I have tried the basic package for the last two months, and have been very pleased with the quality of the items. Ordered the 10 prepared meals for my 94 year old mother-in-law and very, very pleased, since she was an excellent cook and managed several restaurants in her younger day, she loves the meals. I don’t know what people expect today, but this is good value for the dollar!

January 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm
(271) Kari says:

We used to purchase from Angel Food Ministries, but after a while I found that I could get more food – the same quality or better – at my local Aldi for the same $30. And, I could do this at my convenience – not someone elses. My Grandma orders from AFM, but the church she deals with comes to her for orders and then delivers. I can see this being beneficial for someone that can’t get out, but otherwise – do your own shopping at Aldi.

January 11, 2010 at 11:38 pm
(272) AF is a Blessing says:

It’s great if you have an Aldi that sells this much food for 30.00. Apparently MANY states DO NOT have this store. Ours sure doesn’t! I have tried shopping at Kroger, Walmart, Dollar General, Family Dollar and Piggley Wiggley and could NOT buy half the food we get from AF for 30.00. IF you can, God Bless you. We have never gotten meat full of gristle, Chopped up chicken, paper thin pork chops or odd tasting meat. IF we had, I would have told them at the Church we pick and order AF from.
People are really hurting, many are going hungry and many only eat because they can get AF. IF you don’t like it, shop elsewhere. I for one am thankful for AF.
God shows us blessings in our life and some of us welcome them.

January 11, 2010 at 11:45 pm
(273) Blizzard held up delivery says:

Our food was late this month because of a blizzard (not here). The Church was kind enough to call and let us know it would be delayed. We got the food but it was late. AFM can’t control the weather and it has been nasty all over. We love the food and have had no problems and we’ve been buying from AFM for a very long time.
Praise Jesus

January 16, 2010 at 3:48 pm
(274) Gail says:

Angel Food is a good bargain. You can see if the meat will be tough and smacking it with a knife… repeatedly will tenderize it nicely. My husband IS a diabetic and you simply need to PLAN your meals to stay within the program. The diabetic society have great classes, many of them free. I have gotten AFM baskets from two different States and did find that the current distribution site keeps the frozen food frozen etc so you might want to try a different site if you have issues. If you can afford to be “fussy” or “picky” then AFM might not be for you but it sure is a blessing to us.

January 20, 2010 at 7:21 pm
(275) Lynette says:

I am a single mom with two teenagers. AFM has been a God-send. I rely on them for most of my meals. I think the steaks have a very good flavor and they are plenty big. The pork roasts are by far our family favorite. I just put them in a stoneware roaster for about an hour & they are juicy and wonderful! I ordered the holiday fruit box & gave a lot of the oranges to friends. I really think this is a great deal…if you get something you don’t like give it to family or friends. For example, we do not like fish patties. I gave them to my parents & they LOVED them. By the way, the comment about taking them to court because there was a blizzard shows that person’s character. Please don’t rely on crazies like that for an opinion.

February 6, 2010 at 3:05 pm
(276) Dan says:

We have used AFM for about 2 and a half years now, and have been satisfied for the price. Its not the best quality food in my opinion, and alot of the meats are fatty. But I use AFM to help balance my regular food store spending through the month.

February 8, 2010 at 9:54 pm
(277) Joan says:

the food was ok did have some rotten stuff didn’t know how to give it back… let someone know. but around here there is places to get angel food that is not a church… senior centers, old wherehouse buildings it don’t have to be a church also a lot are.

February 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm
(278) Ben Edmonson says:

Acquainted with Angel Food since visiting my daughter in Cedar Rapids,Ia. Began ordering when I returned to Tn and continue to this date including this month. Only once an item we did not really like but overall excellent meats, produce and other goods. Compared with local Walmart and it is about 50% less for total order. Big savings vs. paying in advance and picking up designated location and time.

February 19, 2010 at 11:52 pm
(279) Karrie says:

You know what people beggers cannot be choosers when you are on a budget. Many places that sells you frozen froods and produce and meats will have bad items they can’t control the quality of the food. Those that complained about this Ministry should be ashamed of yourself. You don’t know how God is helping those in need and any food is food to people that are struggling. As for the meats being prepared fried. When its says fryer it don’t mean you need to stick it in the fryer. You can put the dang thing in the oven for 375 degrees for about 20 mins or so until its done. Experiment with the food.
My husband and I been using this ministry off and on for almost 4 years now. We stopped in November because we didn’t know what to purchase and it was near the baking and Thanksgiving season. WE just started back this month. We are picking our package up in less then 10 hours from now. Anyhow, I would like to say this that we have gotten those sausages , some turkey fake meats and other stuff we didn’t care for. However, we were Thankful that we had food in the house to feed our belly’s. Also we live in a rural area and we have limited amount of stores to go to this was a blessing.
Next month they are starting a brand new things 4 x 4 and have different kinds of meats and veggies and sides for families of four. Plus an after school snack box for the kiddos. They are getting more better for food. If you don’t like the food there try to give it to the poor. That is what this ministry about. Its not just for your own families its for those that need food.
Also you need to understand that if people continues to buy stores foods that is cheap they are buying high fructose corn syrup in almost all the foods.
With Angel food ministry there are none in majority of the foods. Just because you had a bad box or a bad food don’t mean that others has bad foods and bad experiences.
Stop bickering and think of all the Blessings this ministry is giving to people and to stopping hunger in America.
One last thing I am checking into becoming vegetarian and organic some day but until we get our feet off from the ground I have to rely on this ministry to feed my husband and I.
Also I couldn’t stomach majority of the bickering comments and ungrateful comments at least your bellies were feed when you bought them.
I just hope and pray people will change their hearts .

February 19, 2010 at 11:56 pm
(280) Karrie says:

You know what people beggers cannot be choosers when you are on a budget. Many places that sells you frozen froods and produce and meats will have bad items they can’t control the quality of the food. Those that complained about this Ministry should be ashamed of yourself. You don’t know how God is helping those in need and any food is food to people that are struggling. As for the meats being prepared fried. When its says fryer it don’t mean you need to stick it in the fryer. You can put the dang thing in the oven for 375 degrees for about 20 mins or so until its done. Experiment with the food.
My husband and I been using this ministry off and on for almost 4 years now. We stopped in November because we didn’t know what to purchase and it was near the baking and Thanksgiving season. WE just started back this month. We are picking our package up in less then 10 hours from now. Anyhow, I would like to say this that we have gotten those sausages , some turkey fake meats and other stuff we didn’t care for. However, we were Thankful that we had food in the house to feed our belly’s. Also we live in a rural area and we have limited amount of stores to go to this was a blessing.
Next month they are starting a brand new things 4 x 4 and have different kinds of meats and veggies and sides for families of four. Plus an after school snack box for the kiddos. They are getting more better for food. If you don’t like the food there try to give it to the poor. That is what this ministry about. Its not just for your own families its for those that need food.
Also you need to understand that if people continues to buy stores foods that is cheap they are buying high fructose corn syrup in almost all the foods.
With Angel food ministry there are none in majority of the foods. Just because you had a bad box or a bad food don’t mean that others has bad foods and bad experiences.
Stop bickering and think of all the Blessings this ministry is giving to people and to stopping hunger in America.
One last thing I am checking into becoming vegetarian and organic some day but until we get our feet off from the ground I have to rely on this ministry to feed my husband and I.
Also I couldn’t stomach majority of the bickering comments and ungrateful comments at least your bellies were feed when you bought them.
I just hope and pray people will change their hearts .

I am also saddened to see so man would not attend a Church or walk into a church to help the poor. Where do you think helping the poor came from?

February 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm
(281) Sonia says:

Just got my first order from AFM- the chicken nuggets were all nasty, squishy, rubbery and I got two boxes of the signature box. I hope this is not the start of using food that is not good! I heard high praises of AFM, but I don’t know now. Broccoli looked at little off, looked like it was refrozen. I will not be buying anything from AFM again.
The price is great, but not if they won’t eat it and I have to throw it away, don’t think I would even feed it to the dog.
Where do AFM get their food??? Anyone know?

March 5, 2010 at 3:38 pm
(282) penny says:

I have tried afm like 4 times in the last year, two times they didnt have enough produce boxes , they said they were shorted, and said i could get it next month, i told them i cant wait till next month my kids want to eat this month, so they gave me my money back for the produce box, i got some ground turkey that was spoiled, i have been getting meat when it is on sale ( yes even steak) and cut it into the serving size we are really supposed to have, and freezing it and saving more that way, i serve alot of potatos , rice , pasta, cheap canned veggies also alot of other stuff and use alot of coupons where they double the dollar, i have been getting by cheaper that way, i go to the day old bread store, and a dish i like to make that is cheap is stewed tomatoes and cooked macroni, i make spagetti, spanish rice, tuna noodle casserole, salmon patties with canned salmon, mac roni salad, soup out of broth carrots, spagetti noodles, i make veg soup, bean soup, peoople can eat just as cheap or cheaper, ramen noodles, cheap frozen french fries, pancakes, grilled cheese, regular oatmeal, hey they serve alot of high sodium fatty starchy foods any way, so whats the diffrence,i i can do for myself i am not one who doesnt know how to make it stretch, i used to live on 25.00 a week ( 4 people) and still had food to stretch , i dont need to wonder if i am getting some thing spoiled like the turkey, i would rather go fight the sales at the stores and cook from scratch , my great aunt lived thru a recessioin she has a lot of ideas, also why should i get some stuff i dont like or give to the dog how am i saving then? i get dog food really cheap with coupons some times free, i agree some times the food is like from a dollar store, or worse, some one told me they heard they get it from companys that cant sell it because the meat is like the companys leftovers they cant sell because it is the low grade stuff and they have grades they have to go by, that would explain why someone said they got out dated, and the produce is sickly looking, gives you some thing to think about huh?

March 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm
(283) Ralph Purdy says:

Please people, beware of this organization. Read this and you will see why:http://onlineathens.com/multimedia/pdfs/2009/030509wingo_boardsuit.pdf

March 19, 2010 at 4:38 pm
(284) Robert says:

Just to follow up on the post by Ralph, that suit has been settled. Not saying anything about how the company is run with respect to guilt or innocence but to be fair just wanted to get this out there.
http://www.waltontribune.com/story.lasso?ewcd=42a97b9484b364fb

March 27, 2010 at 11:27 am
(285) Michelle says:

This is my second month getting Angel Food and I am very happy with it. My dad is elderly and diabetic and he really enjoys the Senior Meals and checks the packaging very carefully to make sure it fits in his diet scheme. One of the Sr. Meals lasts him for 2 meals. They are big and way worth the price. As for the desserts they put in with these meals, those are not so good because alot have sugar, etc. and for diabetics, its not a good thing. My kids dont mind – he gives them all the things he cannot have. Fresh fruits and veggies you need to be careful of. Not bad so far – but going to do some price shopping for what I got this month and see how it adds up to the $$ I spent on that box. Overall, very pleased and dad is happy.

March 27, 2010 at 1:45 pm
(286) Laura says:

We are oin Florida and have used AFM for the second month now and we are very happy with the quality. Sure, not every item is exactly what we used to buy in the grocery stores but we have had to expand our minds a little and get creative on preparing our meals. No more quick runs for fastfood…too much money and too unhealthy! I thought the fruit and veggie box was great and not one piece of fruit was rotten, like others have written in prior posts. The quality of the fruit and veggies was comparable to our local grocery store, for half the cost. I think some people expect gourmet food for their $30.00 box and these expectations may be met with a little effort on your part! We supplement AFM with small weekly trips to our grocery store to buy the “extras” to jazz up our meals. I think AFM is a lifesaver for many people right now and I am grateful we have this option to be able to help us out in such hard economic times.

March 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm
(287) Mark says:

I have been involved with AFM for 20 months and direct the efforts at my local parish. Before offering the program to the parish, we did a comparision price analysis with the stores in our area. The closest in price was Aldi’s — the local discount grocery store. Even compared to a discount store, the standard box which is offered at $30, cost $65 at Aldi’s.

There has been several items that have lacked quality in the past, but AFM has greatly improved it. The steaks are extremely tender and great for grilling. The Seafood Box and Fajita kits are simply amazing. I would dare anyone to find a more flavorful fajita that only takes 20 minutes to fix. The prepared dinners — known as Senior Boxes have greatly improved and my 15 year-old daughter enjoys them for dinner when I am not able to fix it. Our monthly orders are split between parish orders and those donated to the food bank. Last year, over $7,500 worth of food was donated to the local food bank — they greatly appreciate our donation since it provides a better variety of proteins that are normally donated.

I have always found AFM wanting to know any quality issues and always seeking to improve the products to meet the expectations of those ordering. It is difficult to put together packages that both satisfy those that know and want to cook versus prepared foods. I think AFM has gotten to a happy medium in serving both audiences.

March 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm
(288) Sherry says:

I live in IL and have been getting AFM for a few months now and I’ve read the comments above and anyone that complains about this food doesn’t need it and surely has never had to go hungry. I’m a senior citizen and I really enjoy being able to afford any meat and trying different things and for the person who threw good food away I say that’s a shame because they could have given it to someone in need. I don’t understand why some people feel the need to discredit someone who is trying to help those in need.

April 9, 2010 at 8:48 pm
(289) Johnny says:

I use to work for Angelfoodministries and they buy the cheapest food possible. The owner and founder will not even eat the food. This minstry leads you to believe that it’s a non profit, but that is far from the truth. The FBI and the IRS needs to watch these people at AFM round the clock.

April 21, 2010 at 10:33 pm
(290) anne says:

Most of the comments that are bad are old. I have been going to a new site in Vallejo and the food quality has been excellent. The only comment I would make is that some of the meat is seasoned and I would rather have it plain. I have not had anything old, greasy, or grisly, etc. The fresh items have been of a good grocery store quality. The order form clearly states that things may be substituted. I feel I get my moneys worth. Agree that there is too much meat. Rather have more milk, eggs and more veggies.

April 24, 2010 at 6:03 pm
(291) Lynn says:

2010- I am currently unemployed, have been getting AF for over 1yr. now. The food may not be top quality but as opposed to NO food it has done me and my family well. My only complaint so far is some turkey burgers which were very distasteful, but ate any way. The steaks are a bit fatty and grisley so we use them for stir-fry that way we eat less meat and have leftovers for another day or two. I have come to depend on them month to month, when we run out of milk I have box milk from AFM. We still add to our pantry from Aldi or local stores when they have super sales.

I am glad that AFM was an option for me and my family, am planning on volunteering on distribution days even though I am not a regular member of the church.

April 29, 2010 at 10:55 am
(292) crystals says:

I’m a little late to comment, but after searching for Angelfood, I decided to try it.
It’s new to our area, and before I had someone try and sell this concept to me and my friends, I decided to do a little investigations on my own. I compared what I got in my box to our local (rip-off) grocery-store and the meat alone was $22.00. I think it’s safe to say that the remaining items would have equaled more than the groceries remaining, (i.e. marinara sauce, potatoes, 3 bags of frozen veggies, shelf-life milk, moon-pies, pasta, rice, etc….
YES, for our area, in the Pacific, it’s a good deal; but I don’t think our local grocer will appreciate it. Maybe they should work with our delivery day and offer discounts on the staples and fresh veggies not included in the siggy box. For someone who lives on the mountain; who has to drive 50 miles to get the our rip-off grocer….I am sure they will do back-flips to obtain a box of food for half price. Those who can afford to drive 50 miles r/t to the closest large city to purchase the same items, would spend more too because of gasoline, and all the stuff added to the shopping cart that we didn’t need anyway.
For a world that consistently pushes buying “global-fair-trade” marketing, why would anyone be against a company from GA. selling to the Pacific? The apples I got in the veggie box were fresher than the apples I get in WA…..it pays to buy the stuff shipped from the area it’s grown in; you get a better product…and it’s fun to see the name brands that we never get from the South-East….God Bless everyone who works with Angelfood Ministries, and God Bless the Nay-Sayers….
It’s more than just a box of food; it’s time with your community, more time at home and more money in your pocket book if you live in the Pacific Northwest Purchasers…..there is a box for everyone accept the dog!
hmmm, angelfood should consider the pet-box :)

April 30, 2010 at 4:31 pm
(293) Colleen says:

We have been part of the Angelfood program here in California for over a year now. In that time, I have seen a big increase in the quality of the food, and the increase of more healthful items on the menus. I am particularly pleased about the addition of the Allergen-free box and that the Convenience meals are now created with Diabetics in mind. All of our fresh fruit boxes now come from withing Ca. so I have seen a huge improvement in the quality there as well. There are a few items we wouldn’t eat (like Lima Beans) but over-all a good deal for a family on a budget.

June 30, 2010 at 12:43 am
(294) Jurate says:
July 20, 2010 at 6:26 pm
(295) Sherry says:

A blessing to me. Recently my husband arrived right at closing time and my box was gone. I was so sad but we didn’t say anything. Next thing I knew, the church called me and apologized and gave me a free box for next month to replace the one I didn’t get and added a free box of fruits and vegetables. I was thrilled. The savings are tremendous, even my husband says so, and he was in the food industry for years. I look so forward to the pick up day. I just love the milk.

July 20, 2010 at 6:34 pm
(296) Larry says:

I had a company that fed offshore drilling rigs, so I know food. You are getting around $100 of food for $30. The negative comments are puzzling to me. Perhaps they are used to handouts, this is a co-op.
It is a blessing to many.

July 22, 2010 at 12:59 pm
(297) Gloria Ragsdale says:

I found that Angel Food Ministy is a great help for people with low income. The food and the price is the best thing since oatmeal. I would never be able to buy in the stores the amount of food at the rice I ay them. Everyone there is helpful and friendly. They treat you with respect. Some places you go for the extra help, make you feel bad because you feel one hard times. Mine is a BIG YAU for Angel Food Minstry.

July 23, 2010 at 9:15 pm
(298) polkadot says:

This will be my third month using AFM. The first mo. I ordered the signature box and did not use everything from it, but it was all fresh/frozen and in good shape. The second month I ordered meats for grilling this summer and so far it has been very good. Next week I pick up the third mo. and again I ordered meats. I buy the usual stuff from the store, but you can’t beat the meats/prices and it’s all been in very good shape. Not like some of the other posts. I have recomm. to other family/friends.

August 14, 2010 at 10:12 am
(299) Jennifer says:

We got a box last year and the food was horrible quality. They ought to be ashamed selling that rubbish. It is not a ministry, it is a scam. We could have bought they same items at Aldi and it would have been better quality and cheaper.

August 14, 2010 at 10:12 am
(300) Jennifer says:

We got a box last year and the food was horrible quality. They ought to be ashamed selling that rubbish. It is not a ministry, it is a scam. We could have bought they same items at Aldi and it would have been better quality and cheaper.

August 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm
(301) We Love the Lord says:

Jennifer, NOT everyone has an ALDI! We have bought from AFM for quite a while and things are always fine as in most cases on this forum. IF you don’t like it…don’t buy it. I have shopped at Dollor General, Walmart, Sales only from other various stores and COULD NOT come close to the buying ALL the SAME items for the price we pay.
The fact is that MILLIONS of people are out of work and more continue to lose jobs, if it weren’t for AFM..many would go hungry! They are predicting that things are going to get worse. Many of the Churches will even donate boxes of food to families in need.
Jennifer, I hope and pray you are never so desperate and hungry that you have to accept the gift of boxes of this food from AFM that you hate so desperatly!

August 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm
(302) Jennifer DeBerry says:

I have placed orders with Angel Food Ministries going on two years now. The food has gotten better and lasts a long time. I am so please that I even talked my supervisor into trying it. All those with negative comments sound like we’re talking about two different companies. My husband abd I look forward to seeing what’s on the menu for the following month. AFM is a blessing.

August 30, 2010 at 4:19 pm
(303) marie says:

OK. Whats with the old comments. 2008, come on, people.
Here in Tampa, Fl, the latest box was worththe money. I live alone on a fixed income, so I watch my pennies. I have plenty oftime to check prices on similar items in the grocery, and decide if it is worth buying from AFM that month. I pass on several items that I do not use, so I feel a win win situation is a good thing.
The Sept 2010 menus are not exactly to my liking so I will not be ordering this month. This is the beauty of AFM. One does not have to settle. It is free choice. The grocery store is still available to anyone as a choice. Do not worry about the quality too much, unless you live in an area where food is of questionable quality anyway,especially at the discount grocers like Walmart. By the way do not buy Walmart meat, it has gas pumped int the packages to prevent the meat from changing color with age. AFM meat is not a trick. Try AFM again, but use your shopping skills just as in the grocery store, and share what you do not need or want. AFM has something for everyon, and no one is compelled to buy.

August 30, 2010 at 8:52 pm
(304) Jennifer says:

We just received our first AFM box this weekend. I bought the regular box, fruit and veggie box, and the just for me box for kids. I cooked the steaks tonight and they were fine. We also tried the shelf stable milk (I have never used this before) and it was good. My son loved the peanut butter grahamwich he ate for his after school snack. So far…we have been satisfied with the quality. The fresh fruit has been good too! One of the sweetest cantaloupes I have had all summer was in our box! I will buy again.

September 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm
(305) Steph says:

I’ve ordered AngelFood three times, most recently in August 2010. I’ve always been pleased with what I purchased. I’m really surprised by some of these comments.

September 2, 2010 at 9:24 am
(306) Robert says:

Angel Food is a great deal. I priced their $30 Signature Box at my local grocery store and the items cost $64! I priced the meat items and found that they were priced about half of the store prices! This week, I shared chicken breasts, fish sticks and some of the fresh frozen veggies with my kids. Of course, the food is not super-premium, but IT IS FRESH, DELICIOUS and NUTRITIOUS!

This program is a wonderful benefit to people in need who might have trouble putting food on the table. I hope that the negative comments posted here do not steer people away from the food they might otherwise help keep them going in trying times.

This program will help anyone who needs help. But I guess it is not attractive to people who are demanding cheap prices for super-premium foods. I guess the winers are the same people who usually post comments.

September 3, 2010 at 5:37 pm
(307) Stephanie says:

The prepackaged “food” is disgusting and not worth the money. I also think it’s pathetic that people who are on limited budgets are offered this type of trash to eat for what little money they do have to spend. It seems more like a scam to me than anything else. I bet the people who founded the company wouldn’t eat any of the prepackaged items that they offer.

September 7, 2010 at 9:57 am
(308) Claire says:

My husband and I are on a pretty low budget, he works full time while I am finishing college full time. We have problems with spreading out our budget to cover all the months groceries with our bills as well. I was thinking about buying the $31 package to try, it would greatly help out with our budget. Anyone here tried it in East Tn? I was all about it until I read some of these comments. I know , since I was currently shopping at Food City, that the $31 package would be around $50 or so if bought at my store. I actually did the math haha! But I am concerned about the quality of the food I will be receiving. Mainly the beef, pork, and chicken. I wouldn’t say that I am picky because with this economy I can’t afford to be. But I certainly don’t want spoiled meat or funky chicken (No pun intended). If anyone could offer me some advice on the matter, that’d be great. I’m kinda on the fence. $31 is still a lot of money to some people and I’d hate to waste it. Thank you in advance!!

September 15, 2010 at 10:28 am
(309) Cheryl says:

The food is fine and this service is a blessing, especially when your ex doesn’t feel like paying his child support sometimes. Just remember, it’s not Wegmans. But it’s still good. Some of the comments on here are rather harsh, but when people are struggling to feed their family, this is a great program. My kids are fed.

September 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm
(310) Janice says:

I was an Angel Food Volunteer for 6 years until a few months ago. In the beginning the regular box was $25 and the quality & quanity was worth the price. Unfortunately it seems as if greed has stepped in & taken over. The boxes went up to $30 now $31 and the quality & quanity has declined. When the price first went up they said it was because of the price of gas. That’s all well & good but when you are doing over 100 boxes at a site, $500 extra from just one site is excessive. Since gas is no longer almost $4 a gallon, why have they not gone down in price? Because now the excuse is that the cost of the food has gone up, altough food of this quality has not gone up over 20% which is the amount of increase per box. If you don’t mind really inferior food, this may be for you, but you would be better off at a discout grocery store.

September 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm
(311) Val says:

I saw a comment that Angel Food is a fundraiser for churches and I have to say that is misleading.

We are a host site and while we get $1 for every box we sell, when you factor in cooling or heating (depending on the season) the building for order taking; paper (1000 pages a month) and toner for printing menus; gas for the forklift to unload the truck, cooling the building the day of (a requirement for frozen food), we are not making money, some months we even have to take up a donation among our church volunteers. We do this because we want to provide the community with an option for food. Maybe some churches make money on Angel Food, but I know ours does not and the churches in our area that we have contact with do not.

September 29, 2010 at 11:56 am
(312) donna says:

in the last two years, i’ve lived in several places across the country trying to find work. milwaukee, chicago, houston, raleigh, delaware, las vegas, sacramento. i’ve ordered AFM in all of these locations and sometimes i would not have had food if not for the AFM boxes and the local food bank.

if you are a typical moderate/low income American family that has ever appreciated a food bank/welfare/emergency or hurricane box of releif food, you will be amazed at the quantity and relative variety and relative quality for the bargain price.

you wont find anything gourmet, purely ethnic, free-range, goats milk, whole-grain or non-mainstream in the box. there probably wont be any pomegrantes or kippers or yak’s butter or goya. but i doubt that you will find anything spoiled or completely unusable either unless there is a problem with the handling at the distribution church. you may have to be creative in figuring out a proper preparation technique. You will probably HAVE to supplement the offering with a few items from the market, like bread, condiments, butter.

About half the food is heavily processed, but about half of it is just plain, ordinary food except for being frozen. i’ve gotten lots of plain frozen broccli and carrots etc as well as a few prepared/processed items. some plain chicken breasts and some heavily breaded fish and chicken items. frankly, it has always struck me as the typical american mid-lower class food basket minus chips and sodas.

if you manage your expectations to the relative price of the offerings and consider that its distibuted as a ‘near’ charity service, you wont be disappointed and maybe you will have enough to eat so that you can spend your dollars on a different necessity.

it aint a fur coat and a diamond ring, but the food is adequate and not ‘trash’ or disgusting as some posters have stated.

September 30, 2010 at 12:43 am
(313) Heather says:

I was super excited to order my first box in Sept. We are a family of four. Our two kids are 1 & 3, so they don’t eat that much. We got the $44 box. I must say that I am disappointed, and won’t be ordering again. The portions aren’t enough toneven feed us. My pancake mix makes 4 4″inch pancakes. The food seems like it was bought at the dollar store. I could have gotten more bang for my buck at grocery outlet. Our roast beef meal barely feeds two people and as I was eating it found I was chewing on a wad of plastic that was mixed in to the roast beef gravy. It seems as if they are getting greedy with the money by lowering the quality. Why a letdown.

September 30, 2010 at 12:10 pm
(314) Jane says:

They claim that the food is restaurant quality, so I tried it. I bought a few different packages to try out, and here are my thoughts (and the truth) on them.
1) The diabetic package: This was just barely above ‘human consumption’ grade. Tasted 2 different ones, and the chicken is spongy and not as good as the chicken you get in a dollar pot pie. The salisbury steak is AWEFUL, and I would NOT feed it to a goat.—haven’t tried the otheres yet, and I’m afraid to.
2) The $41 package is worth about $41, and contains dollar store items. I have not tried the prepared foods (other than the burritos, which were okay), and like I said, after trying the diabetic meals, I am afraid of this. The eggs are good, but small.
3) The fruits and vegetables: This is not a bad deal, except that the pineapple was rotten and started smelling like wine on the SECOND day after receiving it. Everything else was good.
4) Steak combo box: loaded with fat and really bad cuts of meat, BUT you really cannot find this low quality meat at the grocery and the nutrition is there —just cook it right and it can be fixed up.

October 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm
(315) Junkbox says:

Just checked out the website and calculated what the $31 box would cost in my local store and AFM is about $10 higher!!! Also, are you kidding me? Do people really eat this processed stuff? Looks like the worst school cafeteria mess your money can buy – How about going back to basics and giving your kids real food in its original form – no wonder 70% of us will be overweight by 2020

November 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm
(316) Dixie Burge says:

Come on, you people! Do you realize how spoiled and ungrateful you sound? You really have no room to complain about steak, hamburger, chicken, pork chops, potatoes, mixed vegetables, corn, carrots, peas, rice, pot roasts–and that’s all in one box! Try getting steaks in a dollar store. I’ve looked and I can’t find any! I live by myself, and the food in one box is more than I can eat for a month. Try worrying about where the money will come from to buy food at the grocery store, or choosing between eating and paying your utility bills. If you have ever been in this situation, you surely wouldn’t complain about the amount of fat on the meat, or the breaded chicken that you so casually throw in the trash. Instead of complaining like this, you should thank God that you have so much plenty that you can afford to be picky.

November 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm
(317) Stacy says:

The church should report rotten fruit to the head office in Georgia, who will replace the fruit with next month’s order. Trucking plays a part in the quality of fruit. Stores have rotten fruit too that gets tossed. The hispanic community orders the latin fruit box from AFM consistently and love it.

For items you do not like, ask the host site to keep a take one, leave one table. Someone might want what you don’t and vice versa.

When looking closely at prices, Wal-Mart is cheaper than Dollar-General, and you cannot find meat at the price you find it at AFM. No meat at all in this Dollar store.

Yes, AFM eats the food too. Churches can “test” the food before committing to being a host site. If it wasn’t quality food, they wouldn’t have become a host site.

The complaint about prices not going down. Grocery stores haven’t lowered their prices either.

Thank you for the comment about what the church does to get the food to the church to distribute. How about all the work the head office does to keep track of 500,000 orders every month all around the USA and getting the right orders to the right place on time?

A “fundraiser” for churches? The laborer is worthy of his hire. The little that comes in is to set off the cost of providing the program to the community or can be used to give free boxes at a later date. These people should be able to cover costs. This is their whole life being laid down for others to be able to eat. Greed is people wanting the best of everything free. If it isn’t free, it isn’t good enough.

This food gets donated all around the US by AFM. 10 employees at a grocery store make more than the 10 volunteers at a church during a distribution day of 4-5 hours, and that doesn’t include time receiving orders.

Most of these comments are 2 years or more old, and a lot of things have changed in AFM menus. Try a box and make your own choice w/o the influence of all these comments.

November 20, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(318) Barbara says:

Some people do nothing but complain, I believe that that is called looking a gift horse in the mouth. Not only that but “you do get what you pay for.”

November 22, 2010 at 8:27 pm
(319) Johnny Wallace says:

I purchased a fresh fruit and veggie box last month, and when I opened the box the entire top layer was covered in mold. The meat special that I purchased was tough as shoe leather. I’m sorry to say that I will not be ordering ever again from Angelfood Ministries.

November 25, 2010 at 2:18 am
(320) Budgeteer says:

Angel Food Ministries is a true bargain. I priced the $41 Bountiful Blessing box at $72 at Wal Mart. The steaks are MUCH improved ever since they have gone to a new vendor and now have 100% quality control in their warehouse. If you get bad or rotted food, they will always replace it.

November 28, 2010 at 10:54 am
(321) Feeling grateful says:

We have been buying AF for quite a while. We don’t buy the seafood boxes because we feel it’s a little pricey for what we’d get on our budget but the other boxes are a deal. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to buy the seafood boxes but just can’t.
We have never gotten bad meats, vegetables or fruits. If we had, we would have returned them to the Church. While some may be heavily processed, I am just grateful in these times to have food on the table. I have to say I’m shocked at some of the really nasty comments here. No, the meat is not top quality cuts but it’s not priced as such either! We have never received any ‘funky’ chicken or fatty, tough meats. When you don’t get the most expensive cuts of meat, you adapt to tenderize them, as many of us do. I am the ultimate bargain shopper and I can promise you that I can’t beat the prices and I’ve tried.
Some of these horrible comments might keep some people from purchasing AF boxes and they might be people who really need it. In this economy there are many families (including children) who are going without, yes actually going hungry. I think it’s a shame that people can be so downright hateful and YES… SPOILED. You never know when you might be hungry and you might be wishing you had AF. Never say never because there are many people out of work, hungry and homeless who never thought it would happen to them.

November 28, 2010 at 4:23 pm
(322) Arizona says:

So many ungrateful people that have made comments about AFM is very disappointing in these times. I have only recently ordered from AFM (October 10) and have nothing to complain about. The meat has been eqivelant to that purchased in the store and the way I cooked it, it melted in our mouths, but it’s cheaper. If you are used to dining in fancy restaraunts and having people bow to your whims, you will never be satisfied with the quality of food through any establishment that is set up to help the needy. All the negative comments are very ill willed toward a company that is set up to help. Please, if you have any problems with the food that AFM provides, feel free to go stand in line at the local food bank or in a soup line. AFM will replace any bad items, yet you didn’t even give them a chance or notify them before “it went straight in the trash”.

November 29, 2010 at 5:57 pm
(323) shanny says:

I dont see how these are saving money,Ikeep figureing the prices i would spend at aldi and save alot and its cheaper for me to drive there .

December 1, 2010 at 7:14 pm
(324) Midwest gal says:

I tried AFM last month and did not like the quality of the food. The chicken was more bone then chicken. The fish tasted chemically and I got sick after eating it. It bothers me that people who have had a negative experience are being accused of being spoiled and ungrateful. I expected to get what the program said it offered, good quality food at a good prices. The food in my box was not good quality. Perhaps the quality varies depending on where you live. I am not expecting fancy foods, just decent tasting. For me it wasn’t a good value. That doesn’t make me spoiled or ungrateful. It just means it isn’t’ the right program for me.

December 7, 2010 at 8:02 pm
(325) Pastor Dave Wilson says:

I tried AFM for the past 2 months and the quality of food has been extremly poor. The fruit and veggie box had 25-35 percent rotten produce. The ground beef that we received was full of fat and looked like a 60-40 blend. Our church is not going to use AFM anymore. We are looking for a food ministry that has quality.

December 11, 2010 at 5:42 pm
(326) Linda Slaughter says:

My husband and I used this for a couple of months when we were having to care for my 3 teenage grandchildren. (We have a retirement income) At first it seemed to be a pretty good deal, but the last couple of months we used it, the food was very poor quality. We tried the “fast and tasty” meals, but were not able to eat at least half of them. For $28 for 10 meals – $2.80 per meal, you can buy individual frozen brand name meals at Wal-mart for $2.00 or less. Steaks were nothing but gristle and much of what we ordered we were not able to eat. I guess the final straw was when I investigated and found out how much the founders of this “ministry” make per year. Look into it. This is not what I call a ministry. Just my humble opinion. I have done better shopping specials and stocking up on really good deals. :)

December 13, 2010 at 3:26 pm
(327) Donna says:

My experiance has been satisfactory. I’ve always found the fruit and vegetable box to be one of the best items. Everything has been fresh although the tangerines and some oranges have been hard to peel so I simply cut them in half and ran them through my electric juicer.

December 14, 2010 at 11:48 am
(328) wdd says:

I have been using AFM for over 2 years. I am a senior who is limited on what I can do, this has been a blessing to me. It is true there are somethings I don’t need but I can always find someone to share with who has less than I. This is a ministry and helps a lot of us who are not able to get out and go to the store. If you are unhappy with the service just drop out. If you can’t say something good don’t say anything. Thanks to the person who brings the food each month to my home, where I would love to stay until God calls me to my home to be with him.

December 27, 2010 at 11:32 am
(329) Gina says:

AFM has been a wonderful experience! It has really offset the cost of our monthly grocery bill. I am a mother of twin teenage boys (both are football players) and three daughters ages 14, 12 and 7 and they eat just as much as the boys. The meals offer a variety of foods that are fun and easy to prepare. My husband loves to cook and the meats have always meet our standards of quality. Not to say that AFM is perfect, but I have no complaints as of now.

January 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm
(330) FRED says:

I have participated in the AFM program and found it to be helpful. I have also recommended the program to many of my friends. AFM, thank you!

January 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm
(331) MIMOM says:

Our family used to get two basic boxes per month for $50. We found it helped stretch our family food budget. After a while, though, the price went up and the quality went down. Now there is no way we would order again. My husband found the food overprocessed and disgusting.
For people who can’t budget, I can see where this is a good deal, but for my family of 5, I buy meat at rock bottom prices and freeze it. I can buy this food for less than AFM charges by shopping sales, but I cannot buy it all in the same week. If you are unable to buy ahead or unwilling to bargain shop, AFM might really help your family.
Another reason why we quit buying is that the volunteers in our area were just strange. They watched everyone like a hawk and were very condescending. Didn’t seem to realize this is a coop, not a charity. When checking today (we’re trying to decrease our food budget again and thought maybe things had improved) I saw that the number of churches in our area who do AFM has gone from over 30 down to 12 in the past 2 years. There is a reason for this.

January 20, 2011 at 9:15 am
(332) Peggy says:

Angel Food has been a Godsend to us. It allows us to eat decently at an affordable price. We have no complaints other than pickup issues…. but that is minor. Much better than standing in the checkout line at Walmart or any of the local grocery stores. Sure helps stretch the way to small budget.

January 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm
(333) Charlotte says:

I had stopped using AFM because, as all the others have said, price went up and quality has gone down. I decided to try again this month because the menu claimed to have items my children love. Imagine my surprise when I found that not one or two but the majority of items I ordered had been substituted with items not even similar to what I ordered. I ordered the Bit-o-blessing box which usually has ready to cook meals(the only reason I buy) and that’s what I was supposed to get this month.
It was to contain: 3 lbs BirdsEye Steam Fresh Meals, Chicken Alfredo, Steak Fajita Strips, Fish Wedges, French Fries, 15 Bean Soup Mix, Frozen Corn and Fudge Brownie Mix
What I received was: 1 1b DARK Brown Rotten Hamburger Meat, 1 pack raw beef patties, 1 raw Whole Chicken, Frozen Carrots, 1 lb Red Beans, Fish Wedges, Fries and 2 cheap snack cakes. Nothing similar to anything I was supposed to get except the fish and fries.
I also ordered a box of NY Strip Steaks and received 4 lbs Beef Steaks instead. What a waste of money and so dishonest of AFM. I can accept substituting one or two items but to completely change the menu without letting you know. I’m requesting a refund and will file a charge back with my CC if not received. Never again!! Quality and Customer Care doesn’t exist with AFM anymore.

February 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm
(334) Shelia says:

I missed making my order for January. I live on a fixed income. Therefore groceries were scarce the last of the month. I wont miss this month. The quality and the quantity are well worth the money we spend. So keep up the good work Angel Food Ministries. Thank for all your effort.

February 20, 2011 at 12:31 am
(335) ruby ezell says:

we have bought angel food for over 5 years its really been a blessing for us and helped us allott i’m sorry so many have complained and had bad experiences with it, we never had. yes sometimes the meat might have grissel or be spicy,but you get that at the store too,enless you can afford the high priced meat.I guess it proves that you can’t make everyone happy.I am very thankful to this program because theres been allot of times it’s been a life saver to us so keep up the good work and thankyou.Also just because it’s ordered and picked up and a church shouldn’t be a problem for people our church doesn’t push going to church on anyone but everyone is invited and welcome,and besides it is angel food ministries what better a place to get it from. God bless

March 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm
(336) Carrie says:

I don’t know where the hate mail messages are getting their information from, but we here, in Bay City, MI have been getting AFM for 3 years now, and never once have we ever gotten grissley mean, or rotten fruit & veggies. We have always received great quality food. They also stand by what they sell you….once, we had ordered the grill box which didn’t come in. They replaced that with extra burgers (ground chuck…which is what they sell). The next month, they GAVE us an extra box of 15 New York Strip Steaks for our inconvenience AND a 15% discount on our next order. You tell me what grocery store is going to do that! And all the meat was delicious. If it weren’t for AFM, we wouldn’t get to eat pork chops, lasagna, steaks, etc. We would be living on spag. and hot dogs. Try it once. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it anymore. Oh, and we have a Aldi’s AND a Save-a-Lot, AND a Walmart, Kroger, and Meijer. AFM is a better buy than all of them.

March 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm
(337) Happy in Texas says:

I’m sorry but I don’t believe everyone who is saying so many horrible things about Angel Food.

Let’s face it, people do lie and being online for so many years I have learned one important lesson. People like to go on message boards and create problems posting bad things. We call them trolls.

We’ve been buying it a long time and I have shared the information with others online who have also bought it from all area’s of the USA and NONE of have ever experienced what is being said here.

Some of it is way over the top. Yes it is possible to get a bad piece of fruit occasionally but there is no way all these things are true. I can’t believe people would be so hateful and cruel and lie like that.

A word of advice, if you don’t like, don’t buy but stop posting such horrible lies here.

If you don’t like all the food for the price, fine! Go elsewhere but leave AFM alone.

I promise you that the food is good, as good as anything sold in the stores.

I always compare prices before placing my order, it’s just a little habit I have and last month on the boxes we bought we spent $61.00 which would have cost $115.00 in the stores with most of the items being bought on sale.

There are a lot of people who wouldn’t have food on the table if it weren’t for AFM. God Bless them!

March 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm
(338) Happy in Texas says:

P.S. Check your food before leaving the host site just in case you do get something bad like fruit or a veggie, it happens. They will either replace it or make it right.

March 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm
(339) Chef shapeweaver says:

Before getting on with my comments I have to agree with what some of the other posters have said,” Sometimes it’s a hit or a miss with some of the products in these boxes”.Now to tell you how I feel about AFM, I think this type of program helps out ” ANYONE ” who might be a bit down on their luck or maybe just trying to save some money where ever they can. If you look at the list of foods they have to offer,you can easily plan a menu around that.If you think you can’t come up with any recipes with what you have on hand,just go to http://www.supercooks.com and type in the items you have and you’ll be suprised by all the recipes that come up. So, just remember if you think that this food boxes aren’t up to your standards ” There are other people that wouldn’t turn down what’s in them”

March 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm
(340) Chef shapeweaver says:

Here’s the correct addy,
http://www.supercook.com/

March 20, 2011 at 11:50 am
(341) Kelly Wolf says:

We have been using Angel Food Ministries for 7-months and love it. Not only do we save money on the same groceries for our area, it helps keep us out of the grocery store where it is so easy to pick up one of this-and-that!
I also like that it has turned me into a more creative cook. We use everything we order and buy very little outside of Angel Food Ministries anymore.

March 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm
(342) Texas Nana says:

I can’t say enough good things about this program. I thank God every day that I discovered it. I am disabled and on a very low fixed income. Eating one meal a day which never included meat, fruit, milk, etc. was taking it’s toll on my health, and I was always hungry. When I discovered AFM and looked at their menu I could not believe I could get so much food for the price. A signature box and a fruit and vegetable box will feed me for 5-6 weeks. And I get foods I could never have afforded before. The food has all been good quality. Only once did I get a bad box of fruit and vege. and they replaced it right away. When a person has only $50 to $60 between them and starvation, you couldn’t ask for a bigger blessing than this program. And I know there are so many like me out there. Thank you Angel Food and God Bless everyone who works to make this program available to those who so desperately need it!

March 26, 2011 at 11:53 am
(343) brenda says:

this is the 2nd week the food delivery has been made and the people who order with food stamps and the elderly are being taken for their money. they now don’t only have no food they have no food stamps to buy any. you are stealing from them and the goverment.

March 26, 2011 at 11:59 am
(344) brenda says:

the prev commment was to say this is the 2nd week the order was delayed that means the folks who order are not going to get food they depend on this is unexceptable. these folks some live from order to order.

March 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm
(345) darline says:

I could not survive without AFM. Every time there is a problem, AFM makes up for it. When the food order was delayed I have been offered a box of emergency food to carry me till I get my food order. This more than makes up for the food delays, which are usually beyond our control. The food boxes save me more money than any coupons would at any grocery store. I thank God for the food, all the people that help with this program, and that they accept food stamps. Best thing that has happen to this community in a long time. I plan to stay with them as long as I can.

April 12, 2011 at 12:15 am
(346) Barnman says:

My wife and I have gotten angel food for about 2 years, and overall its been well worth it. For the most part, the food has been good. We have had some “not so good” items. The really good items have been numerus, and well worth the cost. If you are really picky about the quality of your food, or are chemical & preservative paranoid about food, then Angel food isn’t for you. My defenition of frugal living is called making due with what you have, and what you can afford.
What with the high cost of living what it is, this program gives us real help making our money go farther.

April 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm
(347) Richard says:

I’ve read a large number of the entries on this topic and have a number of requests for future entris if it’s not to much trouble. State what box you ordered and specifics of what items were wrong. State what region you live in as the cost effectiveness of any given item may be regional (pinapple will be cheaper in Hawaii than Maine). And please do remember in cases like the chiken nuggets being rubbery that how you prepare food has as much influence on the taste as what you are preparing. Finally please do remember that much of this network (at least to my knowlege) is based on local work and volunteering and so any issues you may have are not always going to even apply to another person. In general if there are problems the best way to deal with it is to give as much info about what the problem is and limit the level of unnecessary nonconstructive whining. There are people in the organization that want it to work and can only do so if they know what needs fixed

May 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm
(348) Deb says:

I have my first and last experience with AFM last year in North Mississippi. First, the day it was to be picked up, I was called and notified that the driver had some kind of “issue” and could not pick up the product. It was delayed a week. When the product was picked up the next week, the “fresh” foods were in the process of spoiling, and the “frozen” foods had obviously thawed and been refrozen. The qualify of the meats was disgusting. One was just a bag of chicken fat and skin with a few bites of meat. The other meats were so tough when cooked that they were inedible. I paid a lot of money for a few useable cans of food. Never again!

May 3, 2011 at 11:26 am
(349) Deb Sands says:

I have been using AFM for the past year. I have always received fresh produce, never any mold as stated in another post. While I am not crazy about meat soaked in a brine as some of their meats are, I just soak in water for a time to remove some salt. Never had fat or gristle either. It surely helps out since I lost my job.

May 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm
(350) Gina says:

I have been getting AFM on and off for about a year. I usually just buy one or two of the bountiful blessing boxes. dollar for dollar they are definitely the best deal. I have not been disapointed. My kids are not picky so we use up every bit of it. It always comes towards the end of the month when I really really need it.

May 23, 2011 at 6:02 pm
(351) Kim says:

I ordered this month for the first time from AFM and am beyond disappointed. I was missing some items, and other items were replaced with something completely unrelated to what was supposed to be there. I will certainly never order again, and I will make sure everyone I know knows about their practices. I wrote an email to them, and this was their response:
“I do apologize that you were disappointed. We do have a disclaimer at the bottom of our menu. It states ” Angel Food Ministries Reserves the Right to Substitute Any Items Due to Availability, Cost and Quality.”I apologize that you were disappointed we try to replace the items with items that are similar in value to the items listed on the menu. God Bless!”

May 24, 2011 at 1:28 am
(352) Angela says:

We have been using Angel Food Ministries every month for over 3 years. We are a family of five and we order every box every month. I love this ministry. They have helped our family keep food on our table at very affordable prices. The portions are perfect, and the meat and produce are better than what I have seen in our local grocery store. Times are getting harder these days with gas prices, food prices, and utility prices rising faster than we can afford to keep up with. We can always rely on AFM to keep us well-fed and healthy during these difficult economic times. I praise God for sending this ministry to us and we pray that he will continue to bless this ministry so that they may continue to help others in need. May God Bless You!

May 26, 2011 at 1:31 am
(353) smoke1439 says:

i used to get boxes from afm but after doing the math its alot cheaper to go to go grocery outlet

May 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm
(354) Christina says:

Well if they came out with a Kosher menu I might consider doing Angel Food Ministries. The city I live in is a very big Jewish area with several synagogues and a Chabad house. Its sad that AFM don’t reach out to the Jews in the community…they need help too.

May 28, 2011 at 11:38 am
(355) Cindi T. says:

I have tried AF off and on for the past couple of years. At times, it seemed like the quality was going downhill, and I could get similar items at the dollar store. However, I came back again this year, due to restrictions on my food budget, and I have been very happy with the quantity, the quality, and the many choices they are providing. I also participate in another food program called Treasure Box, which allows me to pick and choose from month to month.

I like to cook, but I also like to have the option to make something quick out of the freezer, and AF allows me both.

Probably the best money saving advantage is all the money I save NOT browsing the grocery store aisles and buying unexpected, un-needed items.

June 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm
(356) Renai says:

We’ve used AFM off and on for the past couple of years (before the church stopped the ministry). I always had good quality food. We decided on whether or not to purchase the regular box based on how many processed foods were in it. I have high blood pressure, and processed foods are very high in sodium. I have to limit intake. At one time, for the 1st couple of weeks after the birth of second daughter, I did get the senior ready-made meals and just controlled my sodium intake the rest of the day.

I liked the produce box, my daughter liked the just for kids fruit & veggie box (the just for kids afterschool box is just full of processed foods so we never got it). Also, on months we didn’t get the regular box, I sometimes would get a fresh meat or seafood box(es). No problems with the meat or fish being thawed or off-tasting. Once, in my daughter’s veggie box, the celery had thawed and gone bad.

Overall, it was a good experience, and helpful because they accept food stamps.

June 10, 2011 at 3:10 pm
(357) Vickey Batschelett says:

I used to order from Angel Food Ministries. There are two problems. Firstly before the problem….I felt it was a win win situation. Most of the food is o.k., just o.k., and you are helping a worthwhile cause to the best of my knowledge. However, the first problem was some of the foods were not good, not a picky eater but I am a good cook and some items were of very poor quality so it was just a waste of money. I ordered three times and the last time there were some hamburger patties I received that smelled awful while cooking. One bite and we could not eat them. They were so bad the dog would not eat them and Rocky will eat anything.
The second problem is that once they get your phone number, they will not stop calling. It is not a lot but if you have told them to take you off the call list that just never happens. I have received two calls the last two weeks alone…not a lot but I told them to quit two years ago! So I am sorry, but they have some issues and I would not recommend. Just make a $20 donation to the church…it is cheaper in the long run.

June 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm
(358) Melody says:

I agree about most of the breaded chicken and the convenience meals are nasty, but other than that i find them an excellent deal. Always good to stock up your freezer and when you live paycheck to paycheck you know how to make a meal out of anything.

June 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm
(359) SuzAnneS says:

We use AFM every month– I buy the boxes each pay period so the food is for a whole month-The meats are wonderful the fruit is fresh and veg’s ar easily separated/ frozen for future meals… I dont get the breaded chicken as a staple, but when I do get it an use it as a snack for game days. Frankly I have also sent AFM vouchers ( I ordered online for family/friends) IN diff states and they got the same great meals. I also order the already made meals for my inlaws they love them. Myb best friend who has breast cancer and cant cook she loves that she can just have the “just for me Pkg” for littler boy and the other boxes make it easy to create meals and only go to the store for basics, milk, eggs bread. So it works well and I actually spend a lot less then if I went to a market ANY market.

June 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm
(360) Brenda says:

I have bought food from them in the past its okay.But here in Ca. we have a foof coop called Treasure Box that is cheaper and better quality all boxes are $32.00 and better quality them Angel food. So if youin Ca/Neveda or Arizonia you can order from the Treasure box/ Highly recommed if you want to save on food bill.

June 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm
(361) Julie says:

I heard about AFM from 2 credit counseling agencies I had to call because I am up to my eyeballs in debt. They said I had to spend less on food cause that’s the only place I could cut. I live in New York City and even the Pathmark bones me. There is no Aldi’s here. I’d spend $150 a week and the fridge would be bare by the end of the week, and believe me, it’s not because I am an extravagant shopper. My husband lives on cheese, pasta and potatoes, and we buy very little meat for my two teens. I only buy frozen foods if they are on sale. But living in NYC means you pay more than in other parts of the country. Anyway, this was my first week of AFM, and the food was great. $45 for all this food is a miracle. I don’t have to buy food to bring for lunch at work because the AFM leftovers work very well. I can’t believe how picky these posters are. If it was between starving and AFM, what would you choose? I wouldn’t trust dollar store food because maybe it is manufactured overseas and god knows what chemicals they put into it? Remember the melamine? No way I’m doing better at any supermarket here in NYC than AFM.

July 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm
(362) penny says:

ive used angel food several times and each time very disapointed , the only two times i ordered the produce box it diidnt come in had to wait till next month , then some of it was bad, then some of the meat was fatty and grizzly , some ground meat was spoiled had to throw out, some was salty , and i started using coupons and shopping at aldis and sales and get better deals at these places , example sale =+ couupon got 6 boxes of ceareal at 50 cent6s a box , polish sausage 50 cents , lunchable free , pringles free . yougurt free , would rather spend two dollars on paper a week and shop this way , and it seems like there quality goes down and i contacted the angel food company never got a response , would rather live off dried beans . oats , casseroles , pasta and cheap bread then to buy this crap again ,

July 22, 2011 at 9:53 am
(363) merrel hughes says:

I ordered for four months from angelfood and then perso in benson stopped being a host sitel The food is excelent I havemissed it so much I am going to drive all the wayto Vail to pick up my food. I am in wheel char and have just had another stroke, the convenience for me is great. As far as it not being healthy food,, I dont know where anyone gets that the vegetables esp frozen ones are wonderful the box of fruits and vegies have always been fresh. The meat portions are the size we should eat, not size we just desire.

July 31, 2011 at 11:16 pm
(364) Mickey B says:

I will not get any food from Angel Food again. I just opened a bag of Chicken Breast Nujgget Fritters and then read the ingredients. There is NO chicken at all. None. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Not even any chicken flavor, natural or artificial. I refused to eat it. I gave every piece to my dogs only to see them look up at me as if asking what is this. That was three hours ago and the “Fritters” are still on the ground.
That is really bad when dogs won’t eat them. This is not anything of “angel” and not anything of “devil” even.
For an organization that supposes to be doing Christians a favor, all they are doing is filling their pockets. Kick out the money changer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 10, 2011 at 10:31 am
(365) Evalene says:

I have been using angel food ministries for 2 years and I have never been disatisfied..i am very Happy with it as I am on a low income….its a blessing to me!

August 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm
(366) Carol says:

I get AFM about every 3 months. I’m semi-retired. I enjoy getting a variety of foods. Unlike a lot of comments that the meats are not good – well I’ve had very few problems. The senior menu is the only program I will not use again. I’m from the old school and donot like the prepared items. I either give my adult children what I donot like or give to someone who appreciate what I don’t like.
My biggest concern is only 1 to 2 hours of pickup. Needs to be at least 2 different times for convenience. I live alone and have no one close to pick up if i am scheduled to work.
And one comment, said it is a fund raiser for the church, well I have been told that is not the case, they get very little for their service. keep up the good work.

August 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm
(367) Maggie says:

We have been buying it for about a year. It saves us money and I think it is a great value. We have enjoyed all of the food and haven’t hit a bad item yet!

August 28, 2011 at 9:34 am
(368) Pastor Thad says:

*My wife is a stay-at-home mom because diabetes has forced her from her job. We lost half our income. Our Disability Claim has been denied and we are appealing. My wife plays the Coupon Game and read a book called Miserly Moms after I heard about it on a Christian Radio Station. We save on average 84% on our grocery bill every week from when we were both working. We eat VERY WELL, and still buy NAME BRAND foods and quality meats.
But moreso, we have a heart for those in our community who are a LOT less fortunate than us, and there are many.
Please keep Angel Food OUT of YOUR mouth, and put it into the mouth of someone who NEEDS it, or into the mouth of your enemy as a gift. Then, maybe, there will be FORGIVENESS?

August 28, 2011 at 7:01 pm
(369) LSS says:

We have been ordering food from Angel food off and on , mostly on, for over two years. I have had very few issues with the food. Although my sister who lives in California has stopped buying it because of the quality of the meat. It sometimes comes brown or turns brown quickly. I put all my meat in ziploc bags and date them right when I get it home. I only wish I’d known about it when are kids are younger. It feels like Christmas to open the boxes. Our last child is still in college. She lives close by. We share with her and she sometimes eats with us or has our leftovers. The food is great. If nothing else, what you fix is decided for you. You don’t have to go to the store as often. I did buy the produce box twice in the summer and very little of it wasn’t bad. Overall, for the money it is GREAT and has save money, time and gas for us. Thank you Angel Food and God for this product.

September 2, 2011 at 1:14 am
(370) Chris says:

My wife loves the Angel Food steaks and items from the Allergy Free box. Hopefully, they’ll make the new version without all the breading.

Overall, we think it’s a good deal and the quality of the food has improved over the last few years.

September 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm
(371) Helen R. Jennings says:

Dear Sir/Madam; Right before the onset of hurricaine Irene, I reeceived a call at my home informing me the food would be giveing out the following week. II inform this person of my situation and they in turn told me that they needed to speak with the pastor of this great organization. I waited all week and never heard from anyone. I even called the pickup site, no one ever returned my call, in regards to this. I then call the main numbers, spoke with the pastor and was informed that the food would be give-out from 10-11:30 a.m. I finally got someone to carry me in. I arrive at 11:15 a.m., but the site was closed. 1st on previous order I did not received two major food items. This time I was unable to get anything.

September 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm
(372) Rob says:

I think they have went out of business.???

September 8, 2011 at 9:51 am
(373) Texas says:

AFM has shut down. They will be missed by many who were able to buy affordable foods.

September 8, 2011 at 11:47 am
(374) Lauri says:

We’ve been ordering Angelfood for years – and the quality has always been good (sometimes even great). The value is key for us – we’re on a tight budget and the boxes can feed my husband and I for the whole month. I hope they’re back soon – they’ve saved us so much!!!

September 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm
(375) What a shame says:

Mickey B, that is not true. I happen to know for a fact where the chicken nuggets and fritters come from and they are chicken. I hate when people lie about things.

September 10, 2011 at 10:40 pm
(376) Jeanne in SW FL says:

Our Family has relied on AFM for the past couple of years. This year it has been more important than ever to us as my husband was in a serious accident this January and has had no income this year, no workers comp & no unemployment. We have been living on what little the local food pantry will give you IF you are lucky enough to be one of the first 30 people that day. My mother was purchasing us one large boxes each month to help us out. Yes, we noticed the variety decline but the only disappointment we ever had was with our August box this year. The fish was full of bones and the scales and fins were still attached and our kids wouldn’t eat it but I did get great veggies, quality pork chops and the after school box is a HUGE help so I could be reassured my sons were not just eating chips but eating something with nutritional value.
I pray that AFM can get past their legal issues and get back into the business of helping those of us that have relied on those few boxes full of balanced nutrition at a great price every month.
I know here in Lee County the different churches would join together to place their orders as one to ensure they could order enough to make it worthwhile for AFM and the people who need the food. I know it will mean less food in our home. To those who claim they stopped ordering because they had to wait, all I can say is that for many of us, the savings and quality has always been worth the wait and with such a tight budget I was still able to set aside a certain amount for those Bountiful Blessing Boxes. We cannot just live for the “now” if we can get a great deal for good food that we might have to wait a week or two to get.

September 15, 2011 at 9:31 am
(377) Kimberly says:

Our family has been using Angel food for over a year now and we find that the quality has went down hill. The produce is on its way out or gone when you get it. We have had meat that is frozen after turning brown, freezer burnt meat and veggie. Low quality products, torn and open bags of fish & veggies. We have decided to stop getting angel food because of this. We sent in an email of complaint on the quality, but got no response. I am going to try to use coupons and shop sales and see if I can get better quality food that we like for a low cost comparable to Angel Food prices. I was throwing out about a third of the item purchased from Angel Food.

September 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm
(378) Gary Hatton says:

For nearly two years I helped my church with the Angelfood program and nearly everyone involved has drifted away.
I would call most of the food “second rate” at best, and the savings for the consumer were mininal!
The delivered food was subsidized by the church members time, gasoline, and work!
And, we did not recruit one new member through the whole program!

September 24, 2011 at 11:30 am
(379) What a shame says:

Regardless of all the legal issues, AFM did help offer food to families much cheaper than they could buy at their local stores. NOT everyone in the USA has the same store many of you have and prices DO VARY across this country.

There are people really hurting, struggling and since AFM has closed many will be back to mac and cheese and beans and rice!

To all those who hated this program….AFM has closed and there were thousands who depended on them and actually LOVED the food you put down.

So….when you sit down tonight with your family to eat dinner and thank God for that meal…pray for ALL the people hurt by the closing of this program!

By the way, we also bought from AFM and NEVER once did we get bad food. I have NO reason to lie about it either and I am not associated with AFM in any way. I never could understand why people came here to put them down so much, if you didn’t like it, just MOVE on.

September 29, 2011 at 10:56 am
(380) Corinne G. Wasser says:

NEVER, EVER, EVER use Angel Food Ministries. It’s a scam. I’d ordered groceries for the month of September 2011, and subsequently found out that delivery for the month was cancelled. [BTW, I didn't receive an e-mail directly from them about this, but found out from someone else.] Long story short, they ripped me off. My local representative, Chlottie Fields [859-421-3039] hasn’t returned a single one of my numerous phone calls about a refund of my payment. The Angel Food Ministries people themselves have failed to respond to either my e-mail inquiries or my phone calls. In short, THIS IS A BIG SCAM. This bogus outfit has ripped me off, and they will do so to other people as well. I’m thinking about filing suit against them.

November 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm
(381) Darlene says:

I used AFM every month. I even bought it for my family. It saved me a lot on my grocery bill. I was very disappointed when they stopped selling their food.

November 29, 2011 at 9:39 am
(382) The Fact is says:

Corinne G. Wasser, it was NOT a scam. They had to stop selling their food and they refunded all the money from Sept. Their website explained it all.

Sadly there are millions of families struggling that needed AFM to help feed their families. There is NOT another program that reaches all those people.

March 11, 2012 at 12:36 am
(383) Barbara says:

A few years ago I was in a dire financial situation with no money and no income. I was approved for foodstamps which helped a little, and I learned about AFM which accepted the foodstamp/IBT card. AFM was my only salvation for surviving, and I had to do considerable research to learn what other sources of assistance might be out there to help me get through the very difficult time. Now, I’m writing a book to share the information in an effort to help others who may be in a similar situation, as many people are currently struggling in the bad economy. I have been grateful for the assistance of AFM, and I have been planning to promote AFM in my book, my website and blog. I just discovered the fate of AFM and am very saddened. They were a God send in bad times, and they will be sorely missed by all who knew their good works.

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