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gigi1313
05-24-2010, 07:54 PM
is anyone familiar with angel food ministries? we got our first order this weekend and i heartily endorse it for good quality, nice variety, inexpensive food!!

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cm8
05-25-2010, 12:09 AM
is anyone familiar with angel food ministries? we got our first order this weekend and i heartily endorse it for good quality, nice variety, inexpensive food!!

:wizard:

Yes, Our church participates and the one we have ROCK!:woohoo:

*pixie*dust*
05-25-2010, 08:29 AM
I think it varies regionally. I was disappointed when I tried it. Pre-made, high sodium, low quality. Glad you had a good experience.

DoraDoug
05-25-2010, 08:34 AM
Yes! I have been helping with the AFM program at my church for almost a year now and I love it. Did you know they have coupon codes each month? The codes for June 2010 are "PORKFREE10" which is good for $3 off the signature box and "GRILL10" which is good for $1.90 off Special #3 (flavored hamburgers). The codes are supposed to expire on June 20th. Hopefully someone here can use them.
If you are on facebook and look at their fan page, they will usually post the discount codes there each month. The discounts codes can only be used when placing online orders.

Cheryllynn74
05-25-2010, 09:33 AM
If you live in Florida, try the SHARE Florida food network. Similar to Angel Food, they have host sites throughout the state of FL and will soon have online ordering.

Xian
05-25-2010, 09:43 AM
When I first heard about Angel Food, I thought it was a fantastic idea...a true "win-win" idea.

Then a few months ago I read a news story that unfortunately changed my mind (not about the idea...about the "administrators"). I was upset about the greed involved and have been thinking about how to start a similar idea but keeping more to the ideals I was originally attracted to.

You can decide for yourself...simply Google "Angel Food Ministries FBI" and you will see what I mean.

Cheryllynn74
05-25-2010, 10:22 AM
When I first heard about Angel Food, I thought it was a fantastic idea...a true "win-win" idea.

Then a few months ago I read a news story that unfortunately changed my mind (not about the idea...about the "administrators"). I was upset about the greed involved and have been thinking about how to start a similar idea but keeping more to the ideals I was originally attracted to.

You can decide for yourself...simply Google "Angel Food Ministries FBI" and you will see what I mean.

Yes, I read about that too. The place I mentioned above, SHARE, is a non-profit. Used to be a part of a program called World SHARE but now they all operate independently. I know a few other states besides Florida operate a SHARE program too but not sure which ones.

DawnM
05-25-2010, 10:27 AM
We have used it in the past. We too were not thrilled with the overly processed food and grissly meats.

We have stopped using it.

Dawn

patsal
05-25-2010, 10:38 AM
We volunteer to pack out the boxes. We go monthly and all the food is a good qulity and the add on fresh fruit and veggie packs make them a good deal for many. For myself, I can do better with sales and couponing, but for those that lack the time to do that, the transportation to that, etc, it is a very good deal and a nice variety of mostly healthy foods.

plummer925
05-25-2010, 11:53 AM
I think it varies regionally. I was disappointed when I tried it. Pre-made, high sodium, low quality. Glad you had a good experience.

I agree with you - I've tried it twice. LOW grade foods, TONS of processed junk and very little "nutrition".

When you are considering Angel Food, take a SERIOUS look at the menu - add up what you would pay for the items - NOT WHAT THEY WOULD COST - to see if it's worth it for you.

Sure - a $30 box might cost $45 here in my area, but if I'm only going to use 1/2 of it, it's not worth it. When I say "use", I mean it's stuff that I would be buying anyway. I don't buy frozen veggies, as I don't like them.

The fruit/veggie boxes are very overpriced compared to what I can get on sale.

If I ate a bunch of processed food, then yes, it might be worth it, but honestly, even the "good" processed foods (meaning failsafe ones that most people like) are gross. The chicken nuggets last month were terrible, as were the french fries. I had to throw them out.

Waste of money for our family.

My advice - take a good hard look at what they are offering and jot down on a piece of paper what you'd be willing to pay for each item (when I do it, I try to keep it in .25 increments for easy adding) then add it up - is it over $30 by a lot? Then it's worth it for you. Is it close to $30 or under? If so, my advice would be to pass. BUT...do remember that the QUALITY of the food is not the same as in a grocery store - the steaks last month were terrible. We ate one and will be cutting the others up for stew beef because they were that bad!!

EcbLovesMickey
05-25-2010, 02:44 PM
When I first heard about Angel Food, I thought it was a fantastic idea...a true "win-win" idea.

Then a few months ago I read a news story that unfortunately changed my mind (not about the idea...about the "administrators"). I was upset about the greed involved and have been thinking about how to start a similar idea but keeping more to the ideals I was originally attracted to.

You can decide for yourself...simply Google "Angel Food Ministries FBI" and you will see what I mean.

They have been cleared of all charges. I live locally to thier headquarters and it was BIG news when it first hit.

scard192
05-25-2010, 03:44 PM
We purchased AFM boxes for about 6 months. The quality really went down hill as PP's have indicated. Too much was just inedible.

amez
05-25-2010, 03:58 PM
has anyone used greatfoodforall.com ? Our church does this program, but I've not tried it-i was never impressed with Angel food-so i just hesitate to try again

lisam427
05-25-2010, 05:22 PM
ive used angelfood ministries for over a year now. honestly i have cut my grocery bill in half thanks to them. i highly recommend them.

patsal
05-25-2010, 05:33 PM
The stuff I pack out is not much in the way of processed. There were steaks, 90% lean hamburger, chicken leg quarters, ham steaks, dried pasta, jar of pasta sauce, can of baked beans, eggs, milk, cherry pie, onions, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, green beans, one on-cor frozen family style thing (yes, I know that is processed!). I know i am forgetting things but you get the gist.

Now the sr. convienience pack, kids after school pack (not the fresh fruit and veggie one), and some side dish items are prepackaged, high sodium and not so good for you items.

The fresh fruits and veggie add ons are nice and there is a kids fresh fruit and veggie pack as well. As others have said there are seafood add on packs as well as seasonal meats.

We go one Saturday per month and pack the boxes for the local small churches to come pick up to distribute to their congregation, and a few people stop in from the neighborhood to pick up as well.

Tarheel Tink
05-25-2010, 06:10 PM
We have been very pleased with what we chose to order. :)

gigi1313
05-25-2010, 10:13 PM
thanks all for the feedback... we had our first order and were very pleased... the steaks were top notch, chicken sausage so lean and well flavored, tonight's marinated chicken breasts were excellent... we even liked the lasagne (which i did not expect to like as i don't typically care for it)...

i priced out the siganture box thru peapod.com (where i normally get my groceries) and the $30 box thru afm was nearly $65 thru peapod... that's a huge savings for us...

on the june menu there is a grill box (i think) w/2lbs of ribeye steaks, 2 lbs of pork chops and 1.5 lbs of turkey medallions wrapped in bacon for $23... here, the ribeyes are $10.99/lb... so those alone (after the coupon) pay for the box so basically, the pork chops and turkey are "free!"

the only frozen veggies i've tried thusfar was the zucchini and it was outstanding... i sauteed it in a little olive oil, added some onion (from afm), some peppers (farmstand) and tomatoes (afm) and it made a great side dish w/the chicken... we were very pleased :)

granted it's not all what i would choose when shopping, but we are liking trying new things and getting new variety... and that's not a bad thing! :)

MamaOdie
05-25-2010, 11:34 PM
I've tried AFM a few times. I'm not a big fan of the signature box because it is often very fatty, fried food but we usually pick up some of the Signature steak and meat boxes. The steak is some of the most tender I've ever gotten.

Carl Fredricksen
05-25-2010, 11:51 PM
has anyone used greatfoodforall.com ? Our church does this program, but I've not tried it-i was never impressed with Angel food-so i just hesitate to try again

We have bought both Angel Food and Great Food, and I thought the GF food was much better. We bought AF for a couple of years, but the quality seemed to steadily decline so we stopped. But the Great Food boxes are about the same quality as what we got from Angel Food when we first started, and the same price as the AF boxes. If I had to choose, GF would be my choice hands down.

disneymarie
05-26-2010, 02:44 AM
Yes! I have been helping with the AFM program at my church for almost a year now and I love it. Did you know they have coupon codes each month? The codes for June 2010 are "PORKFREE10" which is good for $3 off the signature box and "GRILL10" which is good for $1.90 off Special #3 (flavored hamburgers). The codes are supposed to expire on June 20th. Hopefully someone here can use them.
If you are on facebook and look at their fan page, they will usually post the discount codes there each month. The discounts codes can only be used when placing online orders.

Thanks for the codes I have using Angel Foods and love the varity and quality for our area. Along with Aldies and Stocking meats from SAM's, our food cost has gone down 60%. It keeps us out of the store for extra's we picked up.

I use a google search for angel food codes and have new online order ones each month. I did not look for June yet. :surfweb:

Now a low cost summer drink in bulk would help. One year did Ice Tea powder, soda on sale, koolaid mixes, I hate the sugar content. Last year we made solar tea, added razberry flavor from SAM'S Club and fridge it. Fresh lemone aid, but cost and work.....
Always have water cold.

I do buy the fruit pouches for the kids on sale, but they go through 2 at a time.

Glad that more people are finding budget home help ideas.

CBWray8892
05-27-2010, 11:24 AM
I have been using Angel Food Ministries for over a year.

I can only speak good things about them! In the past 6-7 months the quality has only improved! Like most families today, trying to stay healthy is very important, and AFM notices that. They not only have a fruit and veggie boxes, and offer more fresh fruit and veggies in the $30.00 box BUT they are also offering a Kid friendly fruit and veggie box.

I understand that money is an issue with everyone, but I would recommend anyone and everyone to purchase and at least try a box. I really think you will appreciate everything you receive for the money you spend.

:littleangel:

mmouse1239
05-27-2010, 12:38 PM
I haven't tried it, but my mother, who is retired and on a fixed income, did. She ate very little of it. She said it was "awful". We're not gourmet eaters, but I'll eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before I eat the things that she described to me. Glad some of you had better experiences. Maybe it has to do with your location??

Pigeon
05-27-2010, 01:07 PM
We tried it a couple of times. It was awful. It was full of very heavily processed stuff.

brenl
07-12-2010, 07:30 PM
I have been doing Angel Food for a while. We love it. It gives us a chance to have steaks that normally I can't afford to buy. I would suggest to try Angel Food. The neat has been ideal. Thirty dollars the meat is worth that alone.