Pleasant Grove UMC joins Angel Food effort

8/5/2008

Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in the Brookhaven District recently joined other churches in the area in serving the community through Angel Food Ministries.

 “Pleasant Grove is really excited about starting this new ministry. This is really going to benefit our church as well as our community,” said Connie Ard of Pleasant Grove.

Started about 10 years ago in Georgia, the ministry provides boxes of food to families. The food is purchased from suppliers at substantial volumes to allow families to get a discount. The ministry provides families with approximately $65 worth of quality food for just $30. The food is “restaurant grade” meat, frozen vegetables, fruits, dairy products, etc. The products are never seconds or day-old products.

The menu changes each month to give the families a different variety of foods. An example of what one might receive in a $30 box includes:

• 40 ounce crock-pot dinner (meat included)
• 1½ pounds boneless pork filet
• 5 pounds of breaded chicken chunks
• 1½ pounds of  beef ribs
• 28 ounces of meatloaf and gravy
• 1 pound of beef fajitas
• 1 pound of cooked meatballs
• 1 pound of  all meat hot dogs
• 1 pound each of  broccoli  and peas and carrots
• 28 ounces pasta sauce
• 1 pound pasta
• 32 ounces of 2 percent reduced-fat, shelf-stable milk
• 32 ounces of  punch
• 12 corn tortillas
• 7 ounces blueberry muffin mix
• One dozen eggs
• One dessert item.

Angel Food Ministries serves in 35 states and feeds more than 500,000 families.

Other churches near Brookhaven that participate in the ministry are Vision Community Church of Brookhaven, Pearl Valley Baptist Church of Wesson and First Church of the Nazarene in Brookhaven.

The ministry serves 160-165 families per month.

Those interested in the program  contact host site directors Darlene Morgan (in the Brookhaven area) at 601-833-1875, Gloria Billiot (Wesson and Copiah County area) at 601-894-4614 or Ard (East Lincoln and Monticello area) at 601-587-7274.