Basically it's the power of bulk buying.
Once a month, folks can sign up to buy enough food to feed a family of four for about a week... for $30. You can order as many packages as you want, plus they offer additional special meat only and produce only packages if you want more of that stuff than comes in the regular package, costs for those range from $15 -$25.
Today was distribution day at our church. Last week at Gospel in the Park the woman who heads up the Angelfood program for PUMC told me to come today and that the church had a box for us. So we went, and BOY did we have fun.
Sam helped unload all of the bulk food from a pickup truck, while I helped inside by checking off items on a list to get stuff organized. Then everybody went around filling up boxes with the stuff and stopping by my chair while I dropped a magazine and flyer for the Angelfood program into each box. It was fun and cheerful and a good time.
Then Sam and I came home with a lovely box o' stuff. In August, we intend to buy 3 or 4 boxes, because it's a fantastic way to feed a large family cheaply. We'll still need to do some grocery store stuff, but this will take care of MOST of our family's needs for a month.
Angelfood's official website is http://www.angelfoodministries.com and you can find out if there's a program near you. For example, there are two host sites in Riverside, CA, where a good friend of mine who is often as broke as we are (starving students for the WIN!) lives.
You don't have to be a member of a church, or meet any income requirements, you just need to want to save some money on your grocery bill each month. There's no religion handed to you with your box, except a short sermon inside the magazine that they pop into each box, and nobody has to even look at the magazine, except maybe the back of it, which tells the next month's menu.
This month's menu was:
Well, hell, they've taken it down already, and I've put it all away, but SOME of it was:
A 1.5 pound pork roast, a precooked 2 lb meatloaf, a precooked 1.5 lb chicken pot roast, 5 pounds of chicken nuggets, dozen eggs, quart of shelf stable milk, all beef hot dogs, 2 lbs of beef ribs, pasta, pasta sauce, half gallon of hawaiian punch, um um um I can't remember anything else. Definitely though, I would pay more than $30 at the grocery store for it all.
Next month's menu is posted, though:
Ribeye Steaks (4 x 6 oz.)
Chicken Leg Quarters - 5 lbs
Chicken Breast Nuggets - 28 oz
Salisbury Steak Dinner Entrée - 28 oz
Breaded Chicken Breast Filets - 2 lbs
Smoked Sausage - 1 lb
California Blend Frozen Vegetables - 1 lb
Frozen Carrots - 1 lb
Frozen Chopped Spinach - 16 oz
Frozen Waffles - 10 count
Bean Soup Mix - 1 lb
Rice - 1 lb
Instant Potatoes (14 servings)
Sliced Peaches - 15 oz
Borden Shelf Stable Milk - 32 oz
One Dozen Eggs
One Dessert Item
If Angelfood isn't operating in your area, another group to look at which does very similar stuff is S.H.A.R.E., which I used to use years ago in California. To locate a SHARE program near you, try this link:
or this one, near the page bottom: