Sorry to disappoint you, but this is actually a serious informational blog, nothing at all to do with Bruce Campbell, skeletal armies, or books bound in human flesh. Though you can always hope. No, instead I just wanted to inform my friends and readers about something my grandmother introduced me to. She’s a sharp lady. Seriously. She can still hurt me, and takes pleasure in doing it when possible. So I have to credit her with showing me this, because I value my life. A little.
There’s a group called the Angel Food Ministries, a non-denominational group that operates in 35 states, helping to bring lower cost foods to communities once a month. And let me tell you, for $30, you get quite a bit of food (I just spent $70 today for two people for one week at the grocery store, by comparison ). Plus they always have special add on boxes for $18-$20 more that have all kinds of steaks or chicken or stuff. I can’t find on their site where the money goes, but I’m sure beyond paying for the operating costs, it probably goes to some Random Good Cause™. At least we can hope. I’ll ask the nice person at the church here if they know.
Their web site offers up the following sample menu for a random month. Keep in mind that the menu changes every month, and this is not an actual one:
- 4 lb. IQF Leg Quarters
- 4 oz. Beef Back Ribs
- 1 lb. 80/20 Lean Ground Beef
- 2 lb. Breaded Chicken Tenders
- 1.5 lb. Bone in Pork Chops (4 x 6oz.)
- 1 lb. Ground Turkey
- 18 oz. Stuffed Manicotti (Cheese)
- 12 oz. Smoked Sausage
- Betty Crocker Seasoned Potatoes
- 7 oz. Cheeseburger Dinner
- 16 oz. Green Beans
- 16 oz. Baby Carrots
- 2 lb. Onions
- 1 lb. Pinto Beans
- 1 lb. Rice
- 7 oz. Blueberry Muffin Mix
- 10 ct. Homestyle Waffles
- Dessert Item
If you want to see for yourself, go look at February’s menu. Sirloin strip steaks, chicken breasts, ribs, produce, not to mention the special boxes with New York strips, prime rib, or tons of chicken. You go to whatever church is serving your area (there’s a locater on their web site), place your order, come back later that month, and pick it up. It’s terribly simple. For Pittsburg, there are three churches doing it, of them, only Trinity Baptist Church is online. They do keep their menus and ordering forms current though.
You should probably prepare for a bit of a wait, as the service is getting popular, and there will generally be lines. You can see a sample image to the left of what one of the boxes looks like. Actually, I think you end up with like a couple boxes, or a box and a bag or something. Also be prepared to make a lot of room in your freezer. But, if you’re anything like me, this is a crazy good deal, because I don’t cook a ton right now, so that’s easily 2-3 weeks worth of groceries for me, and I never buy that much fresh meat (now, spoiled and bad meat is another story…) to just have on hand.
So there you go, consider yourself informed.