Many of you have asked if the Angel Food Ministries program is a good way to save money on groceries. With grocery prices on the rise everyone is looking for ways to cut back and Angel Food Ministries is a nonprofit program that provides a box of food for a set price each month.
If you go to the Angel Food Ministries website you can see the menu for the month and choose a box size. You can even order online. (The current menu is unavailable, check back soon for July’s menu)
Here’s a sample menu taken from the website:
- 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
Here’s my opinion. In some parts of the country this is a good deal, but the only way you will know for sure is if you have a price book and compare the prices with your local store.
After comparing this month’s menu with my local commissary prices (I had to guess on a few because I don’t buy them) it would be cheaper for me to buy the same food at the commissary. But compared to my local Publix, the Angel Food Ministries box is cheaper.
The other thing to consider is if you will eat the food provided for the month. If you aren’t going to prepare the vegetables, or don’t like the meat then it isn’t a good deal to buy food you won’t eat.
June’s food box contains 16 pounds of meat for a family of four. If I’m looking to cut back on the grocery bill one of the first things I do is cut out the meat and replace with beans. If your family eats a lot of meat then the food box might be worth it for you.
Angel Food Ministries help a lot of people every month. Most military bases participate in the program through the Fleet and Family Service Center. There are no qualifications, minimums, income restrictions, or applications to participate in the program.
While it is a good program, it might not save you money. Check your price book and compare before you buy.