Leader Blues

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

NEIGHBORS >> Angels in Arkansas

By SARA GREENE
Leader staff writer

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church ministry serves community with low prices.

For the past year, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church on Hwy. 89 six miles south of Cabot has been helping hungry families stretch their food dollar further with Angel Food Ministries.

Each month, people can order a unit, or box of food for $25. The groceries inside retail at local grocery stores for $50 to $75.

“Because of the Angel Food Ministry, I’ve been able to save a lot of money on my grocery bill for my family. This month’s box and one special will give me more than 10 meals for less than $50,” said Nina Burgan of Lonoke.

There is no application to fill out as well as no limit to the number of $25 boxes or monthly specials people can order.
Angel Food Ministries participates in the food stamp program using the off-line food stamp voucher system. People get the date and time to pick up the food when placing and paying for the order at the first part of each month.

This month each $25 box contains:

• five pounds of chicken leg quarters;
• four bacon wrapped beef filets;
• three pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts;
• two pounds of boneless pork roast;
• two pound of french fries;
• two pounds of onions;
• one pound of buffalo chicken bites;
• 16 ounces of peas and carrots;
• 16 ounces of mixed vegetables;
• 15 ounce can of soup;
• 10 four ounce beef burritos;
• 7.5 ounce muffin mix;
• 7.5 ounce macaroni and cheese;
• one package of hot dogs;
• ketchup;
• a dozen eggs; and
• a dessert item.

The menu of the boxes changes monthly.

Other month’s boxes have included rib eye steaks, smoked sausage, meatballs, chicken wings, rice and pasta.
“Generally one box of food assists in feeding a family of four for about a week or a single senior citizen for almost a month,” said Kristy Underwood of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Typically there are monthly specials that can be ordered as well. May’s specials includes a 10 pound box of breaded chicken tenders for $16 or a $18 box containing:

• 8 four-ounce bacon wrapped pork filets and
• 4 eight ounce T-bone steaks.

Orders for May must be paid for by Sunday. For more information, please call (501) 843-7306, (501)413-1334 or (501) 843-6870.