Call to Action: Angel Food Ministries closing

September 29, 2011

Our community got some troubling news last week. Angel Food Ministries is closing their doors. AFM provides food for approximately 3,000 people each month. This closure will add a burden for other area food providers who are also experiencing hardships.

Currently, Manna Food Pantries has only a one-month supply on hand.

If you or your company can organize a food collection drive, it will be most appreciated. No one should go hungry.

Manna most needs the following items: oatmeal, grits, cereal (small boxes), canned vegetables, canned fruits, and peanut butter. Unless you collect a very large amount of food, please plan to deliver your collected food to Manna. For more information, please call Manna Food Pantries at (850) 432-2053.

We have a wealth of generous individuals, businesses and organizations in Escambia County. Together, we have the ability to make a significant dent in this community need.

United Way appreciates your support and commitment to Living United!

Sincerest Thanks and Gratitude,

Andrea Farage
United Way of Escambia County

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  • Lori Wallace October 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” – Gandhi said it best.

  • Jay Bradshaw October 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I would welcome you to come by Manna and volunteer with the fine workers and volunteers of the organization. They are passionate in their jobs and do all in their power to make sure the food they receive is going to people who are in need.
    Fortunately we are lucky enough to not need the services of Manna but at the same time any of our fortunes ca change at any moment.
    Instead of bashing the organization find out how it actually works and make a financial or food donation to help those in need.
    Put your political ideas to the side and help your community.

  • Hat Mckenzie October 2, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Hawk: I totally agree! I am so tired of people who wear their religion on their sleeves yet viciously attack their fellows.

    My high school com arts teacher turned me onto “The Brother from Another Planet,” an early John Sayles film. The title character is horrified by our various religions, especially Christianity because of the actions of its followers. He can’t wrap his head around the fact that people worship the ideals of equality, freedom and compassion, but use them to kill, torture and enslave fellow humans they simply do not like.

    Fox News and the tea party hide behind patriotism and christianity but their true motives are vile, ugly and evil.

    I will be happy to supply the police with my address so they can arrest me: I am making a couple of dozen sandwiches and I intend to hand them out to any and all hungry people I encounter without asking for their green cards. I would also hand out chips but I can’t afford them. You see, I pay my fair share in taxes while millionaires like Jeff Miller skate for free.

  • Richard Hawkins October 1, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Rick needs to start a comment of the week feature. “WWJS” clearly wins for this week.

  • L.Laird September 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Local Tea Party Delegate Dan..Recently in Tampa @Tea baggers sleep in, agreed & cheer that sick people without health insurance should be left to die…Booed a soldier who was gay and fought in Iraq. I missed the part that people should starve to death if they are unable to find work, or who are not on Social Security or military pensions

  • eric September 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    To think that food programs for the needy are inherently bad is insane. Some corruption is bound to happen when there are large programs and I don’t damn FOX news for reporting an incident (though I did not see it). Hopefully they showed positive statistics as well.
    Do we shut down the green energy programs because Solyntra (sp?) wasted 500+ million?
    Or the military because of a few bad apples?

    The real story here is that there are so many in need of food assistance. A news report recently applauded Oregon for the efficiency which they distribute food stamps. It went on to say that 40% of the state citizens are on food stamps. People are hurting and there is a real need for assistance.

  • Betty McAlpin September 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Dan, Dan, Dan. No free food for “men” between the ages of 12 and 72? Really? I had no idea my 12-year old son inspired such rath. Should I kick the bum out or just refuse to feed him? According to you, Dan, he is an able-bodied man and should go to work if he wants to eat. Let’s bring back child labor! Maybe we can put him to work in a coal mine for 25 cents a day. Heck on them wages he can buy a loaf of bread every week and feast!

    While I’m not normally big on Bible quotes, Mike has a great point. Did the J-Man demand to see everyone’s green card before feeding the multitudes? WWJS? Who would Jesus starve?

    Will I really be arrested in Alabama if I give someone with brown skin a sandwich without authenticating their legal residency status?

    People like you, Dan, always say get the bums (including my 12-year old) off the dole and let private charity take the place of welfare. Well, Angel Food and Manna ARE private charities but now you want to stop them from feeding the hungry.

    Shame on you and double shame on FoX News!

  • Mike E. September 30, 2011 at 10:36 am

    How about if people are hungry, whether “legal” or able-bodied or a gang member (really?) – we feed them. I know it’s a crazy idea, but even this Jesus guy everyone seems to be so hung up on supported the idea:

    “Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.” Matthew 14:15-21 ESV

  • Jami Sanderson September 30, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Angel Food Ministries was not a “FREE” food bank in the sense you might think of. They were a national ministry to belp low incoome people, or fixed income people. They directed overstock and surplus food to all people. Each month, you reviewed the choices for the month and signed up and paid $25.00 for a box of food which was some frozen and some canned. It was supposed to feed a family of 4 for a week. Sometimes you got a bag of fruit. $25.00 was about 1/3 the retail price. The box was about the size of a a paper carton and was intended to supplement the food budget cheaply. My mom (a retired teacher) in Texas used to get them, and several churches here distributed them. They did make money and used the profits to feed some poor free, but an FBI investigation alleges the founders redirected the profits to their pockets. However, the fed a bunch of people cheap.

  • Dan Sconiers September 30, 2011 at 6:34 am

    I was a supporter of these food banks and other charities that give out food. Note the past tense. I saw an investigative report on Fox News that showed some pretty shocking things, like able-bodied young men being given huge boxes of food, no questions asked. Illegals were being given food to support their illegal families (I guess that will be stopped in Alabama at least under their new law), gang members were being given food in order to fortify their compounds and bunkers and bosses were walking away with hundreds of pounds of food in order to feed their crews of illegal workers.

    If you want to give food to the truly needy, God bless you! However I think the states should demand accountability. Before any food is handed out the recipient should have to prove he or she is a legal U.S. citizen, sign an affidavit that no food will be resold or given to illegals, gang members, or able bodied men between the ages of 12 and 72. People should only be eligible to receive food once a month for one year, after that they are permanently cut off.

    The idea of extending charity to widows and children is an old and noble one. This type of aide should be granted ONLY to them and for a short period until mom remarries or gets a job.