/PRNewswire/ -- Angel Food Ministries ended its February distribution call-in with the highest numbers ever achieved for a February, and 63% over the same month last year. It also turns out to be the 6th biggest distribution month ever. The numbers, up 20% over January 2009, indicate a growing concern for affordable, quality food. AFM sends boxes of food to 500 communities in 39 states, and feeds more than 300 thousand families each year. Through AFM's benevolence funds, it donated $530 thousand back into local communities and churches this month and over $19 million since it began.
Pastor Joe Wingo, CEO and founder, said, "We are both proud and saddened, at the same time. Proud to have the faith of so many people, proud to be able to help so many people get proper nutrition and proteins into their diets, but saddened that the need is so vast and growing."
Pastor Wingo continued, "At the same time we are feeding so many, we also know that the news of events last week at our offices have raised concerns that Angel Food Ministries' mission may be hampered; these order totals show that the needs people are facing as a result of the economy far exceeds the best efforts to stop us from reaching out, and we will always put food on the tables of everyone who asks for it."
Angel Food Ministries (www.angelfoodministries.com) is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing financial support in the form of food relief to communities throughout the United States. Established in 1994 to provide relief for struggling families in the Monroe, GA area, Angel Food Ministries today serves hundreds of thousands of families across 39 states. Since inception, Angel Food Ministries has fed more than 20 million Americans. In 2008, AFM provided $120 million in direct food assistance to American families.
Angel Food offers a medium-sized box of food for $30 that contains top quality food staples from every food group, including chicken or beef, milk, eggs, vegetables, and other nutritious items. One box of food feeds a family of four for about one week, or a single senior citizen for almost a month. The menu varies each month, and consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of approximately $60.
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