Angel Food Network at McLeod

I spent Saturday morning with the team from the McLeod Operating Room, Procurement Services and the Laundry helping to distribute boxes of food for the Angel Food Network at McLeod.  The volunteerism among those helping to support this monthly effort is greatly appreciated.

I also encourage those who have not considered this Angel Food Program as an opportunity for household cost savings, to learn more about it.  

What is Angel Food Network?  It is a food co-op program designed to help one another stretch our food budget.  Founded by Angel Food Ministries in 1994, the Angel Food program now is helping provide food relief to more than 500,000 families each month nationwide.

On Saturday morning we helped to unload, load, and prepare 250 boxes of food for those who ordered this month from McLeod Darlington, Dillon and Florence.  In addition to stretching our food budgets, it is a great opportunity to volunteer to help others for a few hours on Saturday Morning.  You can see from a few of these pictures some of the team who served this Saturday.

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The next Angel Food Network distribution day at McLeod will be July 25, 2009.  You may order a box of food for $30.  The retail value of the food is approximately $60.  To see the menu and/or order for July, you may visit this website …  http://www.angelfoodministries.com  If you would like to volunteer on Saturday, July 27th, please contact Sarah Williams. swilliams@mcleodhealth.org or 777-2475.

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More on Angel Food at McLeod:
With prices seeming to go up every week, buying groceries for yourself or your family can be more and more difficult. But buying food together through a food cooperative is one way to reduce food costs.

Through the Angel Food Network, McLeod Health is helping employees save on their food bills each month. Angel Food uses group purchasing and volunteers to make high-quality, name-brand food available at discounted prices.

The Angel Food Network keeps its overhead costs low by simplifying its distribution and relying on volunteers to distribute the orders.

At McLeod, staff members will be able to help their fellow employees by staffing the Saturday-morning distribution sites.

The Angel Food program is open to any employee, medical staff members, or volunteer. A Regular Box currently costs $30, and other boxes can be added to an order.

The $30 box feeds a family of four for about a week and has a retail value of about $60. A Senior Box of heat-and-serve cooked meals can be bought for $28, and add-on boxes of meat or vegetable and fruit can be added to an order of a Regular or Senior box.

To pick up an order, be sure to bring your receipt and a box or cooler for each box of food you ordered. If you are unable to pick up your order during the allotted time, give your receipt to a trusted family member or friend to pick up for you.

Help will be available from volunteers to process the food and to carry it to your car. Orders for the next month can be placed on distribution day — by cash, money order, or payroll deduction only.

To volunteer to help on distribution days or for more information about those times, date and locations, call the Angel Food Network hotline at 777-6009 or click on the Angel Food Network Link on the Intranet.

How to place an order:
You can order Angel Food boxes at the locations below using payroll deduction, cash, money order, credit/debit card, or EBT card. With Florence delivery only, online orders can be placed with a debit or credit card at www.AngelFoodMinistries.com. The Florence cafeteria can accept only cash and payroll deduction. Those wanting to payroll deduct ($65 limit) must be signed up with McLeod Advantage.

Locations for Sign-Up at McLeod:
McLeod Regional – McLeod Cafeteria and Business Services
McLeod Darlington – Business Office
McLeod Dillon- Business Office

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