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Ministry keeps local families' pantries stocked


We all know the feeling that high gasoline prices, through-the-roof utility costs and overall inflation gives us, and it isn`t comfortable.

There`s nothing worse than having the proverbial financial belt tightened to the point in which you can`t concentrate on anything besides your descending checking account balance.

That said, the last thing we want to do is worry about the bare kitchen cabinets. With Angel Food Ministries at your service, you won`t have to.

The Rev. Jim Cantley and his wife, Ellie, of the Elyria Church of God have just been chartered as an order center for the Angel Food Ministries, a Good Hope, Ga.-based nonprofit organization that provides high-quality groceries to residents at a very modest price.

"Basically, our orders are taken in units," Jim Cantley said. "Each unit costs $25 and contains $65 dollars worth of food. The money taken for the groceries is returned in full to the organization and used to help others obtain help through the service."

Participants will receive fresh, quality items such as Tyson chicken, pasta, sauces, rice, potatoes, vegetables and fruit. Each unit will feed one person for about one month.

"A family of two can expect to have two weeks of meals per unit, depending on the eating habits of the family," Cantley said.

Angel Food Ministries accepts cash, money orders, cashier`s checks and food stamps.

At the current time, they cannot accept personal checks or credit cards.

Participants will pick up their orders at the church on Saturday mornings, and must bring their own boxes to carry away their goods away.

"There are no income limits for the program. We have an even mix of low- and middle-income families that take advantage of the program," Cantley said. "It`s for anyone who just wants to save money on the grocery bill."

The menu changes often, and food items even include T-bone and New York strip steaks and ribs.

The program is available year round, and Cantley encourages anyone who could possibly benefit from the savings to take advantage of Angel Food Ministries.

"Any way we can help, we`re willing to do so," Cantley said. "This area has been hit hard with layoffs and other financial hardships, and we want nothing more than to help people out with this program."

If you are interested in ordering groceries from Angel Food Ministries, have any questions or are interested in donating to the organization, call Cantley at (440) 281-5067.

Contact LeeAnn Mullen at 329-7155 or

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