Church-sponsored program provides low-cost meals
An area church is starting a food program from which anyone can purchase food.
Katie Mather, a member of Cornerstone Family Worship, said orders will be taken this week for a food delivery of April 22.
¢ To sign up for this month's shipment, orders must be placed at Tonganoxie's Cornerstone Family Worship, Sixth and Church streets, at these times this week: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.
¢ Boxes of food must be picked up from 10 a.m. to noon April 22, at the church.
For $25, working through Angel Food Ministries, the church will fill a box with groceries. The April menu will include these items: chicken drumsticks or thighs, Hot Pockets, breaded chicken breast filets, meat balls, ground turkey, chicken wings, ground beef, smoked sausage, pasta and pasta sauce, baked beans, corn, peas, carrots, rice, eggs and a dessert.
"The box is designed to feed one person for two weeks, or if it's an elderly person that might be enough for them for a whole month," Mather said. "It's a great program for large families or for small families -- people on fixed incomes -- for everybody. I can't think of anybody who wouldn't benefit."
Along with the combination boxes, additional boxes of meats may be purchased, at an added price.
The program isn't designed to make money for the church, Mather said. Instead, it's designed to provide low-cost groceries, once a month, to the community.
"I don't know anybody on the planet that doesn't need a break on groceries," Mather said. "... There's absolutely no relevance to income or economic status. None of that matters. This is for anybody and everybody."
To sign up for this month's shipment, orders must be placed at the church, at Sixth and Church, this week: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today; 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.
Mather said, if someone is unable to leave their home, they can call her at (913) 369-3995 and she will arrange to have someone pick up their order.
Those who order need to provide their name, address and telephone number.
And, payment is made when the order is placed. The church will accept cash, money orders or food stamps.
On April 22, Mather said, church volunteers will meet the delivery truck, likely at a nearby town, and will bring the food to the church where it will be sorted into boxes. Food items must be picked up that day between 10 a.m. and noon. Any items not picked up during that time will be donated to area families.
Mather stressed that Angel Food Ministries purchases food directly from manufacturers.
"This isn't donated food, this isn't day-old food," Mather said. "It isn't anything like that, it's just specially bought in bulk from the manufacturer."
According to Angel Food's Web site, the 11-year-old food ministry program provided food to more than 340,000 families in February, and in 2005 to more than 1.6 million families. Angel Food Ministries, a non-profit, non-denominational organization, is based in Monroe, Ga.
Mather said there's no limit to how many boxes of food an individual can buy. She said that at a recent training session she was told that a person in another town bought 10 boxes each month, donating nine of the boxes to