Angelic food drive off to fast start
Katie Mather was thrilled with her first Angel Food Ministries project.
Mather, who's directing the mission at Cornerstone Family Worship, said area residents picked up a total of 177 boxes of food Saturday.
The order included 96 regular boxes, each designed to feed one person for two weeks, and 81 special boxes, which included a selection of frozen meats.
Mather said participation in the project was greater than she imagined.
"For the first month, that's very incredible," Mather said.
It's possible those numbers will vastly increase. Mather noted that a church in Kansas City, Kan., that sold 38 boxes during its first month, is selling more than 400 boxes a month today.
"So they keep telling us that our growth will probably exceed that," Mather said, "judging by the first month's order."
The project is not meant to be a moneymaker for the church. The regular boxes -- which include different items each month -- are $25, and the special boxes are about $18.
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 to more than 1.6 million families in 2005. Angel Food Ministries, a non-profit, non-denominational organization, is based in Monroe, Ga.
Mather said a crew of 24 volunteers worked Saturday, starting at 5:45 a.m. to pick up the food and finished with cleanup at 12:30 p.m.
And, as important to Mather as the project itself was that two food boxes specifically were ordered to be donated to people who needed them.
"I'm hoping that through the goodness of the community, people will continue to do that and that will grow, as well," Mather said.