A program that provides food relief to families in communities across the country is becoming active in Peabody.
Angel Food Ministries is a nonprofit, non-denominational organization that offers monthly options for ordering food at a discounted price.
The program is open to anyone. There are no applications or income qualifications to meet in order to purchase Angel Food.
One option available each month is the “signature box.” The medium-sized box costs $30 and contains both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of about $60. Typically, the signature box will feed a family of four for a week.
Also available are specials of different meats and fruits/vegetables, pre-packaged senior meals, and allergen-free foods.
Each month’s menu is different from the one for the previous month.
Stacy Parks, Peabody-Burns Elementary School speech instructor, serves as liaison to the program for the Peabody community.
“Generally, churches are the host sites,” said Parks. “But Peabody does not generate the numbers necessary to have an Angel Food truck deliver food here.
“So I take orders once a month at the elementary school, turn them in to a church in Newton that distributes in the Newton area, and bring the food to Peabody for distribution on delivery day.”
The next signup opportunity will be 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the elementary school office. Delivery for the December shipment will be 12 to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 19. Orders for January also will be taken on delivery day.
For more information check out the Angel Food Web site at http://www.angelfoodministries. com.