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Food service groups offer help
Just a couple of food-related updates:
1. SERVE is in-between its regular stuff-the-truck food drives. The Stafford-based nonprofit usually stocks its shelves at these events held in the parking lots of Giant stores in Stafford. But, the next one isn’t until Oct. 24, and the agency is looking at bare shelves. So SERVE is asking anyone with a few extra canned goods or jars of peanut butter to drop them off at the agency near the Stafford County courthouse. Call 540/288-9603 for details. I spent a day helping out at SERVE for a story this summer, and it amazed me how many people stop by for food. It also really touched me to see how much relief a box of food could bring. Like many, my family has been a bit frustrated with the rising costs at the grocery store. But my day at SERVE really made me think of how blessed I am to have that worry. I could, instead, have no idea how to feed my children.
2. Angel Food Ministries just sent out a press release. I couldn’t see anything really new in the report–except that there are more sites in Virginia now. We’ve run stories before about the ministry, where people can get a box of food for about $30. One box should feed a family of four for about a week. I’ve talked with people who buy the boxes, and they always rave about the selection and quality. The ministry buys in bulk to keep costs down.
This month’s menu includes:
1.5 lb. New York Strips Steaks (3 x 8 oz.)
1 lb. Steak Fajita Strips
2 lb. Chicken Stir Fry Skillet Meal
1 lb. Lean Ground Beef
1.5 lb. Breaded White Meat Chicken Tenders
1 lb. avg. Center Cut Ham Steaks (Hickory Smoked)
1 lb. Bake or Fry Fish Sticks (32 sticks)
1 lb. Pasta
25 oz. Marinara Sauce
1 lb. Frozen Baby Lima Beans
1 lb. Frozen Mixed Vegetables
2 lb. bag Fresh Apples (8-10 ct.)
10 ct. Flour Tortilla Wraps
32 oz. 2% Shelf Stable Milk
Orders are due October 11, and nearby sites include: