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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


Dozen Eggs




Orders are due October 11, and nearby sites include:


FREDERICKSBURG Eastland United Methodist Chuch 540-891-7284    
  Riverside First Church of God 540-548-0715


  Strong Tower Ministries 540-374-1588    
  The Bridge Worship Center 540-760-4241  

KING GEORGE Fletchers Chapel UMC 540-908-1667  

  King George Church of God 540-908-1667



  Tabernacle Baptist Church 540-775-0340



PARTLOW Wallers Baptist Church 540-582-5703        

SPOTSYLVANIA Goshen Baptist Church 540-786-7500    

  Wilderness Community Church 540-972-8808     

STAFFORD Hope Chapel – Stafford 540-720-3663



  North Stafford Baptist Church 540-659-6901   

WOODFORD New Heights Christian Church 888-265-6298