UPDATE: Angel Food Ministries, an agency offering discounted groceries for the at-need, is officially out of business.
At the start of this month, Angel Food temporarily shut down services for September. The non-profit now says the high price of food and fuel, plus a decline in it's customer base, is causing them to stop the service for good.
Angel Food Ministries has served the at-need for 17 years, feeding about 500,000 families a month at its height.
CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Angel Food Ministries, an agency dedicated to offering discounted groceries for the at need, has suddenly stopped its distributions for the month. Now, one mom is trying to start up a food drive to make sure no one goes hungry due to the shutdown.
Single mom Angela Bishop knows a thing or two about the daunting cost of a trip to the grocery store. Back in 2008, her family of three temporarily grew, forcing her to turn to Angel Food Ministries.
"We came across it when I had taken in two other children for several months without any more income coming in. Someone alerted me there was a more affordable and convenient way to do groceries," Bishop said Tuesday.
Angel Food Ministries offers discounted groceries for people to pre-order through local churches and other charitable organizations. At the start of the month, they suddenly shutdown services for the month of September, citing financial hardships.
Links on the organization's website offer a message stating a complete shutdown of services for the month. The notice shocked cash-strapped customers.
"For myself, I can create a budget that would allow for grocery shopping at a store again. But I do know there are some families out there that depend on Angel Food completely," Bishop said.
Now, Bishop is starting a food drive and hoping to pull together a non-profit to keep food on the table of the less-fortunate.
"I think it's your duty as a human. Just to know it'll only take a split change in your life to become that starving family that is seeking help. They weren't looking for free handouts, it was just affordable food," she said.
For more information on the local food drive, email Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org.