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Williamsport church fights hunger through Angel Food Ministry

November 12, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

WILLIAMSPORT -- Making sure that people have enough to eat seems to be a family affair at Rehoboth United Methodist Church.

Sadie Fox is heading up a new effort called the Angel Food Ministry, a nonprofit, nondenominational organization dedicated to providing food relief and contributing to benevolent outreaches in communities throughout the United States.

Fox signed up people Nov. 6 and 8 for the program, which is available to anyone.

"We didn't have too many sign up yet," Fox said. She hopes that will improve as word gets out.

Fox's parents, Bill and Laura Eckard, have been associated with the Shepherd's Table for many years. Shepherd's Table, which is sponsored by churches in the Williamsport Ministerium, provides a hot meal every Thursday at 5 p.m. at Rehoboth United Methodist Church on East Salisbury Street in Williamsport.

Fox sees the Angel Food Ministry as an expansion of that philosophy -- providing good meals to those who need them.

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She said that the ministry provides "restaurant-grade" meats, frozen vegetables, fruits, dairy products and other items acquired through the best producers and vendors of high quality, name-brand foods.

"Seconds" or "day old" products are not included in the program, Fox said.

The menu for Angel Food varies from month to month, and all orders through the ministry will be ordered and picked up at Rehoboth United Methodist Church.

Two menu selections are available, including a regular box for $30 with balanced nutrition and variety with enough food to feed a family of four for a week.

The other selection is a senior/convenience box for $28 that contains 10 nutritionally balanced, fully cooked and seasoned meals that only need to be heated before serving. Each meal is developed with the dietary needs of senior citizens in mind, and contains three ounces of protein, a starch and two vegetables or fruits.

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