Food aid option added here

To order meal boxes

Deadline: The second Friday of each month. This month, orders will be due March 9.

Contact: Boxes can be reserved by calling the Rev. Dale DePeel at 254-7258, e-mailing him at, or stopping by Rochester Assembly of God, 4240 18th Ave. N.W., between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Additional sign-up hours will be available at the church from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Pick-up: Meal box pick-up dates will generally be the last Saturday of each month. This month’s pickup is March 28 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Rochester Assembly of God.

Payment: Only cash will be accepted this month, but food stamps will be accepted starting next month. There are no income requirements.


By Matt Russell

People looking to save money on food in a shaky economy have a new option in Rochester.

A local branch of Angel Food Ministries, a national program that sells reduced-price meal boxes, has been started by Soul Harbor Christian Fellowship, a small congregation that meets at the Rochester Assembly of God building in northwest Rochester.

For $30, Angel Food provides boxes it says provide enough food to help feed a family of four for a week or a single senior citizen for a month. There are no applications or income requirements to buy the boxes, and people can buy as many as they wish.

The boxes contain "restaurant quality" fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of approximately $60, according to Angel Food’s Web site. Among the items in the March box are ribeye steaks, country-fried steak patties, shoestring fries, soup, pinto beans, eggs and milk.

Angel Food also offers boxes of 10 fully cooked meals for $28. Each meal includes 3 ounces of protein, a starch and two vegetables or fruit. Items on this month’s menu include red beans and rice with smoked sausage, a chicken and bean burrito with a cheesy sauce, and Asian-style pork fried rice.

Angel Food "is an incredible ministry that this city needs," said the Rev. Dale DePeel of Soul Harbor Christian Fellowship. He said the group needs more volunteers to distribute food.


"We believe we can make a difference in the economic down times for the average family," DePeel said. "This is quality, and a family of four could spend $120 and have their groceries for the month if they wanted."

Angel Food, which started in 1994 in Georgia, has more than 4,800 host sites in 35 states, including in Austin, Lake City, Spring Valley, Owatonna and Claremont.

For more information, go to

Angel Food Ministries:

Soul Harbor Christian Fellowship:

Rochester Assembly of God Church:

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