Guy Ellis

The Cornerstone Church in Grove has found a unique, and quite useful, way to serve the Grand Lake area. The church has partnered with Larry Hutton Ministries to offer an “Angel Food” menu to one and all.

Put simply, the program offers, on a monthly basis, a wide variety of foods, such as fresh meats, fruits, vegetables, and other staples, packaged together for a giveaway price of $30.

Each month the program also offers a selection of specially priced specials for an additional small fee.

“It’s our way to reach the community and to do a service for them,” said volunteer coordinator Don Nielsen.

The church brought the program to Grove eighteen months ago and the reception was overwhelming. Everyone is eligible to purchase food in the program and there is no limit on the amount of packages an individual can buy.

“Our reception in Grove has been very good,” said LuAnn White, a volunteer with the program. “We have new people all the time and we have long standing customers.”

Coordinating the program effort from the Cornerstone Church has helped in its success.

“We’ve got the greatest location,” said White. “People from Vinita, Pryor, and Miami all come to us because our facility is so good.”

The program is fueled entirely by volunteers. The staff takes orders from customers in the lobby of the church throughout the month. At the end of the month the customers return to the church to pick up their food packages.

“We have volunteers from all over the lake area that come in and work with us as well as volunteers from the church,” said White. “This is our first month to offer people the option of paying with credit cards or debit cards online,” she added.

Online orders can be made by accessing the group’s website, www.angelfoodministries.com. The program also accepts EBT cards.

“It’s all about the community,” said White. “We can assist anyone that would like some help on offsetting their grocery costs, especially with gas costs so high and grocery costs so high.

“We are very community oriented. Through our program people make contacts, and friends,” she said. “Many people tell us that they can’t survive without this assistance.”

White gave some detail about the nationwide ministry, based in Georgia, which spearheaded the project.

“It was a ministry that started in about 1994,” she said. “It started with a pastor and his family that saw a need in the rural areas that didn’t have many resources.

“They started with 32 families and it grew from there. Now we service over 340,000 people in 34 states,” said White.

The church will soon start receiving their food packages from a new warehouse in Dallas, as opposed to Georgia where the shipments had arrived from previously.

Besides being a vehicle for the church and ministry to serve the community the program can also be a good idea for those wishing to make donations for area families in need.

“A lot of people donate food boxes,” said White. “They come in and buy one or two or three food boxes that can be donated to needy families.”

For more information about the Angel Food Ministry contact the Cornerstone Church in Grove at 786-6141. The last order day at the church for this month is Monday, August 11th. Staff will be on hand from 10AM to 2PM to process orders. The pick-up date for August is Saturday the 23rd from 9AM to 11AM at the Cornerstone Church.