How Did Angel Food Ministries Get Started?


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Andrew Wingo, a Georgia pastor, and his wife founded Angel Food Ministries in 1994. They started the organization to help feed families in the city of Monroe following the closing of several local factories.

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Initially the founders distributed boxes of food from their back porch. As the organization grew, it began taking orders from local churches and selling the boxes for a fraction of what the food would cost in a grocery store. The organization also distributed food boxes to low-income schools and gave away holiday boxes to the families of deployed armed service members.

Angel Food Ministries worked with the United States Department of Agriculture to accept food stamp payments. In 2005, it received the largest loan ever awarded to a faith-based organization by the federal government. The $6.9 million led the way for significant expansion, and the ministry soon operated throughout 43 states, feeding more than 500,000 families each month.

2010 was the last year of operation for Angel Food ministries, as its founders faced federal charges for allegedly stealing millions of dollars from the organization. In 2013, Wingo and his son plead guilty to money laundering. Each received a seven-year prison sentence. His wife received five years of probation for concealing a felony.

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