There is an angel among us. Seven years ago, Holly Whitfield was fresh out of college and working her first job while supporting her infant daughter.
Whitfield found it impossible to make ends meet, so she applied for assistance. She was told her monthly income was $20 too much and was denied assistance.
A friend told her about the Angel Food Ministry program, a non-profit, non-denominational food cooperative committed to providing food at discount prices and assisting families in times of need.
"Using Angel food to provide for my family was such a blessing," Whitfield said. At the time, she was living in Matthews with her parents.
The Angel Food program was started in 1994 by Pastors Joe and Linda Wingo in Monroe, Ga., after several neighborhood textile mills closed. Beginning with 34 families, Angel Food Ministries has grown over the years and now serves over 500,000 families in more than 35 states.
"Today my daughter is 8 years old and after being blessed so abundantly in my own life, I wanted to help others who may be facing a similar situation to myself just seven years ago," said Whitfield, who lives in the Hunter Downs neighborhood in north Charlotte..
So she got an idea and approached the Huntersville Presbyterian Church. Church officials agreed to allow Whitfield to start a distribution center for Angel Food based out of the church, 201 S. Old Statesville Road. They agreed and Whitfield stepped into action.
Every month, Angel Food creates a menu with fresh and frozen food. Several food items are boxed to create several meals and are sold for under $30 a box. The service helps families in financial need lower their monthly food expenses.
Whitfield's first distribution date with Angel Food was in January of 2010. Since that time, they have distributed food to over 100 families in the community. Distribution dates are once a month and orders can be made online, via email or by calling 704-274-2027. Distribution dates this month are May 15 and 22.