Smart Living: Feed your family on $30 a week

4:36 AM, Feb 23, 2010   |    comments
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Once a month, families do their grocery shopping for the week or the month without going to a supermarket. They get it from a program called Great Food For All.

It's a faith-based, non-denominational company which provides the same high-quality, name-brand food you find in the store. They just sell it for half the price.

Here's how it works:

You order online from any of the "host" sites, which are mostly local churches. You pre-pay for the food, with cash, money order or food stamps. Then, one Saturday a month, you pick up your box or boxes of food.

Every month, the menu changes and they offer different sized boxes based on your needs.

For instance, they sell a $30 basic box of food that feeds a family of four for about a week. There's a kid box for $20, which includes food like hot dogs, taco meat and popcorn chicken.

Or you can buy a box of just seafood, including salmon and tilapia, for $20. They even offer a $28 box of food for seniors.

The program is not just for the poor, as anyone can order food, including families and seniors. There are no membership fees. Great Food For All has a saying -- "If you eat, you qualify."

There are no restrictions.

How can Great Food For All sell the food so cheap? By using local churches and other non-profit groups to distribute the food, they don't have the overhead or expenses that local and chain food stores do.

Great Food For All buys only high-quality, name-brand products by taking advantage of food over-runs from companies. This is not damaged food. It's not "scratch and dent" and it's not outdated.

Great Food For All is always looking for new host sites. You don't have to be a church to distribute food. Great Food For All is headquartered in Newton Falls, Ohio, but now offers the service in 11 states.

The next distribution is Saturday, March 20. Online orders must be in by Thursday, March 4 at 9 p.m. All other orders must be in by Saturday, March 6 at noon.

Click here more information on Great Food For All or to find a host site near you or to order online.

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