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‘Angel Food,’ Christian Nonprofit, Pleads Not Guilty To Using Funds For Private Jet, Other Federal Charges

Angel Food Indictment

First Posted: 12/16/11 09:49 AM ET Updated: 12/16/11 09:49 AM ET (Huffington Post)

Joe and Linda Wingo, the founders of the Georgia-based Angel Food Ministries, plead not guilty Thursday to a host of federal charges.

The 49-count federal indictment included charges of fraud, money laundering, and allegations that the pair funneled money from Angel Food to their personal accounts, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Michael J. Moore, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced Friday that the charges against the Wingos, along with their son, Andy Wingo, and a former employee, Harry Michaels, according the Christian Post reports.

“As alleged in the indictment, these Defendants raised money in the name of Christian charity, and then used a number of schemes to defraud the organization,” said Moore in a statement.

Angel Food, founded in 1994, was a nonprofit that sold boxes discount groceries to impoverished families across the country through a network of over 5,000 churches. Angel Food shut down in September of 2011, citing the economic downturn and the strain of rising food and gasoline prices for the organization closing its doors, the St. Petersburg Times reports.

The indictment alleges that the pair stole millions of dollars from their charitable ministry, using the money to purchase personal luxury items, including making a down payment on a private jet, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Joe Wingo’s request for a court-appointed attorney was denied by Judge Charles H. Weigle, who posited that Wingo possessed the resources for a privately funded attorney.

“You ought to have resources to hire any lawyer in the state,” Judge Weigle said.

The indictment also accuses the Wingos of using Angel Food funds to boost support for a local candidate, Al Yarborough, in the Walton County Sheriff appointment in 2008 by giving bonuses to employees on the condition that they use a portion of their bonus to donate to Yarborough’s campaign, the Christian Post reports.

At its peak, Angel Food Ministries sold food to nearly 500,000 families a month and employed 90 full-time staff members.

In 2008, the nonprofit was recognized by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives as an example of “effective models for Federal collaboration with faith-based and community organizations.”

Angel Food Founders Enter Plea

Three months after shutting down operations, the founders of Angel Food Ministries have pleaded not guilty to fraud and money laundering charges.

Joe and Linda Wingo entered the plea in a Georgia courtroom Thursday.

The couple is accused of using the charity’s funds for personal use.

Angel Food Ministries was based out of Monroe, Georgia.

It provided discounted groceries to needy families across the country, including many right here in the Valley.

 

See the pictures: Here

Dr. Phil’s Recession Survival Advice with Angel Food Ministries

We were pleasantly happy to see that Angel Food Ministries was listed by Dr. Phil in his article on surviving a harsh economy.

The piece contains some good advice, yet still, it has other advice that you ought to discuss with your own financial experts; be it your father, son, daughter, mother, friend or relative whom you know has some experience in the field.  However, Dr. Phil does give Angel Food Ministries a huge nod as a way to save money on food.  For that reason alone, we suggest you take a look at the article.

I’ll just give you the highlights here, than you can read the rest on his site. (Here)

How to Find Money Hidden in Every Home

Money guru Mary Hunt is the author of Debt Proof Living: The Complete Guide to Living Financially Free. She offers tips for saving more and spending less:

Food:

  1. Use coupons
    Go to www.couponmom.com and
    www.thegrocerygame.com.

    E-mail directly for coupons: Many companies will send cents-off coupons directly to you by simply e-mailing them from their Web sites and requesting information on how to obtain coupons.

  2. Buy only what’s seasonal and on sale
  3. Check the unit price
  4. Stock up when you canCheapest food: Walmart Supercenter was the cheapest because they honor competitor’s coupons.
  5. Fifty percent off food: Check the Internet to see if you have an Angel Food Ministry near you. They provide groceries at a 50 percent discount to those in need of grocery relief and financial support:

    www.angelfoodministries.org.

Feeding my Family with Angel Food Ministries

We discovered Angel Food Ministries earlier this year when we were really struggling financially. We were working on a Family Budget and new that in order to make it we would have to figure out how to cut back on our grocery bill. We are a family of 5 with 3 teenagers who eat us out of house and home. So after talking to Consumer Counseling Credits Services we learned about an amazing network where you can feed a family of 4 for only $30 a week. This sounded amazing to us. By using Angel Food We have been able to cut down our grocery bill by $200 a month. We are actually thinking about buying a freezer so we can buy more since there is no limit. We figure the freezer will end up paying for itself within 2 months.

At first I was skeptical about Angel Food. I thought it was charity. I promise you it is not! Angel Food Ministries is a non denomiational organization that helps families like you save money on food. It has been a God Send to our family including my Mother who eats for only $30 a month. With Angel Food $30 will feed a senior for an entire month. Everyone qualifies. If you eat, you qualify.

The Angel Food Menu is abundant and the food is delicious and fresh.

By: Wendy Krick

A Solid Review for Angel Food Ministries

Angel Food Ministries Review

The Challenge: Does Angel Food Ministries really save money?  If so, how much? And more importantly, is the food any good? 

Methods: Angel Food Ministries is a not-for-profit organization that buys food directly from suppliers at substantial volume discounts. As a result, they are able to provide consumers with approximately $65 worth of food for just $30. They have locations in 45 states.  Angel Food Ministries does NOT sell out of date or inferior products. This is quality, nutritious food – just like you’d get at the grocery store. (Read More)

A Ferry Tale of Faith and Food Shipping to Martha’s Vineyard

Ferry Tale

Vineyard Haven, MA (February, 18, 2010) — New England is a mesh of cultures and people; the common theme that runs amongst its residents is the need to flee when spring comes. Like many others around the country, New Englanders spend the winter months crammed into cubicles, offices, and vehicles. When the grip of winter loosens; the North Englanders’ need for flight increases. A popular spot that New Englanders often flock to is Martha’s Vineyard, an island that seems to have frozen in its 18th century splendor; divided into quaint old fishing and farming villages, colonial government offices and, of course, a resort community for the privileged.

This amusement park of nature is a retreat for many Americans, but what about the full timers, often the shopkeepers and tradesmen who rely on the economy of tourism to sustain them through the cold? Pam McCormick resettled to Martha’s Vineyard from Michigan, and has lived there for the past few years, and lately has been noticing a change in her community.

“During the summer months when the island is packed with tourists and part time residents, we have jobs and resources for the year-rounders, but when the cold months set in, we being to realize the effects of the economy. Few jobs, fewer patrons, and few resources all around keep the price of food fairly high.”

Pam had previously used Angel Food Ministries in Michigan, a non profit, non denominational organization that provides quality food at affordable prices. Operating as a food co-operative, Angel Food uses vast purchasing power to buy from top food companies, and relies on a network of more than 40,000 volunteers who help distribute the food through 6000 host sites across 44 states. Her past experience helped aid the decision to ask if Vineyard Assembly of God could become an Angel Food Host site.

Pam has taken on the responsibility of helping her friends and neighbors eat well while stretching their limited funds. Angel Food Ministries offers a variety of proteins, fruits and vegetables, allergen-free products, pre packaged senior convenience meals, seasonal special options, and their “Signature Box” that could supplement generally a family of four for a week for $30. Pam saw this as her best option.

Although Angel Food delivers once a month to the host sites across the United States via 53 foot tractor trailers, Pamela’s host site is set to be the most unique of any of the rest. Vineyard Assembly of God is the only host site separated from a trucking route by an ocean. So, Pam has committed to making a four hour journey across the water by ferry and back to pick up her orders. That requires perfect timing between the ferry schedule and the truck’s arrival schedule, and it requires her to unload the truck into her personal vehicle and head back to the ferry and over the Sound. Then with here dedicated team of volunteers at Vineyard Assembly of God in tow, they distribute the food to the families that placed a monthly order.

Pam’s compassion and concern for humanity has opened doors for many families that felt shut out. The snow birds might bring in the money for Martha’s Vineyard, but Pam and the dedicated people at Vineyard Assembly of God bring hope.

Orders can be placed and picked up at Vineyard Assembly of God. The address is
1048 State Rd., Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Please contact Pam McCormick for questions or details about the ordering or distribution process. She can be reached at 508-687-9039 or on the web at www.vineyardag.com.

If anyone wants to learn more about Angel Food Ministries and if they distribute around you, please visit www.angelfoodministries.com or call 1-877-366-3646.

Ministry provides low-cost, high-quality groceries to all

By KYLE MARTIN

Hernando Today

Published: August 19, 2009

BROOKSVILLE – When Angel Food Ministries premiered in Brooksville last July, the organization provided about 660 people with food.
Word spread quickly.
By the next month, the semi-trailer truck hauling the August shipment was filled to capacity with 1,400 units.
Angel Food Ministries is a nonprofit national organization that provides top-shelf food at bargain prices. A chapter was opened locally at Christ Lutheran Church on North Avenue by the Rev. Paul Meseke and his wife, Linda.
The couple used the program at their last ministry in Pennsylvania and wanted to repeat the benefits locally.
“We always want to help,” Linda Meseke said Wednesday.
Misinformation, however, is overshadowing the program, so the couple contacted Hernando Today to set the record straight on a few issues.
At the top of the list: There are no income restrictions to purchase the food. The church accepts food stamps, but also debit and credit cards, along with cash. Old, young, rich and poor alike are invited to take advantage of Angel Food Ministries.
The program works like this. Customers can order either at the church or online at angelfoodministries.com. One unit of food costs $30 and is generally enough to last a family of four for a week or a senior citizen for a month. It’s the equivalent of about $70 to $80 worth of food at a grocery retailer.
Items, both fresh and frozen, are grocery-store quality; customers will not find day-old bread or mysterious dented cans without labels.
The church does not make a profit. They receive $1 for every unit sold, which they return to their church’s benevolent fund or to local nonprofits, such as Jericho Road Ministries, the Dawn Center or the Helping Hands Food Pantry.
On pick-up day, generally the fourth Saturday of the month, the doors open at 9 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church. The First Lutheran Church in Ridge Manor is a satellite operation and members pick up orders for a similar distribution process.
If a customer doesn’t arrive to pick up their order, it’s donated to a local food bank.
The discounted food has been a blessing in this economy and several families have mentioned they couldn’t make it to the end of the month without the help, Linda Meseke said.
Meseke isn’t sure why more people don’t take advantage of the program, but believes misinformation and a “too good to be true” mentality might play role.
“We know it’s a benefit to the community,” she said.
For more information, visit clcfla.org or call Christ Lutheran Church at 799-3452. To view the menu for August, go to http://clcfla.org/Angel%20Food/Aug09%20Menu.pdf.

Reporter Kyle Martin can be reached at 352-544-5271 or kmartin@hernandotoday.com.