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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.”

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Angel Food Ministries’ to Deliver Relief to Unemployed and Struggling in Pensacola, FL due to Gulf Oil Disaster

Angel Food Ministries is helping families, workers, women and children in Pensacola, Florida, effected by the loss of work and business due to the Gulf oil disaster by sending two tractor trailers loaded with approximately 78 thousand pounds of food at the Gateway Church of Christ in Pensacola on Thursday morning, July 15th, 2010.

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Pat Senkow, Angel Food Outreach Minister for the region, said, “We have many oil workers who have come here to take care of the oil that washes up here; meanwhile no one is allowed in the water to fish or otherwise, and we have lost so much due to lack of tourism and commerce.”
Mrs. Senkow said, “In Escambia county we have 1,200 homeless children, and Santa Rosa County has 4,700 known homeless before the oil spoiled what we did have.” “The need is so great,” she said.

We know that people are hurting. The economy is suffering and people who rely on the Gulf for industry are hurting even more. We do what we can,” Pastor Joe Wingo, Angel Food CEO, said.

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Agencies Participating:

First Assembly of God Milton, 1st Bagdad, 1st Bapt. Milton, 1st UMC Pensacola, ACTS Ministries, Agency for Persons w/disabilities, Bayou LaBatre, Billory Baptist, Child Protective I S, Children’s Home Society, Children’s Home Society, CMA Maranatha Riders, Community Drug & Alcohol, Cornerstone Christian, Cottage Hill Baptist, Council on Aging, Council on Aging, Council on Aging, Crestview Center F&C, Damascus Road, Early learning Coalition, East Hill COGIC, Escambia Family services, Families Count, Families First, Families First, Family Promise of SR, Favor House Shelter, Ferris Hill Baptist, FRAME…Title 1, GAL, Guardian Ad Litem, Guardian Ad Litem, Gulf Breeze UMC, Head Start, Holy Cross, Kugelman Counseling, Lakeview, Loaves and Fishes, Manna Food Pantry, Mary’s Shelter, Myrtle grove Baptist, Olive Baptist Milton, Pathways for Change, Primitive Bapt – Molino, Program Director, RSVP Santa Rosa, School Overlay, Southeastern Vocational, St. Rose of Lima , St. Vincent DePaul , Village, Waterfront-Women’s

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)

Angel Food Ministries’ Offers Relief to Fisherman in Louisiana

St. Bernard, Louisiana (June 7, 2010)Angel Food Ministries (www.angelfoodministries.com), an organization dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality food to those in need, is helping Louisiana fisherman and their families affected by the oil spill.

The Gulf region is seeing one of the biggest environmental disasters ever, with the BP oil leak pouring millions of gallons into the waters, polluting the nearby land, destroying the wildlife, and harming the fishing and seafood industries.

Angel Food Ministries is donating a filled tractor trailer of food to local fishermen left unable to work due to the oil spill. Many are jobless; others may be very soon, leaving them and their families without food. On top of a bad economy, the oil spill has adding fuel to the financial fire.  AFM will be joining efforts with its partner, Celebration Church, in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, to distribute the food with hope of helping make a difference.

“The St Bernard’s Pastors coalition is networking together to distribute the food that Angel Food Ministries is generously providing. We recognize the needs of the families here and we are working together to help them in any way possible,” said Pastor Craig Ratliff of Celebration Church.

“The full impact of this oil problem is hard to determine yet, but we do know that people are going without right now.  That we can help right away and Angel Food Ministries will always help where we are able,” Pastor Joe Wingo, Angel Food CEO, said.

WHAT:          Food will be distributed in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana for hungry fisherman

WHERE:        House of Refuge Church, 1561 Hwy 46, St. Bernard, LA

WHEN:          June 8th, 2010 at 12:00pm.

If you would like to help or find out more information please contact Pastor Craig Ratliff at 504.248.0688 or Katrina Weber at 678.979.9513.

Anyone who wishes to make use of Angel Food’s services can call 1-888-819-3745 or visit www.angelfoodministries.com to find the nearest host site.

About Angel Food Ministries

Angel Food Ministries (www.angelfoodministries.com) is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing financial support in the form of food relief to communities throughout the United States.  Established in 1994 to provide relief for struggling families in the Monroe, GA area, Angel Food Ministries today serves hundreds of thousands of families across 45 states, recently welcoming Oregon to the roster where Angel Food’s benefits can be realized. Since inception, Angel Food Ministries has fed more than 22 million Americans. In 2008, AFM provided $120 million in direct food assistance to American families.

Contact: Katrina Weber

news@angelfoodministries.com

Angel Food Sends relief to Memphis Flood Victims

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Juda Engelmayer

770-207-3042;678-234-3318

news@angelfoodministries.com


Angel Food Ministries Offers Stable Ground for Tennessee Residents to Stand On

Millington, TN (May  8th, 2010)Angel Food Ministries (www.angelfoodministries.com), an organization dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality food to those in need, is helping Tennessee Residents by creating a foundation of food assurance to stand on.

AFM is joining together with organizations and communities across the state to provide assistance to thousands of people affected by the recent flooding. Due to the exceedingly high flood waters many residents are left homeless and without any resources for food. AFM is immediately taking action and donating over 2,500 meals to the local residents and volunteers.

“As a ministry, we are here to help people with their basic needs, and we have been blessed with the ability to do even more when the time demands it. We believe it is a duty to bring relief here more than ever,” Pastor Joe, CEO of Angel Food Ministries, said.

The donations will be received by volunteers at 8:00AM-10:00AM EST at:

7664 Hwy. 51 N. Millington, TN 38053

Anyone who wishes to contact Angel Food’s services can call 1-888-819-3745 or
visit
www.angelfoodministries.com to find the nearest host site.

About Angel Food Ministries

Angel Food Ministries (www.angelfoodministries.com)
is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing financial support in the form of food relief to communities throughout the United States.  Established in 1994 to provide relief for struggling families in the Monroe, GA area, Angel Food Ministries today serves hundreds of thousands of families across 44 states. Since inception, Angel Food Ministries has fed more than 22 million Americans. In 2008, AFM provided $120 million in direct food assistance to American families.