A local church is partnering with OneHarvest, a faith-based nonprofit organization that orders food in bulk from manufacturers and distributors directly to customers at a low price.
Katherine Peebles, partner site director for Shiloh United Methodist Church in Appling, said she is taking orders now for food that will be delivered in bulk as part of the church’s food ministry. One Saturday each month, Shiloh volunteers meet up at 5 a.m. to bring the food boxes back from Augusta for local families.
Peebles said the food boxes, which cover all of the food groups except dairy, can include chicken, beef and pork, kid-friendly meals, express meals, like microwave dinners and vegetables, too.
“I know there’s a lot of families that struggle, you know, and they don’t buy good food to feed their families because they can’t afford it,” she said. “If they could order this 10-pound box of chicken breast or whatever ,that would give their family almost a month of meat.”
Prices range from $37.50 to $46 a box and can be ordered online through OneHarvest and then picked up at a church near them, Peebles said. She also said there are no restrictions or limitations to the amount of times you can order and who can order. She said anyone could order, especially if they want to save on groceries.
Anne Walden, who just started purchasing from OneHarvest, said the program is very reasonable and convenient for her.
“I’m very happy with it,” Walden said. “When you can get a box of meat for 20 something dollars and split it up, that’s a pretty good deal.”
Walden said the pickup process is also fairly easy and you’re out of the door in no time.
“Where are you going to get a deal like that to feed your family and it is good food, I mean this is not crap stuff that nobody else wanted,” she said.