Posted by: mollyrossiter | March 2, 2009

Angel Food’s political brouhaha

So it’s come to this: two members of the board of the Angel Food Ministries food purchase program have filed a lawsuit to keep founders Joe and Linda Wingo and their family away from the ministry and its money. The Wingos, and certain Angel Food staffers who support them, claim the lawsuit is frivolous and nothing more than the prodigal son wanting to stake his claim.

According to stories in the Atlanta Journal Constitution the lawsuit claims the Wingo family has “enriched themselves by millions of dollars through sweetheart deals, kickbacks from grocery vendors and using company credit cards to buy personal items.”

FBI and IRS officials last month served search warrants on the program’s national headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. While no word has been released on what the warrants were targeting, an Angel Food spokesman said he believed the agencies were looking for information pertaining to a specific individual or individuals and not the ministry itself.

Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit organization started by the Wingos in 1994 to allow people who had been laid off to purchase a quantity of groceries at a discounted price. The program started in the Monroe, Ga., area but is now national. Families, regardless of size or income, can purchase a box of food valued at around $60 for just $30.

There are nearly two dozen churches in Linn and Johnson counties serving as Angel Food Ministries distribution sites.



  1. My church is feeding about 80 families a month because of Angel Food Ministries. Volunteers from my church give up half a Saturday each month to distribute groceries. For us, this is not a sacrifice at all, but a joy. We get to bless people with food, we talk and pray with them, and people become encouraged. I can tell you that God is using Angel Food. The right attitude now is to be careful not to let your tongue or your written words “stir up dissension among brothers” (this is one of the six things the Lord hates, see Proverbs 6:19). Remember that Angel Food is effective in helping people in a time of real need. The right thing is to pray for Angel Food.

    March 6, 2009, Monroe, GA: A lawsuit filed last Friday in the Walton County Superior Court by two former board members of Angel Food Ministries that sought to have the Wingo family removed from the helm and from the premises of the organization, was dismissed today.

    At a brief hearing before Superior Court Judge John M. Ott, an agreement was reached and the suit was dismissed. Joseph Wingo remains the chairman and CEO and the Wingo family, who founded the ministry and devoted their lives to see it grow, remain at the helm.

    Further details of the agreement will be released at a later date.

    Amidst the news of the lawsuit, Angel Food Ministries continued to feed anyone who asks, reaching a milestone February 2009, distributing 530 thousand food boxes. It will continue serving a crucial need, feeding anyone who asks.

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