Food ministries change name

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer

Outreach food ministries in Portales and Clovis have changed providers and will no longer operate under the name Angel Food Ministries.

The Portales program is now called the First Baptist Church Food Ministry. The Clovis program will operate as Fruitful Spirit Ministries.

The ministries offer discounted food packages that include meat, fruits and vegetables and bread, officials said.

There are no income restrictions. Orders must be placed in advance.

Ministry officials said the name changes are because the ministries changed food providers.

The programs were receiving the food from Angel Food Ministries located in Georgia, but because of cost and delivery issues the ministries switched to Providers Pantry of Lubbock.

“Future transportation cost and the time it takes the food to get from Georgia to Portales is the main reason for the change,” said Portales director Mary Jane Simpson.

Another reason for the switch was because of communication problems with the Georgia based provider, said Fruitful Spirits Ministries board member Mike Grissom.

Simpson said she became director of the Portales food program in October of 2007, and the number of people enrolled varies.

“The program was started to help save families money will providing them with quality food,” Simpson said.

In the beginning there were more than 100 members a month and now there are 70 to 100, Simpson said.

First Baptist Church Food Ministry is offering a meat only package that costs from $15 to $22, Simpson.

In Portales the orders should be placed at the First Baptist Church office on 100 South Avenue I and the Fellowship Hall.

In Clovis the orders should be placed at the Fruitful Spirit Ministries at 5100 North Prince Street.