ATLANTA (AP) - Angel Food Ministries is going out of business
after 17 years of providing discounted groceries to needy families
across the country, citing the economic downturn affecting many
The multi-million dollar food nonprofit says it will cease
operations immediately, according to a statement provided to The
Angel Food was started in 1994 by pastors Joe and Linda Wingo
with 34 families in Monroe, Ga. At its height, the organization
grew through a network of churches to feed more than 500,000
families a month in 45 states. The organization ran into trouble in
2009 when the FBI searched its offices. The Wingos and one of their
sons were on staff.
Joe Wingo's reported salary in 2009 was more than $694,000.