ATLANTA (AP) - For more than a decade, Angel Food Ministries
seemed like a godsend for families who purchased its low-cost food
It also seemed like a godsend to the churches that shared
millions of dollars in revenue for distributing the goods.
It became an economic juggernaut in the faith community, employing hundreds, feeding thousands a month and pouring $19 million into its network of more than 5,000 host churches in 35 states.
It was founded in Monroe, about 45 miles east of Atlanta.
Now a lawsuit and an FBI raid at the group's headquarters have
raised accusations of financial mismanagement at the nonprofit.
FBI officials haven't disclosed the nature of the investigation.
Angel Food acknowledges a grand jury investigation is looking into
what it called "alleged financial irregularities" involving
unspecified individuals - but not the ministry itself.
In all, 473 Angel Food Ministries distribution centers are listed in Georgia.