Not long after Mother Angelica founded Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, a
Birmingham businessman with a small chain of grocery stores offered to
feed the nuns; the mostly Protestant locals gradually got used to seeing
glimpses of Franciscan nuns on their weekly shopping trips. As the order
grew, Mother Angelica asked if he could still afford to do this since
there were so many more nuns to feed. He replied that he could not afford
to stop since his grocery store chain had grown prodigiously since he
began this work of mercy.