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Donations Help Food Banks Stock Gluten-free Items for People with Celiac Disease

Celiac.com 07/11/2012 - Sometimes, it's the small, local stories that help to capture the larger picture. More and more, community food banks are making efforts to accommodate people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance by stocking gluten-free foods. However, many of those food banks are tight on funds and shelf space, so finding the right balance between the needs of the majority of their clients and the few who need gluten-free foods can be a challenge.

Photo: CC--Steve RhodeRecently, the Pictou County Celiac Support Group in Pictou County, Nova Scotia sought to help tip that balance with a $500 donation to the local food bank. The donation will help to ensure that the food bank will have gluten-free food available for people who need it.

After being diagnosed with the disease 10 years ago, Kim McInnis of Trenton went on to found the Pictou County Celiac Support Group. She notes that more and more people are diagnosed with celiac disease each day, and that she plans to work with the food bank to help volunteers make the right selection of foods for the bank.

"If I lost my job tomorrow and had to go to the food bank," says McGinnis, "I don't think there is anything I can eat there right now. We just want to help people get the food they need."

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Eliminating gluten may seem easy enough to people who do not have celiac disease, but to those learning about it for the first time, the process of eating right and getting the proper foods can be overwhelming, McGinnis says.

Food bank director, Tom Foley, said signs will be placed in the food bank to let people know that gluten-free products are available and it will also be updating its database to determine how many of its clients need such foods.

In addition to the recent donation, the Pictou County Celiac Support Group will also be hosting its annual walk on May 27 from 1-3 p.m. at the Parkdale track.

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Kay
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16 Jul 2012 12:24:16 PM PDT
This is great! I have wondered about those of us who must eat gluten-free when disasters strike and the good people prepare meals for the masses. That food is not generally gluten-free.

 
Barb
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16 Jul 2012 2:38:49 PM PDT
I got to a pantry and I can't eat any of the grains or processed stuff they give out. I generally keep to the fresh stuff now and frozen plain foods.

The same issue is here locally.

 
Elizabeth
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13 Dec 2012 11:53:47 AM PDT
Hey everyone. I have a question maybe you could assist me with answering. I work for a non profit which helps seniors get assistance to better their quality of life. I've recently come across a senior who has celiac disease and a dairy allergy. She is struggling to purchase food that is specialty since her income is limited. Does anyone know of any programs that could help her by providing food vouchers or the donation of food that is gluten and dairy free? Thank you so much for your help!!

 
Mark Brandes
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I thought the article was very informative.




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