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CCA launches new community-based gluten-free food initiative in time for the holiday season

December 10, 2020

This year the holiday season will be more challenging than ever before with more people finding themselves food insecure. For people who have celiac disease, the issue is even more acute because of the difficulty of getting access to safe gluten-free food. Too often, when a person visits a food bank or agency, they are given food that they cannot consume. In addition, when gluten-free food is donated, except for some noted cases below, it is often bundled in with all of the other gluten-filled products and handed out to anyone, not just those who need it.  It is simply due to a lack of awareness and understanding among the general population and volunteers who work at food banks. It is a waste of donated resources and time for everyone. CCA is hoping with help from the gluten-free community that we can bridge this gap and help people who often fall through the cracks.

This holiday season with the launch of its annual Holiday Survival Guide, CCA is urging the gluten-free community to support its own by shopping for gluten-free items and donating them to a local food bank in a way that the food will be saved for them in a campaign called, Save Me For Gluten-Free (#SaveMe4GlutenFree). This year’s guide is filled with additional resources because of this year’s unique challenges.

It’s Easy to Help – as long as you know how to shop for gluten-free food!

Watch this video or follow the steps below!

 



For people with celiac disease, gluten-free food is a MUST, not a lifestyle choice. For these individuals, even the smallest amount of gluten can damage their small intestines and cause a chain reaction within their bodies as it creates an autoimmune response which overtime can cause lasting damage and serious health implications.

Food Banks List and Agency Support

CCA and it’s independent chapter organizations are pleased to offer this list of local food banks and agencies across Canada to identify locations that are able to provide with confidence gluten-free food to those in need. Please check with the agency on services provided and verify ability to provide gluten free as the ability to provide food may change daily or weekly.

If you are a food bank that is offering gluten-free food and would like to be added to this growing list, contact info@celiac.ca.

Federal support for gluten free (Updated May 7)

Increased funding is available to food banks and other agencies to help support the purchase of gluten-free foods. Please consult with the Government of Canada website: here.

Resources for Food Banks

Donating Gluten-free Food to Food Banks

When donating gluten-free food to a food bank, ask in advance if the food will be set aside or saved for families or individuals who require this special dietary food. In some cases, GF food is mixed in with other foods or staff may not understand how food labelling works for those with special diets. If they are unable to guarantee GF food, please encourage them to reach out to CCA for assistance with education, resources and suppliers.

Click below for a list of food banks offering gluten-free food.

Food Banks offering gluten-free food(Updated Spring 2020)

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