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Gluten Free and food agencies

Updated: May 1, 2020

Food banks are often staffed with hard working volunteers who may not understand special dietary requirements for individuals who have conditions such as celiac disease or gluten disorders. We want to help bridge that gap.

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.

Food Labelling for Some Barley Based Ingredients (Updated May 15)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has recently issued an advisory to allow some food products to be sold in Canada that were previously destined for the United States market.
While health and safety related labelling requirements such as Canada’s enhanced labelling regulations for gluten sources still apply, CCA has flagged some potential issues with BARLEY. There is a potential risk that food produced in Canada but packaged and labelled for the United States might not identify barley containing ingredients, as required on food sold in Canada. Consumers and purchasers should be alert to malt and yeast extract ingredients listed on US labels. Malt is barley based. Yeast extract can be found in soups, sauces, seasoned chips and other savoury products.

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.

Food Bank Address City Province Phone Website
Calgary Meals of Wheels Calgary AB 403-243-2834 http://www.mealsonwheels.com/
Calgary Food Bank Calgary AB
Bon Accord/ Gibbons Food Bank 5016 50th Street  Gibbons, AB T0A 1N0. Edmonton AB 780-923-2344
Edmonton’s Food Bank 11508 120 Street NW Edmonton , AB T5G 2Y2 Edmonton AB 780-425-2133 http://www.edmontonsfoodbank.com/
Lamont Hamper Committee 44 Street and 50A Avenue (Alliance Church) Lamont, AB T0B 2R0 Edmonton AB 780-619-6955
Leduc & District Food Bank 6051 B 47 Street Leduc, AB T9E 6L5 Edmonton AB 780-986-5333
Morinville Food Bank 9916 104 Street Morinville, AB T8R 1S1 Edmonton AB 780-939-2636
Strathcona Food Bank 255 Kaska Road Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4E8 Edmonton AB 780-449-6413
The Olive Tree Community Centre 5002 51 Ave Lloydminster, AB T9V 0Y3 Edmonton AB 780-870-1060
Share Society Coquitlam and area BC https://sharesociety.ca/share-food-bank
Richmond Food Bank Richmond BC http://richmondfoodbank.org
Winnipeg Harvest Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg MB 204-982-3663 www.winnipegharvest.org
Partners In Mission Foodbank 140 Hickson Ave. Kingston ON 613 544-4534 https://www.kingstonfoodbank.ca/
Martha’s Table 629 Princess Street Kingston ON
Lionhearts Skelton Park 30 Alma Street Kingston ON
Lunch By George 129 Wellington Street Kingston ON
Salvation Army  342 Patrick Street. Kingston ON 613 548-4411
St. Mary’s Cathedral 260 Brock Street Kingston ON
St. Vincent de Paul 85 Stephen Street Kingston ON
South Frontenac Services/Sydenham Food Bank Kingston ON 613 376-6477  https://www.sfcsc.ca/food-services
Eden Food for Change Mississauga ON 905-508-4761 https://edenffc.org/
Richmond Hill Community Food Bank Toronto ON 905-785-3651
The Upper Room Ministries Food Bank Charlottetown, PEI Charlottetown PEI https://www.urhm.org/
Salvation Army Food Bank 299 Pope Road, Summerside, PE Summerside PEI 905-436-6044

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