Food Insecurity and celiac disease
During this difficult time, people with celiac disease may find themselves losing their jobs, facing financial challenges and need to access a local food bank or service agency.
It is important that individuals self-advocate to ensure they stay safe and healthy. We’ve provided some tips to help empower your journey.
- Tell your food agency/service that you have been diagnosed celiac and you can only have foods that are gluten free
- Do not accept products that contain gluten. Explain how serious your symptoms can be and how the constant damage to your small intestine will impact your health over time
- Request a copy of CCA’s new labelling guideline give to the service agency. Walk them through what is safe for you. Click here.
- Offer to review the food labels. It will help educate the service providers and give you assurance that the food is safe.
- Ask the service agency to set aside gluten-free items for you and others in a designated area especially flours or items that may more easily get cross-contacted
- Ask them to post a sign that gluten-free food is available upon request
- Let your local CCA Chapter or National office know if you have trouble getting gluten-free products. We can contact agencies, national food producers or encourage individual donations.
Food Banks and Agencies
Health Canada has recently issued an interim order that people who require special diets, such as gluten free because of celiac disease, MUST be accomodated. Let our team assist your food bank with resources and information.
CCA recently connected Only Oats with Eden Food for Change with a large supply of gluten-free oats. We have suppliers ready to offer donations and supply, plesae contact either Jaya Mootoo or Melissa Secord.