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.