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Food Insecurity and celiac disease

Are you food insecure? It is important that individuals with celiac disease self-advocate to ensure they stay safe and healthy.  We’ve provided some tips to help empower your journey.

Need more help? Contact our Client Support Desk at clientsupport@celiac.ca

CCA is bringing gluten free food to those in need.

COVID-19 has made the issue of hunger greater 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 with celiac disease 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  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.

CCA and its Lead Partner Glutino are urging Canadians to:

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.

 

Resources for Food Banks

 

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Listen in as Sue Jennett speaks with Jessica Danford about food insecurity.  In the light of the current corona virus situation in Canada which has led to many job losses, Jess has an insightful view of the struggles of those on a gluten free diet, who for whatever reasons are having trouble affording the safe food they need.  We talk about the problems and Jess suggests some things we can all do to help.  Jess has a GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/gfreewifeyfoodbank. Sue also speaks with Melissa Secord, Executive Director of the Canadian Celiac Association about their efforts to meet the urgent needs of celiacs during this difficult time.

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