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How to Support a Gluten-Free Food Section at Your Local Food Bank

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How to Support a Gluten-Free Food Section at Your Local Food Bank

Support Your Local Food Bank - Donate Gluten-Free Food

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The House of Neighborly Service food bank in Loveland, Colorado has become the first food bank in the nation to offer a gluten-free food section to help people struggling with the high costs of gluten-free diets.

Local activists organized the effort which serves to provide gluten-free foods to people on gluten-free diets who can't afford the high costs of gluten-free ingredients, mixes and ready-made foods.

Learn what you can do to organize, support and benefit from a gluten-free food section at your local food shelf.

Time Required: Depends on where you live!

Here's How:

  1. Find local food shelves in your area.

    Start with a google search of "food shelves in (your state.) Also check the websites of national food assistance programs like Feeding America where you can search for a food bank in your area with their "Food Bank Locator" tool.
  2. Talk to your local food bank organizers.

    Request a call for gluten-free food donations and ask that a portion of food bank cash donations be used to purchase non-perishable gluten-free flours and packaged mixes. Ask food bank organizers to post flyers at service locations asking for gluten-free food donations. Ask organizers to post a need for gluten-free food donations on their websites.
  3. Learn more about the extraordinarily high costs of gluten-free foods.

    I recently checked the price of gluten-free bread at my local grocery and found a small frozen loaf selling for over $7.00! A 7 ounce box of gluten-free crackers was selling for $5.00. How many people can afford these products in our economic downturn?

    Suggested Reading:

    The Gluten-Free Diet: Can Your Patient Afford It? Share this excellent article, written by Pam Cureton and published in Practical Gastroenterolgy, with local food bank organizers for a better understanding of the economic challenges of those on gluten-free diets.
  4. Become an activist.

    • Visit food banks in your area to promote awareness of the need for a gluten-free food section.
    • Meet with local grocery managers and gluten-free bakeries to encourage gluten-free food donations to local food banks.
  5. Do you belong to a local Celiac support organization? If so, organize a chapter donation effort by asking members to bring a non-perishable gluten-free food donation to monthly meetings for distribution to local food banks.

    Find Celiac support groups in your area.

  6. Volunteer and donate.

    Support your local food banks by volunteering your time and donate gluten-free foods or cash if you can. The growth of gluten-free food sections at local food banks across the country can become a reality, helping thousands of people struggling to afford gluten-free foods. The House of Neighborly Service in Loveland, Colorado is proof!

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