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Food Banks are Becoming Aware of Gluten Free Foods

13 Nov

It’s not unusual for food banks to put out calls for donations, but now the  Calgary Food Bank is seeking out a product that’s become more common recently – gluten-free food.

Heather Anderson needs to eat gluten-free food because  she has celiac disease.  Her condition means if she consumes gluten – a protein  found in grains like wheat and barley – her body won’t be able to absorb  carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals.

“I hadn’t been well  and we were living on one income and I had to come to the food bank and my  husband, who’s pretty proud, he’s the one who came to pick up the hamper, came  home and I went through it and realized there was really nothing I could eat,”  she told Global News.

Heather  brought the issue to the Calgary Food Bank’s attention, and as a result, the  organization unofficially launched one of Canada’s first celiac hamper programs  about two years ago. In that time, it has been educating donors and volunteers  on the need for gluten-free options.  But the demand for these products  have risen, and now it wants people to be aware of the need for donations

Read it on Global News:  It’ s not unusual for food banks to put out calls for donations, but now the Calgary Food Bank is seeking out a product that’ s become more common recently – gluten-free food.

I think this level of awareness is a must. CD is a disease! This is not something patients should treat lightly. I don’t know if such a level of awareness has trickled down to the states. We need to organize and we need to do it fast!

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