Gluten-Free Resources Available :
The Food Bank of Western New York has had requests for information regarding gluten-free diets for those with celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder affecting both adults and children. For those diagnosed, consuming foods containing gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley and rye) damages the lining of the intestinal tract and prevents absorption of nutrients from foods. A 100% gluten-free diet is the only treatment for celiac disease today.
For the operation of a soup kitchen or if an agency prepares food for clients, it is important to educate kitchen staff about how to prevent cross contamination, and identify foods that are safe for those with celiac disease to consume.
For the operation of a food pantry, it is also important for those clients with celiac disease to be able to select foods that they are able to consume. If the food pantry is not operating with a Client Choice model of food distribution, we encourage the transition. Since many grain food items contain gluten, a designated shelf for gluten-free grain items is recommended. These gluten-free grain items would replace those in the grain food group on the Rainbow of Choice Guide.
If there are questions or if additional resources on celiac disease and gluten-free diet are needed, please contact
WNY Gluten Free Diet Support Group
P.O. Box 1835
Williamsville, NY 14231-1835
Soup Kitchen and Pantry Resources
- Celiac Disease Information
- Preparing Gluten Free Foods Safely
- Gluten Containing and Gluten Free Ingredients