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Gluten-Free Pantry Fund

In support of people in the community with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance who are unable to afford food

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Established: 2020

Background

Amidst COVID-19, it became clear that individuals with Celiac or gluten intolerance in the Dartmouth North community were struggling to afford safe gluten-free food.

For those living with Celiac Disease, they understand all-too-well the high cost of groceries, and the challenges of managing a 100% gluten-free diet. Due to COVID-19, employment for many of these people has been reduced or elimintaed, making it even more challenging financially to access safe GF foods. This is happening in communities across Nova Scotia, and all over Canada.

Purpose

In response, the Gluten-Free Pantry Fund was established to help mitigate this situation now and in the long term. The funds raised will be used for both short and long-term solutions, including:

Short-term Solutions

  • Fulfill immediate needs for those with GF diets with long shelf-life items
  • Set up a Gluten-Free Food Pantry in an existing space in partnership with existing Food Bank, community hall, or school
  • Ensure the location is accessible by transit
  • Volunteer(s) from GF Community to staff and run the GF Pantry

Long-term Solutions

  • Advocate for immediate tax reform (currently individuals have to collect receipts all year then calculate cost difference between GF and non-GF groceries)
  • Advocate for an increase in financial assistance for those in need
  • Advocate for pan-provincial support through Feed NS
  • Advocate for basic universal income
  • Teach basic GF cooking and share recipes which will reduce the purchase cost of GF food dramatically

Community Partners

COVID Food Insecurity Stats

 

If you would like to donate to this fund, donations of up to $500 can be made through CanadaHelps.

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For donations over $500, please contact the CFNS office.

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