Hurricane Relief for Celiac & Food Allergies
My heart is so heavy for those suffering through the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, and now for those facing Hurricane Irma as it makes its way toward Florida.
Those forced into shelters with no belongings may encounter difficulties in eating grain free (or avoiding food allergens) if they need to.
While some people may think that eating this way is a choice, it definitely isn’t for me, nor for countless others. I would struggle in this type of situation; I suffer adverse physical effects if I eat grains or soy (and a crumb of gluten truly has lasting impact on my health). I’ve found out that the Red Cross offers a few gluten-free options, but I wouldn’t be able to eat them due to the ingredients.
How to Help
The good news is that there is a task force working on this very issue! They have become the hub for where to send product and cash donations, specifically targeted for those suffering with food allergies & Celiac Disease. Even better, 100% of the funds donated go directly to supply gluten-free foods to those who need them. If you’d like to consider making a donation, please find the details on the NCA website at this page:
Preparation is Key!
If nothing else, this is a reminder to me personally to be better prepared for emergencies. I like to have some emergency foods prepared and stocked, but it requires some planning and preparation. The good part about preparing this way is that if I don’t use the foods within a year, I just eat them and then make new. Setting aside a day to work on this each fall brings me peace of mind. I include dried fruits and veggies, herbs, and I make my own beef jerky with this recipe I posted on Stuffed Pepper’s website: https://www.stuffed-pepper.com/ginger-teriyaki-beef-jerky-grain-free-paleo/
What steps do you take to handle your dietary lifestyle in an emergency?
-Jen of the GGF Gourmet