The S.A.F.E. Food Pantry is finishing off October with a bang. With three events in three days, our goal to spread awareness about the need for gluten free and allergy-friendly food for those in need is truly happening.
On Thursday, October 26, Dr. Donna DeCosta from FoodASC was our featured speaker at our quarterly Food for Thought session. Her talk on The 3 E's to Empowerment: Passing the Food Allergy Baton covered the main topics to Evaluate, Educate, and Equip children who have food allergies. These tips also apply to parents of those with celiac disease and other related medical conditions as well as adults. For more information on this talk, please visit: www.foodasc.com/safe. While you are there, don’t forget to sign up to join the Food ASC community.
Our fall gluten free and allergy friendly food drive took place on Saturday, October 28 at the Giant Food in Clarksville, Maryland. We were fortunate to have sunny yet cool weather as we embarked on our quarterly community food drive. We appreciate our new and returning donors for making our food drive a success. If you would still like to donate, you can:
Also, on Saturday, October 28, our Youth Fighting Hunger team was invited to the Cel-Kids Halloween Party in Baltimore. Our youth ambassador, Lily, spoke about her experiences conducting a food drive for her bat mitzvah. We are so lucky to have Lily and her mom, Sara, as part of our team. They developed the Youth Fighting Hunger- Allergy Friendly Food Drive how-to guide and customizable flyer. Tiffany was also there to talk about the organization and food drive opportunities.
We would love to have you join our team as a food drive volunteer. There are many different opportunities:
by Libby McClayton
According to FARE, food allergies affect 1 out of every 13 children, or approximately two students per classroom. This staggering statistic, coupled with my dedication to improving the health and well-being of children and communities as a whole, sparked my interest in S.A.F.E. Food Pantry. I was drawn to S.A.F.E. Food Pantry in particular because S.A.F.E. is the only organization in the region (and one of the only organizations in the country) whose mission is to provide gluten free and allergy friendly foods to those in need.
In my past experience working in low income communities, I worked with a sizeable number of students with food allergies. Although the schools and non-profits I worked for did their best to provide nutritious allergy friendly meals for the students during their programs, there was no guarantee that after their programs ends that these students had nutritious, safe, meals at their homes. Food insecurity in children is associated with poor quality of life, which could inhibit children from fully participating in school and social activities. I am proud to serve on the board of S.A.F.E. Food Pantry where we are taking strides to help children and families in need so they live up to their full potential.
Libby McClayton serves as the Board Treasurer for the S.A.F.E. Food Pantry.
The S.A.F.E. Food Pantry is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization based in Howard County, Maryland.