Foods that are gluten free and allergy friendly are 2-4 times more expensive than the typical grocery items and almost impossible to find in local food pantries. No one knows this better than Claire* who has celiac disease and other food intolerances. She receives a modest $15 per month in FSP (Food Supplement Program) benefits to aid her in purchasing gluten free and allergy friendly food. Step into Claire’s shoes and experience what it is like to choose between hunger and eating something that will make her ill.
Claire is now able to find gluten-free food at the Howard County Food Bank during her monthly visits thanks to generous donors like you. “It used to be next to impossible to find safe food at the Food Bank. I would leave there with a small bag of items and go home to bare cupboards, while other people left with grocery carts full of food. Then, I would have to wait another month to return to see if there was anything I could eat. I am grateful for S.A.F.E. Food Pantry since I can now find food that works for me. S.A.F.E. is a real blessing for me.”
Financial contributions help people like Claire obtain the gluten free and allergy friendly food that they need to thrive. Help us assist more clients with gluten free and allergy friendly food with a donation today.
* Client name changed to protect privacy
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:
We may never meet in person, but we know a lot about who you are. You are a thoughtful person who cares about others in need. You are a generous person who shares your blessings gladly. You are a person committed to make this world a better place. For being who you are, we love you!
Your friends at S.A.F.E.
Due to the generosity of our amazing donors, we were able to collect over 135 pounds of gluten free and allergy friendly food at the Giant Food in Clarksville on Saturday, October 29. The food will be split between our partners, the Howard County Food Bank and Bridgeway Community Cupboard as we work with these two organizations to provide safe food in the community.
It’s not too late to donate gluten free and allergy friendly food! One Dish Cuisine located in Ellicott City is a permanent food collection point during their business hours. Look for the sealed, plastic tote in the front of the café.
Another option for donating food is through our basket program where we do the shopping for you. Help families in need who struggle with food allergies, celiac disease, and similar health issues eat safely by purchasing gluten free and allergy friendly food baskets:
$10 Gluten Free Pasta Meal
• Nature’s Promise Gluten Free Pasta
• Schar Gluten Free Rolls
• Francesco Rinaldi’s Zesty Tomato Sauce
$10 Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Holiday Sides
• 3 Giant Canned Vegetables
• Giant Applesauce
• Schar Gluten Free Rolls
$20 Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Holiday Sides Deluxe
• 6 Giant Canned Vegetables
• Giant Brown Rice
• Giant Dried Beans
• Giant Applesauce
• Bob’s Red Mill Cornbread Mix
• Giant Coconut Oil
• Nature’s Promise Dairy Free Milk
Please indicate in the comments which basket(s) you would like to donate.
Thank you for your continued support! We look forward to announcing our Winter Food Drive date soon.
We often think that disasters happen in other places, but we have recently learned that is just not true. The devastation in our very own community has been beyond comprehension. The lives of so many people changed forever on that July 30, 2016 evening in Ellicott City.
As with any nonprofit organization, we need you in order to serve our community. If you would like to help us with our mission to provide gluten free and allergy friendly food to those in need, you can, in no particular order:
We are so grateful to everyone who was able to donate food or money for our first food drive on Saturday, May 7 at the Giant Food in the Village of River Hill. Thank you to the generosity of our Food Warriors, we were able to collect over 126 pounds of gluten free and allergy friendly food for the Howard County Food Bank.
The food drive kicks off our new partnership with the Howard County Food Bank, a program of the Community Action Council of Howard County. With the assistance of Advisory Council member, Maureen Burke, owner of One Dish Cuisine, we will be working with them to provide safe food options for our neighbors in need.
Speaking of One Dish Cuisine, they will be serving as a permanent collection point for gluten free and allergy friendly food. Look for the clear, plastic bin by the front door of their business. You can drop off food donations during One Dish Cuisine's business hours. Financial contributions to the S.A.F.E. Food Pantry can be made on our website.
We have a lot of exciting events coming up in June. Visit our Calendar of Events for more information. We will be announcing another food drive soon.
2015 has been an amazing year as the S.A.F.E. Food Pantry volunteers worked behind the scenes to build a strong nonprofit organization. We are looking forward to an incredible 2016 with new programs and partnerships.
Our volunteers are the heart of the organization. The time that they so generously donate gives us the ability to help others without the administrative expenses. Our Board of Directors, Advisory Council members, and specialized volunteers provide countless hours to propel this organization to the next level.
Another key part of our organization is the donors. This year we have be blessed with generous donations from businesses and individuals who believe in our mission. Our donors are spotlighted in the Donor Hall of Fame.
Although we have made good progress this year, it will take a lot more to open our first gluten free and allergy friendly food pantry in 2016. Please stay tuned as we continue to seek volunteers, contributors, and donors in this new year and make some awesome things happen in our community.
The S.A.F.E. Food Pantry is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization based in Howard County, Maryland.