The New England Celiac Organization is excited to announce it has taken over The Gluten-Free Food Bank. Learn more about our mission below, and find out how you can help.
What is the Gluten-Free Food Bank?
The Gluten-Free Food Bank provides gluten-free food assistance to individuals across Eastern Massachusetts who have a medical need for gluten-free food but who struggle to afford this expensive diet.
Gluten-free food is often four to six times as expensive as the regular equivalent. This means that for some individuals and families a medical diagnosis requiring a gluten-free diet can lead to a severe strain on financial resources. Gluten-free food is rarely available at food pantries, leaving few options for getting affordable, safe hunger relief.
“My nine year old daughter… was recently diagnosed with Celiac. The prices are so expensive for these products. We are a family of 5 and shopping for 2 different lists is tough and costly.” Gluten Free Food Bank Client
With the help of our sponsors, volunteers, and donations from the New England community, we distribute gluten-free foods to pantries across Eastern Massachusetts.
“There is no single greater contribution than to feed another human being, particularly a person with restricted diet due to allergies.”Dr. Wendie Trubow, president of NECO
Ways to Help
From donations to volunteerism to sponsorship, you can make a difference for Massachusetts residents in need of gluten-free food assistance. Click here to see a full list of our generous supporters.
“Being able to afford safe, gluten-free food is a challenge for many people with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. By providing safe food through the Gluten-Free Food Bank, NECO is providing a vital service to less fortunate members of our celiac community, which is well worth our support.”Susie Flaherty, Center for Celiac Research and Treatment, MGH for Children