Auburn, WA—Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) has formed GIG Cares, a separate nonprofit organization with the mission of fighting food insecurity while promoting gluten-free education and advocacy, according to a press release. The nonprofit will expand the work of Cutting Costs for Celiacs, a charity GIG partnered with earlier this year that previously served Wisconsin by promoting affordable gluten-free eating initiatives.
GIG Cares will offer support via a variety of programs. Chief among them: GIG Cares is providing monthly boxes of food to those in need, thanks to a financial grant from GIG and outside donations. The boxes contain Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO)-certified gluten-free products. The program is now in its third month of operation, and will expand in 2022. Information on how families can apply can be found here.
Other programs include:
- Food relief program: GIG Cares will provide food relief through partnerships with brands certified by GFCO, and Gluten-Free Food Service (GFFS), which validates hundreds of establishments in the U.S.
- Education: GIG Cares education program will focus on supporting individuals with tips and resources for living day-to-day on a gluten-free diet or who have been diagnosed with a gluten-intolerant condition.
- Volunteer advocacy: GIG Cares is committed to expanding awareness and policies in the interest of those with gluten intolerance or who choose to eat gluten-free. GIG Cares will support volunteers who are working in their communities to promote causes that support polices helpful to those living gluten-free, such as letter writing campaigns to legislators, local awareness and education opportunities.
In a survey conducted in December 2020, 79% of respondents said that the cost of gluten-free foods was their biggest challenge. Food insecurity affects one in six people who need gluten-free food.
“We look forward to continuing to work alongside our partners at GIG to build and grow the important work of GIG Cares,” said Channon Quinn, CEO of GIG Cares. “We are excited that this organization promises to be an invaluable resource to those who need additional support to afford a gluten-free life. With food insecurity increasing, especially throughout the pandemic, GIG Cares will make a positive difference to families in need with safe, nutritious gluten-free foods.”
Looking to support this mission? You can donate here.