Sending Gluten-Free Food to Folks Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
Please see updates at the bottom of post
This morning Chad from the San Antonio Food Bank called me. https://safoodbank.org/
The food bank is able to accept food donations by mail. They are aware of the necessity of gluten-free food for folks with celiac disease and NCGS.
If you would like to donate food:
- Please send non-perishable gluten-free food: Some possibilities include breakfast cereal, shelf-stable bread, such as Schar (please do not send food that must be kept in the freezer/fridge), Sun butter, snack bars, packages of dried fruit, shelf-stable meals, such as Tasty Bite, etc. The food bank does not have any special requests, as they are in need of most everything. (Note: they have an ample supply of shelf-stable “milk” of all kinds, including soy etc.).
- Please mark the outside of the box “Disaster Relief/Gluten-Free Food” in large bright letters. These boxes will be kept separate from other food donations and will be sent to where they are needed as requests are received.
- Please send your box to:
San Antonio Food Bank
5200 Enrique M. Barrera Parkway
San Antonio, Texas 78227
I will also be contacting Amazon and Vitacost to see whether they can somehow mark boxes as containing gluten-free food.
Gluten Free Watchdog will be sending food to Texas.
I will continue to provide updates.
Update 1 (Aug 31): I just spoke again with Laurie of the North Texas Food Bank. As food banks in other areas are able to accept donations via mail, she will let me know. A big issue is that mail delivery is not possible in many areas including to the Houston Food Bank at this time. Sept 2: Janet Rinehart of the Houston Celiac Support Group told me via email that mail delivery in her area started up again yesterday. She believes the GCCSA can accept food donations by mail. I will post additional information after contacting the food bank.
Update 2 (Sept 1): This information comes from a member of the GFWD community: If ordering from Thrive Market, they will place a memo on the shipping label. If you have a Thrive Market account, place the order as a gift order and then contact them and request the memo to be placed on the shipping label. They can’t label outside of the box otherwise.
Memo on shipping label Gluten Free Food Disaster Relief
Update 3 (Sept 1): This information comes from a member of the GFWD community: If ordering food via phone from Vitacost, they will include Disaster Relief Gluten Free Food in the address line of the shipping label. I have notified Chad at SAFB.
Update 4 (Sept 2): Manufacturers, if you would like to donate food, please consider working with the National Celiac Association’s Gluten-Free Food Bank. They are coordinating gluten-free product donations. For more information see http://celiaccommunity.org/2017/hurricane-relief/.
Update 5 (Sept 4): Individuals, if you would like to make a monetary donation, please consider donating through the National Celiac Association. All monetary donations made through NCA will go towards providing gluten-free food to folks in Texas. For more information see https://www.nationalceliac.org/help-for-houston/