With the holidays upon us, gratefulness should be at the forefront of our minds. It’s certainly on mine. And, while I am so thankful for so many things, I can’t help but think of those who may be enduring hardship.
In 2013 (and each year since), my sons and I have volunteered at a food assistance center in our area. As I detail in my original post, Thankful (Nov. 2013), my eldest son – who is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds and dairy – took me aside as we were sorting donations. “I couldn’t make a meal out of anything in here,” he whispered. He was concerned that if a kid like him had to rely on a food pantry for his or her meals, they’d leave hungry. In reality, his worry is not unfounded. Food insecure families with food allergies are forced to make difficult decisions every day.
So, let’s try to make things a little easier for those with food allergies who are in need this holiday season. If you can, I encourage you all to donate food allergy-friendly food to your local food pantry or regional food bank. When you do, please attach the forms below to request that your donation be set aside for another food allergy family or individual.
And, if you or someone you know works at a food pantry, please ask them to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to work with local and regional pantries to help them support food allergy families year-round.
Some Suggested Items to Donate
- Sunbutter, Soynut Butter, Wowbutter, or other alternative to peanut butter
- Gluten-free Pasta
- Dairy-free, long shelf-life Soy, Rice or Coconut Milk
- Rice or Corn-based Cereal
- Gluten-free cereal and oatmeal
- Rice-based meals
- Ener-G Egg Replacer
- Gluten-free, dairy-free or egg-free baking mixes (muffins, etc)