It’s rough getting groceries these days! You never know what you’ll see or miss at the supermarket. One day it’s bread, the next it’s chicken! And, those empty shelves can be a little disheartening. It is even worse when you rely on a specific product to keep you safe and out of the hospital.
While most consumers can get by with a different brand here and there, families with food allergies can’t. They depend heavily on specific brands and products to keep them fed and safe from experiencing a severe allergic reaction called, anaphylaxis. “Free-from foods” are often in smaller supply than their regular counterparts without a global pandemic. Because many consumers are buying in bulk (or sometimes panic buying) as they shelter-in-place, it often means food allergy-friendly essentials are unavailable to those whose health depends on them.
Let’s take a look at how to get the food you or your family needs as they STAY HOME and shelter-in-place:
Good tip: Some companies are running a little behind on shipment (only a week) so order BEFORE you need something urgently.
We’ve noticed that some big box stores are selling certain free-from items online and are willing to ship things like gluten-free pastas (whereas boxes of regular pasta are often “in-store only” products). It’s worth taking a quick peek at these sites if you need a product more urgently since they tend to ship food fairly quickly.
Cold products (those that need to be refrigerated or frozen) are best purchased directly at the store or through a local delivery service (such as Instacart, PeaPod, etc).
Some items that are hard to find in person, are easy to find online. Some free-from/allergy-friendly brands are shipping directly to their customers. Look at all the manufacturers who are working overtime to ensure you get the products you need!
If you’re looking for a big or little treat, why not try a food allergy-friendly bakery? Some are local (for pick up) and others you can order online. Here’s Allergy Shmallergy’s list of Allergy Friendly Bakeries.
Allergic Living also compiled an excellent list of how manufacturers are handling the increased need for their products during the coronavirus – read here.
(Do you have a free-from product you’ve been purchasing directly? Leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list for other families!)
Schar – offers gluten-free products including breads, snacks and pasta
Enjoy Life – offers products free from the Top 14 allergens! Enjoy Life makes snack foods as well as baking supplies (chocolate chips, flour, pizza flour, etc).
Vermont Nut Free Chocolate – this feels critical to me! I’ve already had enough chocolate to become a living, breathing chocolate Easter bunny.
Namaste – recommended by a baker, this is a great resource for gluten-free and allergy-friendly baking and waffle mixes, soups and pasta mixes.
Made Good – known for their granola bars and cookies, Made Good is currently offering 35% off plus free shipping!
Ener-G – Known widely for its egg-free egg replacer and gluten-free products.
WowButter – a tree nut and peanut-free sunflower butter now ships directly!
The Gluten and Grain-Free Gourmet – offers gluten, dairy and soy-free products. Paleo friendly.
Safely Delicious – snacks that are free from gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, soy, and egg PLUS they are donating a portion of their proceeds to SpokinCares and Food Equality Initiative.
Eleni’s New York – the delicious, safe nut-free cookies can be delivered right to your door!!
The Gluten-Free Bar – selling gluten-free granola bars and bites! On sale now…. stock up!
Cherrybrook Kitchen – their gluten, dairy, peanut, nut-free baking and breakfast mixes have been a staple of many pantries.
No Whey Chocolates – Chocaholics rejoice. These are dairy, peanut, tree nut and soy-free.
ZEGO Foods – These healthy bars and mix-ins are full of the good stuff with none of the allergens. For real – they are free of the Top 14 (check out their allergen statement!)
OWYN – selling plant-based protein drinks as well as dairy-free milk!
Kate’s Safe and Sweet – free from peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish, dairy and eggs (as well as pea, legume, sesame, chickpea and coconut-free!), Kate’s cake mixes, frosting, food coloring and accessories ship quickly straight to you!
Senza Gluten – This 100% gluten-free restaurant and bakery in NYC is closed through May 1st, but lucky for us they ship!
Kips – Who doesn’t love Top 8 free granola bark?! Free from peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish.
Baked Cravings – Too many amazing tree nut and peanut free treats to name! Ships nationally!
Simple Kneads – Small batch baked goods in a dedicated gluten-free facility. I can smell the bread from here!
Partake Foods – Makers of delicious gluten-free, vegan (dairy and egg-free) cookies.
But wait, there’s more!
Should you need an epinephrine auto-injector refill and wish to avoid the pharmacy, remember that many pharmacies are delivering prescriptions free of charge. And, Auvi-Q continues to serve patients through its excellent home delivery program that ships straight to your door!