Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gluten Free Holiday Food Drive Update

The results are in from the Gluten Free Holiday Food Drive!  Thank you to everyone who participated in this Gluten Free Holiday Food Drive by donating gluten free nonperishable items for the new Tampa Gluten Free Food Pantry at Metropolitan Ministries!

According to Metropolitan Ministries, each full food barrel is estimated to be about 125 pounds of food.  We donated an equivalent of 3 food barrels or 375 pounds of gluten free food!  That is a great start to the Tampa Gluten Free Food Pantry!  The shelves are now well stocked and ready for any gluten free families in need who are struggling and need some help.  We are hoping that this food will help families in need who need to eat gluten free because of Gluten Intolerance, Celiac Disease, Food allergies, Crohn's Disease, or Autism.  If you know of a gluten free family in need, please let them know about the new Tampa Gluten Free Food Pantry!

We would like to again thank Nutrition S'Mart of Wesley Chapel, Nutrition S'Mart of Tampa (Carrollwood), Whole Foods of South Tampa, and Rollin Oats of South Tampa for letting us place food barrels in their stores throughout this Gluten Free Holiday Food Drive.  This would not have been possible without their support! 

 We will be doing another Gluten Free Food Drive in March in partnership with Gluten Free For Life in Largo at their Gluten Free Food Expo.  We will need volunteers to help with this as it gets closer.  We will also continue to ask for Gluten Free companies to donate gluten free food on a year-round basis, since we know that hunger knows no season.  Hunger continues long after the Christmas and Chanukah decorations have been put away.