Unique challenges for people with food intolerance
Celiac disease affects about 1% of the U.S. population, but up to 20% of people experience a food intolerance that requires a special diet (e.g. gluten-free, low FODMAP, wheat free, etc.) to maintain health and avoid digestive upset (3). Purchasing foods to accommodate these specialized diets is often a financial burden for families. In fact, one recent study found that gluten-free foods are up to 183% more expensive than similar gluten-containing products (4).
Food made for people with special dietary needs, including gluten-free food, can also more difficult to find in a food bank or soup kitchen, particularly in rural areas. While many food companies make donations on a regular basis, the demand does not always meet the need, and availability is inconsistent.
How Schär is supporting food insecure families
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- Lee AR, Wolf RL, Lebwohl B, Ciaccio EJ, Green PHR. Persistent Economic Burden of the Gluten Free Diet. Nutrients. 2019 Feb 14; 11(2):399. doi: 10.3390/nu11020399. PMID: 30769836; PMCID: PMC6412592