What is the Gluten-Free Food Bank?

The Gluten-Free Food Bank is a division of the National Celiac Association. Our primary focus includes soliciting food donations and financial support to:

  • Provide education related to the needs of financially vulnerable individuals with a medical requirement to eat gluten-free (GF) at individual, local, state and federal levels.
  • Advocate for the provision of GF food assistance for individuals struggling to afford their medically necessary GF diet at individual, local, state and federal levels.
  • Distribute GF food staples to partner food pantries in Massachusetts.
  • Where possible, help other individuals connect with local food assistance resources throughout the nation.
We primarily rely on donated food items and therefore our ability to distribute food is dependent on our current level of donations.

Specialized GF food products (such as bread and pasta) are often much more expensive than the gluten-containing equivalent. This means that for some individuals and families a medical diagnosis requiring a GF diet can lead to a severe strain on financial resources. Specialized GF food is rarely available at food pantries, leaving few options for getting affordable, safe hunger relief.

“My nine year old daughter… was recently diagnosed with Celiac. The prices are so expensive for these products. We are a family of 5 and shopping for 2 different lists is tough and costly.” Gluten-Free Food Bank Client

Partner Food Pantries

View the current list of partner pantries in Massachusetts.

Supporters

View a full list of our generous corporate supporters.

Food Assistance Resources

View GF food assistance resources, including guides to providing GF food and a searchable database of food pantries where you may be able to find GF food.

Connect with Us

Mailing Address:
The Gluten Free Food Bank
20 Pickering St
Needham, MA 02492
NOTE: Shipping address provided upon request.

Email: glutenfreefoodbank@nationalceliac.org

“Being able to afford safe, gluten-free food is a challenge for many people with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. By providing safe food through the Gluten-Free Food Bank, NCA is providing a vital service to less fortunate members of our celiac community, which is well worth our support.”Susie Flaherty, Center for Celiac Research and Treatment, MGH for Children