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Apr 13, 2022

The topic of Food Security is one that I speak about often with others in leadership roles in Canada’s gluten free community.  I thought I’d bring some of those conversations to the podcast.  First, I speak with Jessica Danford who has devoted a great deal of time and energy into getting gluten free food into the hands of those who need it, but are not able to afford it.  Jessica explains how to work with food banks and some of the complications they might be facing.  Jess was recently featured as an author in the book “She Moves Mountains”, which can be purchased at most book sellers.  You can also connect with Jess on Instagram @Jessicadanford.  I also talk about Bev Ruffo, who is from the Hamilton area.  There is no longer a CCA chapter in Hamilton, but Bev still keeps in touch with some of her celiac friends and they decided to get involved with gluten free food collection.  They even appeared at the recent Gluten Free Goodness Expo to accept food donations and have attendees sign a petition for the CCA – well done!

I round out this episode with a discussion about the extraordinary efforts being made by the Manitoba Chapter of the CCA.  The President of the Chapter, Christa Dubesky, tells me how their group got involved with a food bank umbrella organization to prepare hampers for the gluten free clients.  Not only did they prepare hampers, they took on the job of getting donations, for most of the food.  If you would like to help out their efforts you can leave a message at their chapter office at (204) 772-6979 or refer to their website and follow the donations link.

I’m looking forward to attending the Gluten Free Garage in Toronto on May 29th, where Jessica and I will be at the CCA tent to accept food donations.  If you’ll be in Toronto at that time, we’d love to have you show up.  You can find out more at

You can find out more about the CCA Save Me For Gluten Free Program at


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