I picked the title “disaster kitchen” not because of natural disasters but because of the usual state of my kitchen after I go on a cooking bender. However, I live in the Missouri River Basin in North America and the entire region is experiencing flooding on an enormous scale. People are having to evacuate from their homes and some will be living in shelters – school gymnasiums and the like – for months to come. There is only so much physical work I can contribute to assist in these times but I have another way too: I give gluten-free food supplies to charitable organizations. When I’ve spoken to representatives, they always anticipate a need for items such as this. Allergen free items aren’t something all contributors think about but some of us really understand the need. I don’t wish to get into debate over whether this is the sort of thing to be worrying about at such a time. The gluten-free diet is medically necessary for people with celiac disease. You wouldn’t deprive a diabetic of their insulin shots and blood glucose monitoring during emergencies if you could help it. You wouldn’t give a peanut butter sandwich to a kid with a peanut allergy. This is not different.
Even if you live somewhere outside of the current disasters in the US, please consider donating gluten-free packaged foods to local food pantries and shelters and if you are in the area, please consider helping out with gluten-free and other allergy free items.
My list of stuff that’s going in to Red Cross today:
- EnerG Wheat-Free Gluten-Free crackers
- Annie’s Homegrown Rice Pasta Mac n Cheese
- Kinnikinnick Pancake and Waffle Mix
- Food Club Rice Squares Cereal (store brand Rice Chex)