Thank you GIG for being there to help when so many are at a loss when first diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, Gluten Intolerance or Gluten Sensitivity. Your Staff and Volunteers have been very helpful over the many years I have been involved.
GIG connects people within the celiac and gluten intolerant community to each other and to the best information and research on how to start and live a gluten free lifestyle. This organization makes an overwhelming life change feel do-able and helps people find normalcy in their lives once again. It is done through local support groups, a national magazine, and specific programs identifying and certifying manufacturers and restaurants that are safe for the gluten free community. Lastly, they build awareness through the Chef to Plate campaign, through their publication and advocacy across the world with their support groups which enables individuals to find a healthier lifestyle.
Three years ago when I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I was told by my dr. it is "a rare disease." Withiin a couple of months, the nearest chapter of GIG (90 miles away) found me due to an order for their restaurant guide. GIG will always be viewed as a lifeline to me - one that keeps newly diagnosed from drowning in the sea of information and that keeps the rest of us afloat and thriving.
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When I wanted to start a gluten free support group in the Black Hills of SD, GLuten Intolerance Group gave me the support I needed and the suggestions and encouragement to form a strong and helpful group that raises awareness of the needs of the gluten free community and helps those who are just starting on the path to health via the gluten free diet. It wouldn't have happened without the Gluten Intolerance Group. They also put on fantastic educational conferences every year. I always learn alot that I can then tell my local support group about.
Review for: Channon Quinn Director of Industry Programs Gluten Intolerance Group firstname.lastname@example.org (253) 218-2957 When I read the news: Seattle's PCC now Gluten-Free Food Service Accredited, first in the nation. I asked, "How can my Bellingham Community Food Cooperative be next?" I immediately contacted GIG to investigate how it was done. I received a quick reply from Channon Quinn who answered my questions and, best of all, said: "I’ve attached the slideshow for GFFS for you to look over. If you have the contact for the grocery store you are recommending, I’d be happy to reach out to them." I followed up by forwarding her information attached to my request to the Coop to investigate this new service. At last contact, that is what they are doing. Thank you GIG, and Channon, for bringing my food cooperative valuable information and one step closer to better serving the Gluten-Free community. Susan Clark
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