Free food packs will help coeliacs in self-isolation


    Ever since the lockdown started, some products have been a bit harder to find in the shops — especially gluten-free products.

    Luckily, the Coeliac Society of Ireland realised this and decided to team up with baked goods brand Promise Gluten Free to deliver free food packs to hundreds of vulnerable coeliacs who are cocooning to stay safe from the coronavirus.

    According to a press release, around 400 packs will be delivered to the homes of mostly elderly people throughout Ireland starting this week. The packs will include baked staples like gluten-free bread, but also Easter treats such as hot cross buns.

    “Coeliac disease is a lifelong auto-immune disease, which has associated complications that can leave individuals very vulnerable to complications at the best of times and these are not the best of times,” Coeliac Society CEO Gill Brennan said. “If people with coeliac disease consume gluten they can develop symptoms such as abdominal pains, diarrhoea, anaemia or vomiting, which could require medical treatment. This would pose a risk to the individuals and put additional strain on an already under-pressure health system.”

    That’s when they came across the idea to deliver packs to people who aren’t able to travel during the social-distancing time. “These care packs will help keep them safe and well by allowing them to stick to their gluten-free diet, but it will also mean they have one less thing to worry about at a time of real stress and anxiety in their lives.”

    To help people cope during the Covid-19 crisis, the Society’s dietitian Sarah Keogh is hosting weekly Facebook Live Q&A sessions. These will cover different health topics that are relevant to coeliac sufferers.

    The Facebook Live sessions are every Monday from 1pm (or as recommended) for 20-30 minutes on The Coeliac Society’s Facebook page.

    To show support the The Coeliac Society and Promise Gluten Free with this project, just click here.