Wed. Aug 17th, 2022

A woman in Calgary with celiac disease says her budget can not keep up with the rising cost of the food she needs.

Jade Jones says she has had extreme stomach problems all her life. She was diagnosed with celiac disease when she was 29 years old.

The now 35-year-old says that for those who need a special diet, rising food costs make the situation serious. She has previously been addicted to food banks, but says they do not always have the gluten-free choices she needs.

“All the food is really expensive … unless things are for sale, I can not really afford to buy things, so I eat a lot of fresh ingredients and unprocessed meat, and I honestly only eat once a day,” Jones said. .

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that can be triggered by gluten. There is no treatment and those with the disease should avoid the protein found in bread, cereals, pasta and many other foods.

Jade Jones shows the celiac tattoo, which acts as a form of medical identification. (Ose Irete / CBC)

Jones has a steady income due to chronic pain issues and receives less than $ 2,000 a month that goes to bills and groceries.

“My grocery budget is about $ 150 a month. And it’s not enough food for one person. But I do not eat until 8, 9, 10, 11 at night.”

“Usually in the middle to the end of the month, I have no money left to afford something, even milk, or as eggs or something.”

Published last week, Canada’s Food Price Report estimates that Canadians will pay between five and seven percent more for food by 2022.

Food bank project focuses on gluten-free

Daren Hinton, owner of Calgary-based Lakeview Bakery, which focuses on special dietary needs, says the bakery has been running a food effort for the past nine years over Christmas, aiming to provide Calgary Food Bank with more gluten-free options.

Owner Daren Hinton packs products at Lakeview Bakery in South West Calgary, AB on December 10, 2021. The bakery, known for its gluten-free offerings, runs an annual gluten-free food collection in support of Calgary Food Bank. (Ose Irete / CBC)

“Not too many [programs] focuses specifically on the gluten-free products, and I think it’s really appreciated, ”says Hinton, who also has celiac disease.

“I would obviously like to support other celiacs who are in a time of need,” he said.

Hinton says he has received support from all over Calgary.

“Whether celiac or non-celiac, I think the Calgarians are just willing to help with that drive and recognize the need there.”

Calgary Food Bank says it puts together barriers to catering for celiac disease, kidney, prenatal and baby diets. It distributed 15,444 special inhibitors to customers last year.

More than a thousand of these inhibitors were for people with celiac disease, a spokesman for the food bank said.

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