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Cutting Costs for Celiac Patients

Alexandra Van Den Heuvel
Mequon · WI
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Cutting Costs for Celiacs is a nonprofit that aims to provide grocery assistance for newly diagnosed and low-income Celiac-affected children, allowing them to maintain their highest level of health possible. To do this, we give celiac (a genetic autoimmune disease that prevents the absorption of gluten and can lead to infertility, early-onset osteoporosis, migraines, and even cancer if left untreated) patients a basket of gluten-free products on the day of diagnosis--this way they know which products are safe to eat. Our second program is our stipend program; since gluten-free diets are 2-3 times more expensive and Food Stamps doesn't give extra money to celiac patients, we help offset the costs through monthly stipends and education.

How will you use the $10k?

With the $10,000, we will be able to increase the amount of celiac-affected families that we are currently reaching. Right now we only help about seven families every month, and this donation would really help us expand our reach. The money will go towards purchasing the monthly boxes; each box contains $50 worth of gluten-free food, a packet of educational material (where they can eat; what they can eat; how to deal with social/financial/emotional situations caused by celiac disease), and magazines and recipes. With this grant, we would also like to set up several gluten-free cooking classes where celiac children can learn about what they can eat in a safe, caring environment with Registered Dietitians and MDs.

What impact do you hope to make?

This grant will allow us to help to make children struggling with celiac disease healthy and safe. It is very difficult emotionally, financially, and socially for celiac patients on a daily basis. By creating more baskets and holding a gluten-free cooking class, we would be able to strengthen and connect the celiac community and *make children feel safe*. Additionally, we would give them much needed education to *stay safe*. Because healthy children are happy children :)

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Cutting Costs for Celiac Patients
Cutting Costs for Celiac Patients

Nov/December 2016: Finalize hospitals that will receive gluten-free baskets for the first 6 mo. of 2017
January 2017-June 2017: Donate six boxes per month to three hospitals in Wisconsin (one of which is Children's Hospital of WI; Cost Breakdown: $400/hospital/month= $2,400/hospital/six months= $7,200 for all three hospitals for 6 months

June 2017 (June 19th-23rd 2016 9am-10:30am): Gluten-Free Cooking Classes. Cost Breakdown: $2,800 for food, instructor/renting/marketing fees; 80% of budget would be directed at purchasing food for the event.

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