Our support group plans educational events throughout San Diego for adults and children with celiac disease or gluten related disorders, All of our events are open to the public.
Covid-19 Update Related to Celiac Disease: Thank you more than we can express to Potapas gluten-free tortilla company and Deanna's Gluten Free Bakery for your generous donations to help the gluten-free community in San Diego this month!!
If you know of someone in San Diego experiencing food insecurities who must eat gluten-free, there are 3 San Diego non-profit food pantries: 1) Community Resource Center Food Pantry (Encinitas) 10-15% of their population states they need GF food for medical reasons. Contact: Yanira Frias Website: https://crcncc.org/food-nutrition-services/
These groups make or try to make gluten-free food available to the people they serve. They do need GF food donations, so we're including links to their website if you'd like to send them GF food or a donation.
March 24, 2020: All in-person gatherings are being cancelled until further notice and cleared to do so by public health officials.
Click here to see our parent organization's update on this disease as it relates to those who have celiac disease.
Celiac and Covid-19 in the News: Dr. Alessio Fasano, from Massachusetts General Hospital, has recently published two videos covering what he believes are the risks for those with celiac disease as it relates to Covid-19. Here is his latest May 1 video: https://youtu.be/RciFzlwJPIU
The National Celiac Association has launched a national pilot initiative to connect gluten-free food companies to food pantries. According to NCA, there is an extreme lack of gluten-free food in many food pantries across the US. Due to COVID-19, NCA has received an increasing number of requests for gluten-free food assistance. If you are able to contribute financially to this effort, please visit https://nationalceliac.org/giving-gluten-free/. If you are a manufacturer and can donate food, please contact Tricia Thompson at email@example.com. Thank you!
Aug. 7 - University of Chicago is offering a free online continuing education training for school nurses & other healthcare professionals (even parents are invited to attend) to prepare for the start of the school year this year. This activity will include case-based discussions on topics vital to the success of school nurses and offer insight into a variety of experiences a school nurse or clinician will encounter, including food allergies, celiac disease,sports medicine, diabetes and COVID-19. It will also showcase the latest information by experts in the field so participants can provide the highest level of care to the unique population they serve. Click here to register.
Fall 2020 - Our support group will be offering an online educational support group meeting this fall, featuring renowned celiac dietitian, Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN. Melinda co-authored the book “Real Life with Celiac Disease” and currently serves as the Nutrition Coordinator at Harvard’s Beth Israel’s Deaconess Medical Center. She is an Executive Committee Member of the Celiac Research Program at Harvard Medical School, is the Senior Nutritionist Consultant to the National Celiac Association, and has served on the Board for the Society for the Study of Celiac Disease.
Stay tuned as we narrow down the date and more details. Melinda will cover several topics including tips to stay safe with celiac disease during COVID-19 and will answer some participant questions. The event will be free thanks to the National Celiac Association San Diego support group members and a few sponsors, but will require pre-registration. If you are a company interested in sponsoring this online event, please contact Michele Vargas as SanDiegoceliacs@gmail.com.
Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th - cancelled until further notice and cleared to do so by public health officials. Nourished Festival in Del Mar (We will have a booth there)
Looking for support group meetings and related events closer to Orange County in 2020? Check out our sister chapter in Orange County, also a chapter of the National Celiac Association at http://www.occeliacs.com/events.html