GIG hosts A Night to Care gala to expand support of gluten-free families
Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), one of the largest non-profit gluten-free advocacy organizations, and GIG Cares, a non-profit organization tackling challenges facing the gluten-free community, are hosting A Night to Care, an evening gala to raise funds to support its programs for families living gluten-free.
The gala will be held August 27th at 6pm PST in Tacoma, Washington, as well as virtually for those unable to attend in person. The virtual gala is already live for those wanting to participate early.
The event’s goal is to raise funds to expand GIG Cares initiatives that include GIG Cares’ Cutting Costs food relief program, Generation GF programs for gluten-free children and teens, and support groups for the gluten-free community, and more. All these programs accelerate GIG Cares’ mission to cultivate positive connections in the gluten-free community.
As an independent organization, GIG Cares supports the real and basic needs of the gluten-free community, starting with providing food assistance for individuals and families facing gluten-free food insecurity. One in six people who need to eat gluten-free face food insecurity. Through a financial grant from GIG, and donations in support of families and children with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, GIG Cares’ monthly boxes of food contain Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) certified, safe gluten-free products. Since December 2021, GIG Cares has distributed nearly 1,000 Cutting Costs boxes to families nationwide. As of June 2022, 200 clients are served each month, 42 states are served, and 95% of GIG Cares clients report low to very low food security.
Additionally, GIG Cares helps kids, teens, and young adults navigate celiac disease and gluten sensitivity through its Generation GF program. Generation GF provides educational resources to make their gluten-free journey easier though mentorship programs, summer camps, kid-approved gluten-free recipes and more.
The Night to Care gala is an evening of food and entertainment, with both silent and live auctions. Auction items include VIP tickets to a Seattle Mariners game, a NASCAR driving experience, a trip to Iceland, and more.