May we ask the community to help us collect gluten free and allergy-friendly
food to stock our shelves at the Howard County Food Bank, our Emergency Food
Pantry, and monthly client choice distribution with Columbia Community Care. This year, our annual event will be our 3rd Annual People Powered Food Drive with an optional virtual food drive. As always, your monetary
donations will be used to purchase gluten free and allergy-friendly items for
our clients. When donating online, you will receive a tax-deductible
donation receipt immediately. Our clients appreciate your help. We
commend you for your generosity in this unprecedented health and economic
S.A.F.E. Food Pantry educates, inspires, and engages the community about the
necessity for gluten free and allergy-friendly food and provides that safe food
to those in need. As an all-volunteer organization, S.A.F.E. distributes
gluten free and allergy-friendly food to clients through its partnership with
the Howard County Food Bank, our Emergency Food Pantry in Howard
County, and Columbia Community Care.
Our impact - In Maryland, over 1 million individuals, including 53,000 in Howard County, deal with food allergies, celiac disease, and gluten sensitivity every day. Gluten free and allergy-friendly food costs 2-4 times more than regular food. It is a rare find on food bank shelves causing clients to choose between going hungry or eating something that will aggravate their medical condition. S.A.F.E. is the only organization in Maryland making this food available to thousands of Food Bank and Emergency Food Pantry clients. As a result of COVID-19, we are seeing a three-fold increase in demand.
Don't feel comfortable making an online donation? You can mail a check or money order to: S.A.F.E. Food Pantry, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 316, Columbia, MD 21046. Give us some extra time to process due to the current situation, but we will send you a donation receipt by mail (or email, if provided) for tax purposes.
Questions or know someone in Howard County needing gluten free and allergy-friendly food? Click here to contact us.
$75 could purchase 25 containers of dairy-free milk or other drinks such as protein shakes or juice or tea
$60 could purchase 10 nut-free sunflower butter jars or products providing proteins