Partnership to support food allergic, food insecure families

“To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.”–Dr. Seuss

Seven years ago, 13-year-old Natalie Giorgi died of an allergic reaction after biting into a treat she didn’t know had peanut butter. Today, her memory is inspiring a new effort to address a unique issue during this pandemic.

As the need at food banks grows during the pandemic, the challenge of finding safe foods for food insecure children who have food allergies or celiac disease becomes more difficult, according to the Food Equality Initiative.

“Recent studies show 21 percent of children with food allergies experience food insecurity,” said Emily Brow, founder and CEO of Food Equality Initiative.

That concern is inspiring a new partnership between the Natalie Giorgi Sunshine Foundation and the Food Equality Initiative.

Natalie’s mother, Joanne Giorgi, scheduled an Instagram Live announcement Thursday to award a new grant to the Food Equality Initiative that could lead to the first nationwide food shelter delivery system aimed at those with prescribed food allergies and who experience food insecurity.

“At 13, she really was a young lady who really knew that it was our responsibility while we’re on this earth to try to make a difference,” Joanne Giorgi said. “She was profoundly aware that others were not as blessed and as fortunate as she was. She would want us to support others whose mission is to make life a little bit easier.”

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