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Kansas City food pantry helps people who deal with food allergies

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The Food Quality Initiative opened the first celiac food pantry in the country. (KCTV5) The Food Quality Initiative opened the first celiac food pantry in the country. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A local and first-of-its-kind food pantry is helping people who deal with food allergies every day.

Imagine going into a store when you're in need and not being able to eat anything because you are allergic. That’s the reality for 8,000 people who use food pantries in Kansas City.

The Food Quality Initiative opened the first celiac food pantry in the country. And on Friday, Whole Foods donated food to the pantry, located at 10901 Blue Ridge Blvd.

The pantry’s chief executive officer, Emily Brown, says her family struggled with this very issue. They went to a regular food pantry and found the only thing her daughter, who has several food allergies, could eat was two potatoes and a jar of salsa. 

“When you have a condition like food allergies or celiac disease, it's not something that goes away. That need is going to be there. It's a consistent need, and so we wanted to make sure that when we set this program up that we weren't running on a scarcity model that we were running on a consistency model,” she said.

Brown partners with several different businesses to keep the shelves stocked year-round.

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