The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) and its Generation GF program for kids, teens, and young adults has awarded in 2017 more than $14,000 in scholarships and is providing more than 1500 bunk “care” boxes to summer camp attendees nationwide. Assisted by the generosity of partners such as Schar and Jones Dairy, along with donations from the gluten-free community, 37 campers received some portion of financial assistance to make their summer camp dreams a reality.
“One of the best parts of our job here at GIG is getting to tell these kids and their families that we are going to be able to help them to go to summer camp,” says Chris Rich, VP of Development for the Gluten Intolerance Group. “To be able to give these campers an opportunity to go to camp and spend a week just having fun being a kid makes everything else that we do throughout the course of the year that much easier.”
Along with scholarships, Generation GF is again providing bunk boxes to 1,570 campers at numerous camps across the country. This is the third year of the bunk box program, which gives campers who are restricted to a gluten-free diet their own snack boxes filled with items that are safe for them to eat. Products included in this year’s boxes were donated by Enjoy Life, Jones Dairy, Milton’s, Schar, Vermont Smoke & Cure, and Zing Bar.
“The kids are super excited to get their bunk boxes while at camp,” says Stacey Juhnke, Program Supervisor for Generation GF. “Not only are they getting products that are safe for them to eat and snack on during their cabin times but other kids are often asking them to share, jealous that they didn’t get a box of their own.”
Generation GF is a dedicated to empowering gluten-free kids, teens, and young adults by helping to build confidence in who they are and teaching them to not be ashamed about their gluten intolerance and/or celiac disease while becoming the future leaders of the community. The Generation GF program was started in 2015 and now has over 2,000 members in all 50 states and multiple countries.