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Chuck Norris supports gluten-free items for food banks

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Chuck Norris is standing up for celiac disease sufferers and reminding people that gluten-free items are desperately needed in food banks around the country. The actor notes that there is an increase in the number of people who are seeking donations, and an estimated 14 percent of the U.S. population has visited a food bank. However, Norris warns people about blindly taking unwanted items from the pantry and dumping them at the nearest donation center.


Chuck Norris wants the public to think before making a food donation this year because some of the items left at food banks are not healthy or helpful. He recommends that people focus on nutrition instead of cleaning a shelf in their pantry. Food banks are desperately trying to help people with restricted diets and health problems, so asking for a list of items they are missing is important.

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Gluten-free foods are extremely difficult to find at most food banks, and Norris reminds people that allergies should not be ignored during the donation process. He recommends labeling gluten-free products before giving them away, so they are easier to find. Although there are some food banks that try to offer gluten-free food on a consistent basis, it is not easy because they rely on outside donations. If you are capable of adding a few items to your regular shopping list, then consider buying extra food without gluten to help others.

The main focus of most donation centers is on food, but there is also a need for nonfood items, as Norris points out. He recommends that you consider donating diapers, soap or other essentials that may be difficult for people in need to afford. Millions of Americans face ongoing problems with getting enough food or providing basic living necessities for their families so do not forget them while cleaning your pantries.

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