Joint efforts will increase hospitality industry training on national level
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Vanessa Maltin
215-325-1306 ext. 103
January 7, 2008—In an effort to advance gluten-free training and education on a national level, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is thrilled to announce that it has merged with The Celiac Site. Together, the organizations will operate cohesively to inspire all kitchens, whether it is a bistro or cafeteria to provide gluten-free meals that are safe, healthy and delicious.
Celiac Disease is an autoimmune digestive disease triggered by consumption of the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. The only treatment known for celiac disease is 100 % elimination of gluten from the diet. NFCA is a 501©(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding for celiac disease that will advance research, education and screening amongst medical professionals, children and adults. The foundation works with all medical specialties, chefs and the public to spread awareness and provide resources to those living with celiac disease. Through a multifaceted campaign, including media outreach, the Gluten-Free Cooking Sprees, a video series, cookbooks, the Do I Have Celiac brochure and a variety of other projects, the foundation has reached hundreds of thousands Americans.
With the merger, the NFCA’ s reach will expand exponentially. The NFCA’s effective awareness campaigns are helping to drive up the numbers of diagnosed. With more and more needing gluten-free meals, more services will need to be provided. Therefore, awareness of the disease must be complemented by awareness of a proper treatment – the gluten-free diet.
The Celiac Site is home to the Gluten-Free Yellow Pages and the GREAT program. The Gluten Free Yellow Pages is a portal for the gluten-free community to learn about the wide variety of products available. The GREAT program (Gluten-free Resource Education Awareness Training) is a gluten-free kitchen protocol-training program for chefs, kitchen operators, dietitians, and restaurateurs who would like to correctly serve gluten-free food. The goal is to provide widespread gluten-free education for those in the restaurant and hospitality industries including school and health care facilities. GREAT is already an ongoing credit provider for the American Dietetic Association and is pursuing other programs, as well.
With the merger, The Celiac Site’s Nancy Baker will become part of the NFCA team. With her expertise in education she will take on the role of NFCA Director of Education. In this position, Nancy will continue to manage and administer all components of the GREAT program, as well as oversee the NFCA school lunch program, an area in which she is a highly trained.
The website will soon be integrated into the NFCA www.beyondceliac.org portal.
“I have enjoyed a cooperative relationship with the NFCA for over a year,” Nancy said. “Using their skills and expertise, I am confident that we will move the programs launched in The Celiac Site from start up to national awareness.”
NFCA Executive Director Alice Bast said she is “thrilled to have Nancy Baker on board” and is “eager to get started with training a dynamic group of chefs in 2008.”
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising celiac awareness and funds for research. NFCA is made up of professionals, medical specialists, and volunteers—all dedicated to working with leading researchers around the world to better understand celiac disease. Visit www.beyondceliac.org or call 215-692-2639 for further information.