The Celiac Disease Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1990, helps shed light on these disruptive ingredients and others at chapters across the country. Staff members schedule everything from informative kids’ camps to an annual conference and expo that corrals speakers, nutritionists, and vendors of gluten-free goods.
After grabbing a product from the grocery store shelf, some peoples’ eyes immediately dart to the number of calories printed on the nutrition label. Others may seek the percentage of sodium. People with celiac disease must scroll through the list of ingredients in search of the words “wheat,” “barley,” “rye,” or “triticale,” all of which contain the problematic gluten.
Teen girls enrolled in Rosemary's residential program, as well as girls referred from local educational agencies, can attend the Rosemary School, a nonpublic school certified by the California Department of Education–Nonpublic Schools Unit. Seventh–12th grade courses cover core academic subjects as well as vocational and independent-living skills. As part of a back-to-school effort, Rosemary plans to equip every student enrolled in the school with a supply kit containing essential classroom materials.
A volunteer-based organization, EnrichLA helps promote thoughtful, healthful eating habits by building gardens at public schools. After working with the city to get permits, EnrichLA volunteers work with school employees to determine the best uses of the garden, and then raise funds for the garden's construction and subsequent school-gardening classes.
To prepare for planting, EnrichLA volunteers install sinks with running water, outdoor kitchens, and drip systems to water the garden, and build picnic tables, trellises, and raised garden beds. Once a school garden and fundraising is complete, the volunteers teach weekly classes where students can learn everything from composting and cooking to beekeeping. Students can also enjoy nutritious snacks straight from the garden.