I was putting together a care package for a friend and I decided that I wanted to do something bigger. With many people out there suffering from Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity or those that simply have a number of issues when they eat gluten, I decided to put together a strictly gluten-free military care package. As a veteran that now knows I can't eat gluten, I would have been so happy to receive one of these when deployed. My goal was to have the packages align with the paleo lifestyle as well, so a majority of the packages were also paleo-friendly (with Justin's peanut butter being the only non-paleo item in the paleo boxes).
I was quite overwhelmed with all of the companies that donated product for this project. I am very grateful for their help in making this happen. I was able to send out 14 really nice packages of gluten free, real food products. I received a couple very nice emails back from family members of those that received a box (thank you for that!) and am very happy that I was able to to do this. The help and happiness that I brought to others brings me great joy. So, I wanted to share this here to give you ideas for products to include in a real food or gluten-free military care package. When you are deployed, you are limited food options and it can be difficult to maintain a gluten-free diet without a bit of help. That is my purpose for this. To help. To provide these packages for those that need them and to help others put together packages as well.
Below is a list of the companies that generously donated their product so I could put these care packages together. Along with them, I am also including several companies that were unable to donate at the time, but I believe would be other great options for a care package. Following the products, I'll show you the packages I put together and shipped out.