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Several years ago I was diagnosed with multiple food allergies, food sensitivities, and food allergy-induced asthma. I am extremely grateful to my best friend for convincing me to get tested for food allergies after she experienced her own struggles with a severe food intolerance; I would have never thought food was the cause of my health issues. By the time I was diagnosed I was very sick and found it extremely difficult to find safe foods to eat. The products I did find were expensive and didn’t taste very good. On a trip to visit my dad we spent three hours in a grocery store trying to find safe foods for me to eat. We literally said, “There has to be a better way.”
That’s when I developed gr8box! A subscription box is an excellent way to help people try different items each month without breaking the bank. If subscribers like the items they could decide to add them to their diet all the while adding a little spontaneity back into their lives!
Finding brands to include in gr8box hasn’t been easy. We’re kind of picky. While researching manufacturing practices and listening to our food allergy friends, we learned that the food production process can be really scary. Products that are produced on allergen shared equipment and are even produced in the same facilities as allergens have the potential to make someone with a food allergy or intolerance very sick, or even worse. That’s why we decided that we just aren’t going to include them.
All of the products we include in our subscription boxes and online store are Top 8 Allergen Free and produced in dedicated Top 8 Allergen Free Facilities. If a manufacturer doesn’t produce the product in a dedicated Top 8 Allergen Free facility, then they just don’t make the cut. Never take this for granted, however. We want you to continue to always read all labels and decide on your own if each product is right for you. Please keep up those safe habits!
Our story is one of adult onset food allergies and sensitivities, but we’ve made so many wonderful friends that are parents of little ones with dietary restrictions. We've been amazed by the strength, generosity, encouragement, and support of this community. Without their help and that of my amazing family gr8box would simply be another idea we thought about while walking down the same aisles at the same grocery stores.
Our hope for you is a happy and healthy life for you and your family sprinkled with safe surprises along the way.
In good health,
Founder & CEO
Terri Jordan (left) with Food Equality Initiative co-founders, Amy Goode and Emily Brown
Food Equality Initiative (FEI) is a non-profit established to help support the low-income food allergy and Celiac communities by providing safe, healthy gluten free and allergy friendly food, nutrition education and advocacy. Amy and Emily's story has served as an inspiration to gr8box and we're proud to call them our friends.