GF Pantry was founded by Andy and Tina, parents to two wonderful children named Hannah and Jonah. In early childhood, both children were constantly suffering from headaches, rashes, stomachaches, leg cramps and fatigue. We tried our best to address each ailment individually, it wasn't until speaking to other parents of Coeliac kids that we realised all of these conditions may in fact be linked. In spite of the overwhelming grouping of symptoms and further investigation into coeliac disease, it still took many visits to several different general practitioners to have our children both tested. In June 2016, both Hannah and Jonah were diagnosed as coeliac via a small bowel biopsy; we finally had an answer and a way to move forward...
But, as is the case for many who adopt a strict gluten free diet, this change required a complete overhaul of how we eat, cook and even live! The learning curve was steep, but with time and with the help of gluten-free friends, we slowly came to realise what ingredients to look for, where to shop and even where to eat out. This was something we never thought we'd be able to safely do again.
As the dust settled and we got into the groove of living a gluten free lifestyle, we had more space to reflect on exactly what this meant for our family. We dreaded the amount of time and effort it took to complete a weekly shop for general groceries; it was no longer a matter of heading to one local grocery retailer for an hour, it was two, three or more stores all over Sydney for literally hours! And it wasn’t just going to different stores but also the constant checking of ingredients to ensure products hadn't changed manufacturers or ingredients causing it to either be contaminated with gluten, or not even gluten free anymore.
We knew we weren't the only ones struggling with this, and we began to think about what would make it easier for us and other families like us. We both sat down together and after much discussion we decided there was only one thing that could do this; a shop where all stocked items are gluten free! The GF Pantry was inspired by that conversation, and it is our hope that it does make your life just that little bit easier.