Big Y, Whole Foods and Roche Bros. have partnered with the New England Celiac Organization to host gluten-free support groups in their stores.
Whole Foods holds the free one-hour meetings once a month in its Glastonbury, Conn., store, as well as a few of its Massachusetts and Rhode Island stores.
Big Y hosts the meetings the first Tuesday of each month at its Westfield, Mass., unit.
Carrie Taylor, Big Y's chain’s corporate dietitian, leads the group as a NECO volunteer.
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“The partnership made perfect sense since they were looking to expand their reach outside of Boston and appreciated having a health-care provider lead a group,” Taylor told SN.
Taylor typically presents an agenda or topic to discuss. For example, for the holidays, she hosted a holiday recipe swap. In addition, attendees can ask any eating/condition-related questions they may have.
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