Even with the best of planning I still find myself without a gluten-free snack on occasion when I need one. While I do my best not to end up in these situations, I am human, and am sometimes rushed, which leads me to being forgetful. Finding gluten-free food in a vending machine is a lot like playing a game of seek and find. Sometimes there are several options, sometimes there are none. Rarely are those options ever something “healthy” that will tide me over until my next meal.
What if that were to change? What if said vending machine was stocked with all gluten-free foods? iBGFree is just that!
iBGFree was founded by Amy after realizing that there was nothing out there that addressed this need. Amy was diagnosed with Celiac Disease a couple of years ago and after she struggled with snack choices as she traveled for her job, she set out to find a way to solve this problem.
Seeking a Gluten-Free Solution
Why hadn’t someone addressed this need? Why couldn’t there be a healthy, gluten-free alternative that is easy to access while on the go? That potential ignited a spark inside me, and provided the initial motivation to launch iBGFree.
I set out to provide quality, gluten-free, on-the-go foods that could be conveniently purchased through vending machines. My vision was to place them in airports, schools, malls and anywhere they could benefit those like me: people with a medical need to eliminate gluten from their diet, as well as those choosing to live gluten free.
However, it’s not just about convenience. It’s also about being part of a social fabric and being able to participate and enjoy the very basic act of breaking bread with others (tough since I can’t eat the bread!). Too often I’ve felt excluded because I am living gluten free. Through iBGFree, I’d like to do my part to end that reality for everyone who is eliminating gluten from their diet.
My goal is simple – to provide good-tasting, healthful, grab-and-go snacks that everyone can enjoy as an alternative to greasy chips or fattening candy.
Amy hand picks the gluten-free products that are sold in the iBGFree vending machines. These products must not only meet strict requirements for being gluten-free (and free from cross-contamination), but they have to taste good, too! A list of the products sold in these vending machines can be viewed here.