Can Openers: Tammy Gingras-Moore & Karen Di Pace
Blog Post #97 — When I heard that a grocery store catering to people with food allergies was opening in my hometown, I couldn't wait to stop in and see it.
Co-owners Tammy Gingras-Moore and Karen Di Pace opened Allergy Orchard in Willow Street Pennsylvania last October to make the process of shopping for safe foods for people with food allergies easier. Frustrated themselves after spending hours shopping at numerous stores, only to go home without the foods they originally set out to buy for their families, the two created their own solution: an allergy-friendly grocery store.
"As mothers, we both wanted to feed our children healthy and delicious food," they say on their site. "One of us has a child with multiple food allergies and simply finding that food was a challenge. Go here for this food and there for that food. We knew what the problem was, but had no easy solution to fix it."
After research and hard work, they found their solution.
As I browsed the store, I kept saying, "I wish this existed when I was younger." The products are clearly labeled, with information about the manufacturer and a QR code for anyone who wants to quickly find out more about the brands.
Their CAN mindset makes Tammy Gingras-Moore and Karen Di Pace true CAN Openers.
In addition to opening an incredible grocery store, there's another reason I'm excited. Allergy Orchard is the first store in the world to carry my book!
JJ Vulopas is a rising senior at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for young people, JJ has lived with food allergies his entire life. He is the author of the children's book, Land of Not. You can read his daily blog at www.thelandofcan.com. Follow him on Instagram and on Twitter @thelandofcan.