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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s first food bank for food allergies opens Tuesday.

The Food Equality Initiative was founded by local moms whose children suffer from multiple food allergies.

“Estimates show there are 8,000 to 14,000 people struggling to pay for specialized food in greater Kansas City,” CEO and co-founder Emily Brown said. “Gluten free or soy products can double or even triple the cost for many families.”

The new food pantry is located at 10901 Blue Ridge Boulevard.

Food Equality Initiative started the nation’s first fully stocked food pantry in Overland Park in May of 2015.

For more information visit: Click on “Food Assistance.”