Western New York Gluten Free Diet Support Group
Local Chapter #33 of the Celiac Support Association
Meetings and Events

Support group meetings take place every other month,

We also organize a few special gluten free dining events each year.


The WNY Gluten Free Diet Support Group meets bimonthly on Saturday mornings. Enjoy a speaker or program as well as a sampling of GF goodies prepared by members and donated by GF vendors. Guest speakers present on health and wellness issues related to being gluten free. A small group counseling session is held after the general meeting for the newly diagnosed. Wegmans provides a complementary bag of GF food products to the newly diagnosed/first time meeting attendees.

Meetings are held from 10:00 - 11:30 AM at one of two locations:

Mt. Mercy Academy 
88 Red Jacket Parkway

just off Abbott Road near South Buffalo Mercy Hospital.
(click here for a map)

Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst
6320 Main Street, Williamsville

(click here for map)

Special Events

A few times a year, we organize group dining events. These events provide the opportunity for the participating restaurant to become aware of and comfortable with preparation of GF cuisine. Our members really look forward to these events not only for worry-free dining, but also for the opportunity for fellowship and mutual support. Total attendance was nearly 700 people for this past year’s events.


2017 Meeting and Event Schedule


June 17 at 10:00 am Mount Mercy Academy
Annual Business Meeting and Continental Breakfast
July 29 at 10:00 am Mount Mercy Academy
Meeting for the Newly Diagnosed only (no program)


April 8 at 10:00 am Unitarian Universalist Church
Program: Tai Chi demonstration by Lisa Rood
March 19 - Gluten Free Brunch at Brookfield Country Club 11:00 am
February 11 at 10:00 am Mount Mercy Academy
Topic: "Finding Gluten Free Whole Grains"


December 10, 2016 - Holiday Luncheon at The Roycroft Inn, in East Aurora.


November 12, 2016 - 10am 

Unitarian Universalist Church 6320 Main Street, Williamsville 
Topic: “Enjoying The Holidays on a Gluten Free Diet.”


September 2016 Speaker - Andrea Langston, MS - Nutritionist, Thrive Nutrition & Wellness, LLC

Topic: Gluten Free Life: Hidden Sources of Gluten and Cross Contamination


July 2016 - Meeting for the Newly Diagnosed

June 2016 -   Annual Business Meeting  

April 2016 - Registered Dietitian, Erin Burch

Topic: Whole foods diet including plant-based gluten free options

November 2015 – Gluten-Free Cooking Demo by Wegmans 

September 2015 – Raising Gluten-Free Kids (and Grandkids) - panel discussion

June 2015 - Annual General business meeting and Continental breakfast bar 

April 2015 - Gregory Notaro, Registered Pharmacist, Union Medical Pharmacy in West Seneca

Topic: Medication and Supplement use in CD.

February 2015 Speaker – Ann Klein RD, CDF 
Topic: Celiac Disease and Type 2 Diabetes



 Did you miss the last meeting? You can read the minutes from it and stay on top of important topics.


Thank you for your attendance at the monthly meetings this past year. There were a number of important speakers at our meetings, helping our members to live a healthy gluten free lifestyle. Education is one of the important cornerstones of our group. We thank the many speakers who give their time and talents to help advocate for our members.

We are always looking for ideas for speakers at upcoming meetings.  Let us know if you have an idea or a guest speaker in mind.