This is my friend Jules. You might know her from her gluten-free flour mix, or books, or cooking classes. She has helped a lot of gluten-free people in those ways, but she has helped all gluten-free people in the U.S. through her grassroots effort to get the FDA to create a gluten-free labeling standard.
Jules, along with John Forberger founded 1 in 133.org and put pressure on the FDA by bringing their attention to our cause with the world’s largest gluten-free cake. I participated and helped out at the event where the cake was displayed, and I can’t imagine how many hours went into planning, baking, and assembling the cake, let alone the rest of the event.
But, as a result of the work put in by Jules, John, and the American Celiac Disease Alliance, we now have a gluten-free labeling standard which will go into effect this August. So, if you live in the U.S. and buy gluten-free food for yourself or a loved one, Jules has helped you.
Now Jules needs our help. You see, Jules created a great gluten-free flour mix that worked really well in recipes and she wanted to share that mix with others. She learned what she needed to know about being a gluten-free food manufacturer and released her first products in 2007. As the business grew, she took on business partners who did not invest cash but exchanged their work for half of the company.
That arrangement worked for a while, but over the past year and a half it became clear that they did not share the same vision for the company’s future and how to interact with customers. The relationship became hurtful with the partners no longer paying Jules for her work, locking her out of the communications program, denying her access to her blog, and cancelling flour orders she had placed to make her wedding cake!
Jules finally resigned and rescinded any license they had to use her name, likeness, or image. They ignored her.
Jules is now involved in an expensive litigation process, all the while trying to start a new company and make her products available once again to her loyal customers (and get married next month!).
She has set up a new site, gfJules.com where you can sign up for her new email list, find more information, get her latest recipes, and support her with a financial gift to help cover the costs of this expensive legal process. She put together a variety of thank yous depending on the size of the gift, but anything you can give is appreciated.
As I said, Jules has helped all of us. I know her personally, and she is a very self-sacrificing, giving person. She has given more than you will ever know to the gluten-free community, and whether you use her products or not, I think it is appropriate to give back and help her in this time of need. I have.