Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, is asking you once again to help our fellow families in Colorado who have been burdened, displaced or evacuated due to extreme floods.
Families who have children with food allergies are presented with challenging circumstances during emergencies. Some of the unique requirements of this population after disasters include:
1. Shelters without animals, with safe kitchens and asthma/allergy-friendly bedding
2. Medications on-site including nebulizers for asthmatics and epinephrine for severe allergic reactions
3. Food safe for food-allergic, food-intolerant and gluten-free individuals
4. Elemental formula for infants with special restrictive diet nutritional needs
The KFA Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Committee has been monitoring the situation in Colorado and has made contact with different organizations in the affected area so that we can organize a food drive to collect allergy-friendly foods and distribute them to families in need.
If you have allergy-friendly, shelf-stable items you would like to donate, please mark the box with large words "ALLERGEN-FRIENDLY" or "GLUTEN-FREE" as applicable and mail them to:
COMMUNITY FOOD SHARE
650 S TAYLOR AVE
LOUISVILLE, CO 80027
Community Food Share (a member of Feeding America), will collect and distribute allergy-friendly food (large pallets and individual boxes) to flood victims in the areas of Boulder and Broomfield Counties. Community Food Share is committed to helping in the long term recovery process of Colorado's disastrous flood.
HARVEST OF HOPE PANTRY
2960 VALMONT RD
BOULDER, CO 80301
Harvest of Hope Pantry can receive boxes of allergy-friendly foods (not pallets) and has a particular request for gluten-free goods (such as bread) for a 3-year-old in need.
ALLERGY-FRIENDLY / GLUTEN-FREE
FOOD BANK OF THE ROCKIES
10700 E 45TH AVE
DENVER, CO 80239
Food Bank of the Rockies (a member of Feeding America), will collect and distribute allergy-friendly food to flood victims in the areas of Boulder, Larimer County, Loveland and more.
When we confirm additional locations willing to accept and distribute allergy-friendly goods, we will post an update to this blog. Please share this blog post to help our food drive, and to help get this information to families who need allergy-friendly foods.
With natural disasters on the rise, we would like to remind all families managing food allergies to take a moment and review our tips for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness with Food Allergy Concerns.
The Kids With Food Allergies Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Readiness Committee is comprised of volunteers from across the United States and we thank them for their help in these relief efforts.