Like many organizations, Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The food allergy community has been heavily impacted by several events of 2020:
- The public health emergency and economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
- Reduced production of allergy-friendly foods and food labeling changes due to the pandemic
- Record-breaking wildfires and health impacts related to natural disasters and air pollution
- Widespread upheaval over racial injustices that have once again shined a light on long-standing health disparities
All these emergencies have affected people managing food allergies. But your year-end gift to KFA can ease some of these hardships. You can help us do even more for the community we serve than we were able to do in 2020.
Thanks to you, we were able to:
- Lead efforts to advocate for students with food allergies and asthma that resulted in Congress passing the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act
- Continue pressure on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Congress about sesame labeling, as well as on the temporary labeling guidance for COVID-19
- Offer evidence-based information for families managing food allergies and asthma from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Join with a group of 33 organizations to guide the next administration with a collaborative blueprint that outlines how the president and elected officials can protect people’s health
- Publish first-of-its-kind research on severe allergic reactions in infants and toddlers with food allergies
- Celebrate the FDA approval of Palforzia, the first approved peanut allergy treatment
- Host educational webinars and live chats with leading asthma and allergy experts, such as doctors from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), our Medical Scientific Council, and Dr. Vin Gupta
- Support back-to-school efforts on creating healthy environments during the pandemic for students and staff with food allergies and asthma
- Team up with the MedicAlert Foundation to improve emergency response to anaphylaxis
- Explain the health insurance marketplace for people managing food allergies
- Help communities understand the impact of allergies through our Allergy Capitals™ report
- Establish a multi-strategy plan to reduce asthma disparities in racial and ethnic minorities – work that will support food allergies and other allergic conditions as well
But our work is not finished.
People are still struggling with the impact of the pandemic. COVID-19 has made our community more vulnerable than ever. But if you give what you can, we can continue our work of educating, advocating, and supporting cutting-edge research that will allow people with food allergies to have better quality of life.
Our programs have lost funding this year due to the pandemic. Can you help us ensure we can support these life-saving services in 2021?
For a limited time, AAFA is offering a face mask for one-time donations of $75 or more.
If you prefer to mail a check, postmark your gift by Dec. 31 and send to:
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
PO Box 424053
Washington, DC 20042
We appreciate your ongoing support.