Even though about 5.6 million children and 26 million adults have food allergies, many people still don’t understand what it’s like to live with them. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May to be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.” All month long, we will be raising awareness to help dispel misinformation about asthma, allergies, and food allergies. (Kids With Food Allergies is the food allergy division of AAFA.)
Food Allergy Awareness Week is also May 9-15. All week, we’ll share information to help you manage your child’s food allergies, as well as information you can pass along.
Watch our blog and social channels throughout the month for food allergy awareness events. We’ll share webinars, Twitter chats, a live cooking demo, free downloadable handouts, ways to advocate, and more.
Will you help us raise food allergy awareness? Here are just a few ways you can participate:
- May 11, 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT): #foodallergy101 Twitter chat co-hosted by @kfatweets and @AAAAI_org
- May 13, 1:30 p.m. ET (10:30 a.m. PT): Webinar on Food Allergies in Infants and Toddlers with Dr. Michael Pistiner
- May 14: Live cooking demo on Instagram for allergy-friendly recipes.
Food Allergy Facts to Share
During May, we’ll give you tools to help you spread the word about food allergies. Download and share our quick facts handout on food allergies. Share individual facts from this handout on your social media channels or print and give the handout to people who would like to know more. Sometimes seeing the facts can help people better understand the impact food allergies can have.
Social Media Tools
Pictures send a powerful message. Share our awareness images on social media to help people learn more about food allergies. We also have awareness ribbons, profile pictures, social media covers, and ready-to-tweet food allergy facts.
Fundraise for Kids With Food Allergies (KFA)
Your support allows us to raise awareness, provide educational resources, conduct research, and advocate for families managing food allergies. When you donate, you help us save lives.
There are several ways you can support KFA. One great way to spread awareness during May is to create a Facebook fundraiser. You can also give a secure online donation. All donations made on May 10 will be matched.
All of these resources and more are available to help you spread food allergy awareness. Thank you for joining us to raise food allergy awareness in May!