KFA Leadership & Announcements

Celebrating Teal Pumpkins Across the U.S.

In 2012, when a five-year-old boy with food allergies took a pumpkin and painted it teal, he had no clue he was starting a Halloween trend. Not only did he paint a teal pumpkin, he put out some non-food treats too. His mom, Becky Basalone, a leader of FACET (Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee), thought this was a great idea. This way, children with food allergies would have something for their treat bag. Other support groups loved the idea, since teal is the color of food allergy...

Partner With Your School to Promote Teal Classrooms This Halloween

Did you know that 45% of severe allergic reactions in schools begin in the classroom? 1 About 20-25% of allergic reactions requiring epinephrine in schools occur without a prior history of food allergy. 2 Many schools are moving away from celebrating holidays with food in the classroom. If your school chooses to celebrate Halloween, partner with key school staff and families to plan holiday festivities in alignment with your school’s wellness plan. Ask your school to #KeepItTeal with Teal...

Food Allergy "Joke" on the Emmy Awards Show

September 19, 2016 ABC Network Headquarters 77 West 66th Street New York, New York 10023 Dear ABC Network, On behalf of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the more than 15 million Americans living with food allergies, I’m writing with some concerns about a comedy bit on the Emmys that aired on ABC on Sunday, September 18, 2016 . The joke – presented by host Jimmy Kimmel – involved the distribution of thousands of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the audience in...

Wheat Allergy Warning: Hidden Places You May Find Wheat

Wheat is one of the top 8 food allergens . If your child is allergic to wheat, you know the foods to avoid : bread, pasta, cereal and more. Like any food, wheat can cause an allergic reaction. These reactions may range from mild to severe. A severe allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis . Slinky Brand and More! Fingerprint Science Kit (also labeled as Experiment #163) A 9-year-old-boy allergic to wheat needed epinephrine after playing with this science kit, according to a recent article in...

Safe Eats Desserts Recipe Cookbook Contest

Attention, bakers, creators and dessert lovers! We’d like you to share your best, original allergy-friendly dessert recipes with the Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) community. Your recipe could be included in an upcoming KFA recipe e-book, Safe Eats® Desserts . You’ll also have a chance to win prizes and the acclaim of your friends and family! In partnership with So Delicious® Dairy Free , KFA is looking for the best vegan*, peanut and tree nut free desserts to share with our community.

Join the 8th Annual Strides for Safe Kids Food Allergy Walk and Expo

Come and see new products and services that can make your home healthier for you and your family members dealing with asthma and seasonal allergies. Learn about the Certified asthma & allergy friendly® mark to find out what it really means and how it may benefit your family. When: Saturday, September 17th Registration opens at 8:30 am (Save time and pre-register!) Walk and Fundraiser 9:00 am - 11:30 am Where: Plymouth Meeting Mall 500 Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 Cost:...

PBS KIDS Continues to Teach Kids About Food Allergies

With so many other TV networks airing shows that display poor awareness of food allergies, we want to highlight a network that is doing a great job of supporting the food allergy community. If your preschooler is a fan of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, we have some big news. The animated tiger develops a food allergy on the upcoming season of the PBS KIDS’ popular series. Daniel learns he is allergic to peaches the very first time he tries them in “ Daniel’s Allergy .” His dad and Doctor Anna...

Skyrocketing Costs Are Limiting Access to Life-Saving Epinephrine

The recent surge of media coverage about rising medication costs has shed important light on the challenges of access and affordability that AAFA has championed time and again. It has also reinforced that – for millions of American families – access to medication such as the epinephrine auto-injector can be a life-and-death matter.

Miss Delaware Brings Food Allergy and Asthma Awareness to Miss America Pageant

A few years ago, Delaware passed a law requiring schools to keep epinephrine auto-injectors available. Amanda Debus, winner of the 2016 Miss Delaware pageant, was part of the driving force that helped get that law passed. Why was this stock epinephrine law for schools so important to Amanda? For the same reason that she has made allergy awareness her personal platform as Miss Delaware. Amanda knows firsthand that a severe allergic reaction to food can happen at any time - even if you have...

Tips for Managing Food Allergies at School: Get Active With Food-Free Activities

Do you need ideas to share with your child's teacher to encourage non-food rewards in the classroom? Many elementary schools are becoming more food allergy aware. An average U.S. classroom has two children with a food allergy. Using non-food rewards is healthier for everyone, not just those with food allergies. These ideas get a class up and moving after a job well done.

Free Community Chat: Open Chat About Back-to-School with Food Allergies

Join Kids With Food Allergies for an Open Chat about Back-to-School with Food Allergies. The text-based chat will be hosted on our community on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT. Join KFA’s exclusive online community to participate in the chat. WHEN : Thursday, September 1, 2016 TIME : 7pm – 8pm ET / 4pm - 5pm PT WHERE : KFA's Online Chat Event This will be an “open chat” to share tips and ask questions about back-to-school issues like: Non-Food Rewards for Children with Food...

Join AAFA, AAAAI, KFA for a #FoodAllergy101 Twitter Chat

Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America , the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and Kids With Food Allergies Wednesday, August 17 at 1 PM EST for a #FoodAllergy101Twitter chat. Follow @AAFANational , @AAAAI_org and @KFAtweets . Use #FoodAllergy101. Experts will answer your questions about food allergies, such as: What is anaphylaxis? What is an action plan? How do I treat a reaction? And more!

Kids With Food Allergies
A Division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
4259 W Swamp Rd, Suite 408, Doylestown, PA 18902
Phone: 215.230.5394 | Fax: 215.340.7674