I have served as board chair of Kids With Food Allergies Foundation for the past year and a half, and it is with great pleasure that I’m finally able to blog about the news of the merger (press release here) of Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). For those of us who live with food allergies, seasonal allergies, asthma and atopic conditions, we now have a new nonprofit powerhouse on which to rely. Combining peer-to-peer support, policy, education, research and advocacy and awareness, the new structure of Kids With Food Allergies will be “Kids With Food Allergies, a Division of AAFA”.
Here’s more from the press release:
The patient organization with the largest online community for families raising children with food allergies, and the largest organization for asthma & allergy patients intend to merge. The Kids With Food Allergies Foundation(KFA) will become a division of the Aasthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and together they will be the most comprehensive nonprofit source of education, advocacy, research, social networking and support for millions of families living with these diseases.
In 2012, the Board of Directors for each organization voted to approve the merger. The required regulatory documents have been filed and partially approved, with completion expected soon.
KFA will continue to maintain its online support forums and iPhone mobile app. It will remain a portal through which parents and caregivers can go to obtain information and support for day-to-day management. AAFA will be the overseeing entity, and along with that, will also continue to expand their reach into support for food allergic individuals.
This is exciting news during this transition from an era of educating the public about food allergies and anaphylaxis – which will continue, but also expand into an era of creating policies that will support food allergic adults and children in schools, the workplace and during disasters. This merger helps to further the Kids With Food Allergy Foundation’s mission as well as our mission as parents and caregivers. I will continue to be involved with Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA) as well as on the national board of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).