Thank you so much to Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) for everything you do! (I’m reblogging this from their blog with permission.)
Kids With Food Allergies, a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), for which I am current Board Chair, is taking the lead in helping 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 “ALLERGY-FRIENDLY” or “GLUTEN-FREE” as applicable and mail them to:
HARVEST OF HOPE PANTRY
2960 VALMONT RD
BOULDER, CO 80301
ALLERGY FRIENDLY / GLUTEN FREE
FOOD BANK OF THE ROCKIES
10700 E 45th AVE
DENVER, CO 80239
We will post updates when we confirm additional locations willing to accept and distribute allergy-friendly goods. Meanwhile, please share this blog post with your community.
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.
For ideas on what to order please go to: Peanut Free Planet and an allergen – friendly food list on Amazon.com can be found here – please don’t forget to use the KFA Amazon Code so click HERE before ordering to make sure a percentage of your sale goes to Kids with Food Allergies Foundation (www.kidswithfoodallergies.org). Thank you so much for all you do!