It is a pivotal time to start a food allergy support group in St. Johns, FL, as President Obama just signed H.R. 2094, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, into law yesterday. (More info on law, see http://www.foodallergy.org/advocacy/school-access-to-epinephrine) This law illustrates that the nation is paying attention to the needs of the food allergy community. Food Allergy Families (FAF) of St. Johns will also pay attention to those needs and aims to provide a supportive environment for families to share and learn about the challenges of having food allergies.
One in 13 children have food allergies. They and their families know that allergies have to be managed in all settings of life… home, school, camp, daycare, college, restaurants, work, after-school programs. In addition to being a supportive environment for these individuals, we aim to educate the community about food allergies, and advocate for those with food allergies. Activities and services will include educational meetings with speakers from the medical and food allergy community, food-free playdates, lending library of cookbooks and other resources, “cheat and eat” dinners for parents, a mentor program for those new to navigating food allergies, and much more!
However, in order to meet these goals, we need help. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are intersted in playing a role in the development of this group (make suggestions for future speakers, donate resources to the lending library, revise the logo, etc.). If you are interested in getting updates by email on future events, please subscribe to this blog (click “Follow” in right hand column). Becoming a members is free and all are welcome.