Food allergies affect nearly 200 million people around the world. In the U.S., one-in-13 children now have a food allergy. Every two minutes someone visits the emergency room due to a life-threatening food allergy-related anaphylactic reaction.
Food allergy charities and nonprofit organizations play a large part in enhancing the quality of life for people who suffer from food allergies. Through funding, research, community outreach, education and awareness, these programs endeavor to bring hope and valuable resources to those who live with food allergies.
Food Allergy Research & Education
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is the largest nonprofit organization in the world dedicated to research, education, awareness and advocacy for food allergies. Formed in 2012, FARE was born when two well-known organizations merged: the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), a highly trusted source of food allergy information, resources and programs, and the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI), the world’s largest private funding source for food allergy research. FARE’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life of food-allergic individuals while offering them hope for new treatments.
Kids with Food Allergies
Kids with Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), which is the oldest asthma and allergy charity in the nation. KFA equips parents and caretakers of children with food allergies with free tools, videos, webinars, educational materials and other resources to confidently keep children healthy and safe. From practical food allergy and anaphylaxis education to public awareness initiatives and food substitutions, KFA strives to help families better understand food allergies while minimizing fear.
End Allergies Together
End Allergies Together (EAT) is a nonprofit organization from Connecticut that aims to raise funds for food allergy research. They know that eating can be scary for a person with food allergies and use a “multi-perspective approach” that brings together several areas of expertise, including scientific, business, medical, legal and investment knowledge, in hopes of funding solutions for food allergies.
Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America
Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is another nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with allergies and asthma, along with those who care for them. Although not devoted exclusively to food allergies, AAFA is an excellent patient organization that sponsors research for better treatments and cures for allergies and asthma.
Trigger Food Allergy Awareness
Trigger Allergy was created by filmmaker and mother Grace Farah after her food-allergic daughter started school. Farah was inspired by her daughter’s teacher, who told Farah she wished there were something she could show other students and parents to inform them of the potential dangers of food allergies. Trigger seeks to raise awareness among parents and caregivers in order to enhance the lives of children with food allergies while protecting them.
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT) was founded by Eleanor Garrow-Holding, mother and nationally recognized food allergy expert and advocate of 13 years, with a purpose to advocate, educate and raise awareness for food allergies. She started working in the food allergy sector after her son was diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies. FAACT offers resources to help families manage food allergies.
International FPIES Association
International FPIES (Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome) Association is a nonprofit corporation and organization that offers advocacy, education and support for individuals with FPIES as well as their families. FPIES is an allergic reaction occurring in the gastrointestinal system. International FPIES Association aims to advocate for patients and families affected by FPIES, with the hope that one day the challenges of living with FPIES can be eradicated altogether. International FPIES partners with many other well-known organizations, including American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, World Allergy Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders
The American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2011 by people who intimately knew the frustration at the lack of resources available regarding eosinophilic gastroenteritis. This frustration eventually developed into the building of this organization, centered on change with a mission to improve the lives of people with eosinophilic disorders.