Resources for Kids
There are 5.9 million kids in the U.S. living with a food allergy – that’s a big number, but what does it really mean?
- One in every 13 kids in the U.S. has a food allergy, which equals about two kids in every classroom.
- If all of the kids with a food allergy lived in one state, it would be the 19th largest state (by population) in the U.S.
You may already know other kids in your school, on your sports teams or in your clubs with a food allergy, or maybe you haven’t yet met another kid with food allergies. Either way, it’s important to know you are not alone and there are tons of kids all over the country who are managing food allergies, just like you.
FARE wants you to feel in control of your food allergy. That means working with your parents to help manage your food allergy, educating your friends about food allergies so they can help keep you safe, and raising awareness at your school, too!
You can get started by reading about some of FARE’s educational programs below.
Be a PAL
The Be a PAL: Protect A Life™ From Food Allergies peer education program can help you teach your friends about how to help you avoid a food allergy reaction and how to help during a reaction. Check out our Be a PAL: Protect A Life™ From Food Allergies flyer for more information.
Kids Ask Alexander
Our “Alexander, the Elephant Who Couldn't Eat Peanuts” book series can help you learn how other kids manage food allergies and talk about the feelings that go along with having them. To order the series, please visit our online store at store.foodallergy.org.
You can also ask Alexander the Elephant your questions about having food allergies. See a sample question below.
I'm allergic to peanuts. My older sister doesn't have any food allergies, and she gets mad that we can't eat in certain restaurants because of my food allergy. I feel really bad that she gets so angry. What should I do?
Even if she gets mad sometimes, your older sister loves you and wants you to be safe. Talk to your mom and dad about how you are feeling. Maybe they will take you and your older sister out to different restaurants sometimes, or cook the types of food your sister misses at home instead. Talk to your sister too, and tell her how it makes you feel when she gets mad. I bet she’ll see things differently right away.
You can Ask Alexander your own question by emailing AskAlexander@foodallergy.org. We’ll post select questions and answers so other kids can learn from your question, too!
We will keep updating this section of our site with new resources on an ongoing basis. Do you have suggestions about additional resources you’d like to see us add to the site? Please use the Contact Us form to tell us your suggestions.