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Securing Safe Food: Allergy Awareness Initiative

Our COVID-19 Efforts

During this pandemic, consumers with food allergies are increasingly struggling to access safe food. Due to increased food prices online or via delivery services, widespread income loss, and specialty items being depleted in grocery stores, this is especially a concern for the food insecure. Commonly relied upon allergy-friendly staples are suddenly unavailable. It is vital that all food allergic individuals are able to access safe food during this crisis. 

That's why we are working to collect allergy-friendly non-perishables to distribute to food pantries in Connecticut, California, and New York. Since April, Securing Safe Food has been collaborating with twelve nonprofits and food banks who are ensuring donations will be segregated and reserved for those with food allergies or celiac disease. 

Donations are being acquired from designated allergy-friendly or gluten free companies and shipped to TAG members’ homes for distribution or directly to food pantries. 

If you are a food pantry in need of allergy-friendly donations or a company interested in donating product, please contact Rachel Brooks at securingsafefood@gmail.com

 

About Securing Safe Food: Allergy Awareness Initiative

We are members of FARE’s 2020 Teen Advisory Group. Our project, titled Securing Safe Food, works to increase the food allergy community’s access to safe food through restaurant education, ingredient lists, and allergy-friendly food pantries. We aspire to support, advocate, and spread awareness to help secure safe food for the 32 million Americans who live with a food allergy. By collaborating with eateries, cafeterias, and local food pantries, we aim to reduce the challenge of finding allergy-friendly food outside the home. 

We plan to educate and interact with restaurants by suggesting procedures for avoiding cross-contamination and helping to create systems that are more friendly to the food allergic community. These systems would include color-coded plates and utensils, helpful and easily accessible ingredient binders, and redesigned menus that label dishes with major allergens. We also aim to introduce comprehensive and easy-to-read ingredient lists in cafeterias and provide allergy-friendly options for those in need by collaborating with local food pantries. This involves establishing top-8 free sections and securing donations from allergy-friendly brands.

Before we achieve these goals, we hope to become a legally certified nonprofit. We are working to raise $1,000 to secure tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. We are calling on the food allergic community for support, so we can raise awareness around life with food allergies and advocate to improve the lives of those affected. So many of us are impacted by food allergies, and we know firsthand how challenging it can be to find allergen-free food, especially outside the home. If you are interested in donating or learning more about our initiative, please visit Our GoFundMe Page and share our mission with others. Together we can strive to secure safe food. 

 

TAG Members: Rachel Brooks, Lizzy Anderlik, Fahran Bajaj, Rylee Christian, Gabriella DiGiovanni, Sydney Hankin, Sara Hantgan, Danielle Huli, Suraj Kalaria, Jacqueline See-Tho

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