Twelve million Americans have food allergies, including one in every 17 children under the age of 3. To raise awareness and educate others about food allergies next week, May 9 – 15, has been designated as Food Allergy Awareness Week.
Created in 1997 by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, Food Allergy Awareness Week has been formally recognized by the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you don’t see your state listed, be sure to request a proclamation from your state governor.
This year’s theme is “Respect Every Bite” and encourages people to remember that just one bite of food with an allergen can cause anaphylaxis. Here are some great suggestions from FAAN for ways you can spread the word about food allergies:
- Post information about Food Allergy Awareness Week on Facebook and Twitter. For example,you can sharethe “Respect Every Bite” video from the FAAN YouTube channel:
Host a small fundraiser in your community, such as:
- Allergy-friendly bake sale
- Yard sale
- Lemonade stand
- Car wash
- Dinner party with family and friends
Host a fundraiser at school, such as:
- Collection jar in the classroom
- Guessing jar contest
- Wacky Pajama Day at school
- Movie Night at the school
Are you doing anything in your community to raise awareness about food allergies this year? If so, we would love to hear about it!