Having food allergies is a full time job. Every ingredient, recipe and toy has to be checked and then checked again. For families that deal with this on a daily basis it can quickly become difficult to navigate normal life. For this reason, food allergy awareness is important. By having more awareness for those in the allergy community, life for those with food allergies can improve dramatically. Steps like better labeling and safer school lunches can change the lives of those in the allergy community.
If your child has food allergies than spreading awareness can be as easy as contacting a teacher. School is a great place to provide your child with their own platform to spread awareness about their allergies. Help your child create a presentation that they can share with their class, teaching them the importance of being aware of food allergies. For many children, food allergies are a completely foreign concept, so by having your child share their experience you are not only teaching them to speak up but showing other children that food allergies are not so crazy after all.
It may seem obvious and overdone, but social media is a great resource when it comes to raising awareness. Find out which hashtags and social media pages are pushing for food allergy awareness and join their fight. If you’re able to, it might even be a good idea to start a blog about your food allergy struggles or experiences. After all, no one is going to fight for you the way that you are, so be your own media representation.
Whether it’s bringing allergy free snacks to school, having a cake-less birthday party or giving out goody bags filled with toys, feel free to be the one to start a trend. By normalizing the idea of having food free parties for kids with food allergies, you can spread awareness for your food allergic family while also introducing unique ideas for parents to explore.
For many people, in order to feel connected to a cause they need to feel it personally. A great way of personalizing the food allergy experience can be by sharing your story. Using social media, along with other more unconventional platforms, you can create a narrative that has you in the center. Not only will this place your story in people’s minds, but it may also push people to take action (e.g. donating or volunteering).
The government can be a hard world to navigate, but when done right, being in contact with them can certainly pay off. Not only does the government have the ability to provide grants for events and push for research but they also have a huge reach. Many government officials can put you in touch with organizations looking to help.
People can’t support a cause they don’t know about, so take any chance you have to talk about food allergies and why support is important. Whether you’re at dinner, at the gym or just at the supermarket, if someone is listening don’t be scared to throw in a couple words about spreading allergy awareness.
Getting people to listen is half the battle, the other half comes when trying to get them to support you. Make sure you don’t give people any reason to walk away from your cause. Brush up on your food allergy statistics and make sure you have a couple stories on hand, because if you want to build a support system then your argument is going to need to have a strong foundation.
Volunteer to go to schools and talk about food allergies, donate any money you can to charities committed to food allergy research and come up with ways to make the world a little safer for people with food allergies. Nobody’s going to support someone who doesn’t have their own skin in the game, it’s important that people see how important the cause is to you. Don’t expect anyone to do something for you that you aren’t willing to do for yourself.
Showing that you’re grateful can push people to want to help you. Take a moment to thank the teacher that allowed your child to present their allergy for the class. Thank the volunteer that took time from their day to spread a little bit of awareness. Whoever it was that helped you, make sure they know they are appreciated.
Living with food allergies will always be difficult, however, raising awareness for food allergies can help make it a little bit easier. That said, spreading awareness isn’t as easy as it seems and can be a full time job in and of itself. Make sure you have a strong support system backing you up and a clear goal in mind before you get to work. Food allergy awareness is vital for the wellbeing of those in the allergy community and by working together we can make their lives just a little bit easier.
During our recent visit to Israel, we really struggled to find food for our son who has anaphylactic level allergies to egg and sesame. We approached both restaurants and hotels and were told they were unable or unwilling to take responsibility for preparing his food.
After learning about Dr. Eliana on-line, we contacted her in the hopes that she could provide a ‘normal’ restaurant experience for our family.
Both she and Shani were meticulous in their preparations with the restaurants to ensure that our son had a wonderful and safe experience.
We truly appreciate their efforts to take care of our son, and to provide us with a lovely vacation experience.
T.M., Chicago, USA
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing gift you have given us over this Pesach- the gift of having you with us!!!!
We have NEVER felt more comfortable, calm, and at ease than we did these past 10 days. Your warmth, professionalism, kindness, and care shown through in all that you did.
My children are so grateful that they were able to be with you this Pesach. You made sure that they were so well looked after and they felt so at ease and comfortable with you! You were so amazing and approachable to them! And they LOVED all the food you so amazingly prepared (supervised allergy-free food preparation, managed menus) for them!
It’s very difficult for us to trust people when it comes to our kids and allergies. You magically were able to take away ALL of our anxieties, and nervousness (and we don’t give that away so easily!!)
We can never fully thank you enough. We truly feel that you instantly became part of our family and we look forward to G-d willing being able to be with you and plan amazing trips with you many many many more times!!!!
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