| December 14, 2011
2011 Fundraising Drive: Give the Gift of Hope!
Thanks to the support of donors like you, KFA is here as a lifeline when parents feel alone dealing with food allergies. You give us the resources to offer support and practical information to help their children stay safe, healthy, and included in daily activities.
You can help families today as part of our year end fundraising drive. By donating, you are supporting the ongoing education and support efforts families so frequently need. We are about half-way to our goal of $50,000. With your help, we know we can reach it! All funds go directly to help keep kids with food allergies safe and healthy and we appreciate any amount you are able to donate.
Nancy, one of our members, wrote to say, "In a lot of ways KFA helped save my daughter's life yesterday. Because of [KFA] I became much more comfortable with the fact that if I needed to use an Epipen® it wasn't a scary thing. I didn't have to think about how to get to the hospital, I already knew from what I had read here that I needed to call 911. Because of [KFA], I was educated enough to do what I needed to do."
By supporting our work to educate families, you help save lives and improve the quality of life for children and their families. Please consider making a gift today. Even $5 or $10 makes a difference!
President, Kids With Food Allergies
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Safely Celebrate Christmas and Chanukah with Food Allergies
KFA has a great collection of Safe Eats™ recipes and a supportive and caring online community where you can connect with other parents preparing for Christmas or Chanukah. Share menu ideas, ask questions or bounce ideas off other parents who really understand the special challenges that holidays present for families with food allergies.
The following resources will also help you with celebration ideas, food allergy safety tips and more:
Celebrating Christmas with Food Allergies (free PDF guide)
This ten-page booklet presents great Christmas ideas for non-food related holiday crafts and activities, and tips for safe dining strategies. Christmas food allergy recipes include allergy-free gingerbread cookies, candy canes, rice nog, and an egg-free alternative to royal icing to use for making gingerbread houses.
Celebrating Chanukah with Food Allergies (free PDF guide)
Food-free Chanukah crafts, games and activities to make and enjoy dreidels, menorahs and gelt; strategies for making meals safe, and allergen-free recipes for latkes and sufganyot.
Celebrating the Holidays While Breastfeeding an Allergic Child
Tips for nursing on an elimination diet during food-laden holidays
How to Enjoy the Holidays on an Allergy-Restricted Diet
A holiday celebration doesn't give license to test or stretch dietary limits. Learn how your child can avoid the temptation to eat off-limits food.
Your Holiday Shopping Can Benefit Children with Food Allergies!
KFA participates in the Amazon.com referral program. If you use this link: http://www.amazon.com/?tag=kidswithfooda-20 to enter the Amazon.com website before making purchases, Amazon will anonymously send a portion of your proceeds (6-10%) to KFA at no cost to you.
Bookmark the link in your browser to use each time you visit Amazon.com.
Use these links if you are from Canada or the United Kingdom.
Amazon.com carries a large selection of allergy-friendly foods in addition to children's books about food allergy, cookbooks, holiday gifts and more.
A Message from Our Sponsor
Every Parent Can Help a Child Manage and Avoid an Allergic Reaction
"Managing food allergies can be challenging and often impacts the surrounding community, not just the child's immediate family. Allergic reactions to food must be avoided and prepared for at all times and in all settings — including home, school, camp, play dates and parties. The necessary precautions can make a child feel isolated, and at times can spark feelings of resentment and frustration in the community."
Too Few Doctors Using the Right Food Allergy Test
"Physicians may not be conducting the test due to the length of time it takes, three to six hours, and the low reimbursement for a food challenge."
Proposed Federal Legislation Mirrors Illinois Epinephrine Law
"The death of a Chicago seventh-grader who suffered an allergic food reaction at a classroom party last year led to a change in Illinois law that not only encouraged schools to stock epinephrine but allowed school nurses to give the potentially lifesaving drug to any student."
The School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act has been introduced in Congress as Senate Bill 1884 and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
Visit KFA's Allergy Buyer's Guide to find foods and products that cater to the food-allergic consumer. Please let our sponsors know that you found them through KFA!
Sign up for an Associate Membership (no fee) to participate on our online support group forums.
Overcompensating at the Holidays?
"Does anyone else feel like they overcompensate for their child's food allergies — particularly at the holidays?"
Non-Allergic Sibling Question
"At what age would you introduce peanuts to a sibling of a child with food allergies?"
What Dish Has Been the Hardest For You to Make Allergy-Friendly?
Parents share which dishes are the most difficult to replicate with allergy-friendly ingredients.
Twice per year, KFA has been bringing you comprehensive New Allergy-Friendly Foods reports. We'd like to bring the information to you faster, so we will be including New Food Finds in our issues of KFA eNews. The information shared here is for your convenience only, it is not an endorsement or guarantee of the product's safety. Please read the ingredient labels and contact the manufacturers if needed to confirm the safety of a product for your child.
Tofutti Unveils Dairy-Free Ricotta
Based on soy ingredients, Better Than Ricotta offers an alternative for those allergic to dairy. Tofutti products are produced in the same facility as dairy products. For more information on Tofutti's facility, equipment and cleaning procedures, visit their website FAQs.
Cool Cups Vegan Gels
Free of milk, gluten, fat and animal products, these snacks are an alternative to flavored gelatins. Coming soon: 5.5 oz single serving sizes.
Sōl Sunflower Milk
Sōl is a new dairy-free and gluten-free milk alternative made from sunflower seeds. Available in three varieties, each serving provides 30% of the recommended daily allowance for calcium.
Food Alerts! Have you checked the Allergy Recall Alerts section at KFA recently? The following foods were recently recalled:
U.S. Allergy Recalls
- Rhee Bros. Inc.: ASSI Brand Korean Cake Gyeong Dan (undeclared egg)
- Silva Sausage Co.: Neto's Mexican Chorizo and English Brand Bangers (undeclared wheat)
- See's Candies: Almond Clusters (undeclared peanut)
- Uncle Ben's: Whole Grain White Rice Garden Vegetable (undeclared milk)
- Krasdale Foods: Crispy Honey Oats & Flakes (undeclared treenuts)
- Blossom Foods: Dark and White Meat Chicken with Vegetables (undeclared soy)
- Papa Cantella's: Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage with Apples (undeclared treenuts)
- Maxipan Bakery Corp.: Semita de Piña/Sweet Pineapple Cake (undeclared milk)
- Caribbean Rum Balls: "Rum Balls" (undeclared wheat, coconut, milk, and egg)
- Berk Lombardo: Stuffed Chicken Breasts (undeclared egg, milk, and soy)
- Rio Grande Imports: Semita de Piña (undeclared milk)
- Diamond Crystal Brands: GFS Sugar Canisters (undeclared milk)
- Maunee Valley Vending Company: Buffalo Chicken Wedge Sandwiches (undeclared milk)
- Rice-A-Roni: Rice Pilaf Flavor (undeclared milk)
Canadian Allergy Recalls
- Private Stock: Sauces (undeclared sulfites)
- Kawartha Dairy: Moose Tracks Ice Cream (undeclared peanut)
- Irresistables: Gluten Free Cereals (undeclared gluten)
- Get Fresh: Veggie Cups (undeclared milk, egg)
- C.B. Powell: Cream of Wheat Hot Cereal (undeclared soy)
- Tropical Impex: Amul Shrikhand (undeclared milk)
- Lamontagne: Chocolate Products (undeclared milk)
- All the Best Fine Foods: Maple Pecans (undeclared wheat)
- Bumble Bar: Organic Energy Bar Chocolate Chip (undeclared milk, soy, peanuts)
- Heyez Chocolat: Belge Nori Ebene (undeclared milk)
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Editor: Melanie Carver
Proofreaders: Jen Blanford, Melanie Croft, Elyse Hahne, Laura Healy
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