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Press Kit: Kids With Food Allergies Foundation

Press Kit

Kids With Food Allergies Foundation welcomes media inquiries. We can help provide you with information about food allergies, or connect you with members of our Medical Advisory Team, or with parents raising children with food allergies and related conditions.


Media Contact and to Obtain a Press Kit: 

Lynda Mitchell, President and CEO
(215) 230-5394 Email

Media Contact (Sponsorships and Advertising)

Sponsorships and advertising are available for our Web site, e-newsletters and for local events.   
Michele Cassalia, Development Coordinator

(215) 230-5394 Email

Headquarters 

Doylestown (Bucks County), Pennsylvania

Mailing Address

5049 Swamp Road, Suite 303, P.O. Box 554, Fountainville, PA  18923

Mission  

We improve the day-to-day lives of families raising children with food allergies and empower them to create a safe and healthy future for their children.

History

Kids With Food Allergies Foundation educates and supports families across the country and beyond. Every day, a small staff and a team of 40 volunteers use Facebook, Twitter and its 30,000-member online support community to connect parents with each other and with educational resources, practical information and emotional support. In doing so, parents gain the skills and confidence to respond to allergic emergencies and manage dietary restrictions to keep their children safe and healthy.

Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA) began more than ten years ago when several mothers started connecting online who were all dealing with the fears and challenges of life-threatening allergic reactions and limited diets for their children. Food allergy, which affects 6 million children in the U.S., is a serious condition that can be life-threatening. The only treatment for a severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis, is a life-saving injection of epinephrine medication. Food allergy can lead to nutritionally inadequate diets; some children’s diets are so restricted they need stomach tubes with special formulas to survive. Rather than being uninformed and unprepared, these motivated mothers researched information to become more informed, shared their stories and strategies, helped each other expand their children’s diets and found new ways to improve their children’s quality of life.

From these humble beginnings emerged the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation. A small staff and team of volunteers work to get parents on the right path regarding the management of their children’s food allergies. A multi-disciplinary medical advisory team provides guidance on the development of educational materials.

Information sharing emphasizes prevention of preparedness for allergic reactions, and keeping their children safe, healthy and included in everyday activities. “I have learned so much from the stories that people share about day to day life as well as crisis situations. Being involved with KFA increases my confidence in living life with food allergies as well as in responding to emergency situations such as anaphylaxis,” says Mandi, a KFA member, who continues, “The greatest success that my involvement with KFA has helped me achieve is saving my daughter’s life. When an anaphylactic reaction developed, I was confident and calm and did what I needed to do. I knew what was happening, I knew how to respond, and I knew I need to respond quickly.”

Kids With Food Allergies Foundation is the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Award recipient for the best online food allergy support.

In February, 2013, Kids With Food Allergies Foundation announced its intent to merge with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the nation's oldest and largest allergy charity. Kids With Food Allergies Foundation, pending regulatory approvals, will become a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Facts about the Organization

  • An estimated six million children in the U.S. now have food allergies, many of whom are young children of parents who turn to the Internet for food allergy information, news and support.
  • Organizational growth mirrors the recent, unprecedented rise in food allergies and the use of the Internet for seeking health information.
  • KFA has more than 30,000 members, with 700 new members joining each month.
  • The www.kidswithfoodallergies.org  website receives 75,000 unique visitors, 100,000 total visits monthly, and its busy online support forums generate 170,000 page views each month with about 250 messages posted by members daily. The allergy-friendly Safe Eats™ recipe database houses more than 1,200 recipes.

  • Chief Executive Bio

    Lynda Mitchell received her Master's degree in Health Information Management with a certificate in Health Informatics from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.  She has 20 years’ experience in hospital management, consulting, teaching at the college level and in conducting training sessions and educational seminars.  Her son, now a teenager, developed multiple, severe food allergies as an infant when there was virtually no information or support available for those raising children with food allergies.  In 1998, she helped start the Parents of Food Allergic Kids (POFAK) online support group to connect other parents for peer support, information, tips and coping strategies. In 2004, she founded Kids With Food Allergies to better serve the growing needs of the many parents raising a child with food allergy who turn to the Internet for peer support and health information for raising their food allergic children. Mrs. Mitchell received her B.S. from Temple University (summa cum laude). She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband, a retired naval officer, her son and her Labrador Retriever.


    Testimonials


    “KFA changed my perspective on food allergies. I used to have more fear and frustration. KFA helped me see that the difficulties surrounding food allergies can be met and overcome. I feel so much less limited and so much more empowered.”

    “I recommend KFA to anyone who knows someone struggling with food allergies. It is truly a world of support.”

    “KFA provides hope, encouragement, and a forum for parents to get support from other parents whom are facing similar challenges. It is nice to know you are not alone.”


    Financial Information

    The organization's funding includes charitable donations; corporate sponsorships; educational grants; e-newsletter advertising; Family Membership subscriptions; sales of logo items and merchandise; royalty revenue from purchases made at Amazon.com.


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