About 5.6 million children have food allergies. With these numbers, there’s a chance many classrooms in the U.S. will have a student with a food allergy. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) – the food allergy division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) – has created this list of resources to help school administrators, nurses, and staff manage food allergies in the classroom.
Managing Food Allergies at School – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (printable PDF)
This resource from the CDC includes information on food allergy management in schools, with links to “Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies In Schools and Early Care and Education Programs” and “Food Allergies in Schools Toolkit.”
Accommodating Children with Disabilities in the School Meal Programs – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) (printable PDF)
The USDA oversees school lunches throughout the nation. This booklet has their guidelines and resources for successfully managing special dietary needs and food allergies in schools.
Fun Ways to Teach Children About Food Allergies
Help students better understand food allergies through fun activity books, videos, online games, and downloadable resources.
AllergyHome.org School Training Modules
AllergyHome.org offers online staff training to assist school nurses or their designees in school-wide food allergy education. Interactive online video modules and written materials are available.
Food Allergy Management Education Toolkit for Schools
St. Louis Children's hospital, in collaboration with allergy experts from around the nation, created a free manual for schools to help schools create and adopt food allergy policies consistent with the CDC voluntary guidelines for managing food allergies in schools.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) School Zone (Visit AAFA.org)
Many children with food allergies have asthma and other allergies. AAFA offers resources to also schools manage asthma in the classroom. See a wealth of asthma-related resources for students, parents, and school staff.
AAFA’s State Honor Roll (Visit AAFA.org)
This is an annual report by AAFA to help identify states with the most comprehensive public policies supporting people with asthma, food allergies, anaphylaxis, and related allergic diseases in grade schools. Find out how your state ranks.
National Association of School Nurses (Visit NASN.org)
NASN provides various resources and educational tools to help nurses fulfill their mission to “optimize student health and learning by advancing the practice of school nursing.”
Updated August 2021