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Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Public Health

Mission: Taking the fear out of food allergies.

Geographic areas served: Minnesota

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I really appreciate this being done having dietary restrictions as well as many other people in Minnesota, but their website is incomplete. They don't have a contact that I can find on their website. I am interested in contacting them because I am planning to start a gofundme in which I would have the money wired to them as a school project. I had to research all the cities and I love this organization, but it lacks the effort to have people reach out to them. If you have any knowledge of this, please contact me. ereed@student.thrprojectschool.org

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is making significant impacts at the local and national level! Well done! :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year at AFAA's annual walk I overheard a young boy at the refreshment stand saying "mom - I can actually eat ALL of the things here!" The excitement in his eyes brought tears to mine!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family was able to attend our first Twins game thanks to the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association. We appreciate having such a wonderful program available for our son who is allergic to peanuts and has asthma. If he has peanuts his lungs will collapse, food allergies are no joke. So I just want to thank everyone who volunteers to help children who have food allergies. It's nice to feel "Normal" at an event and enjoy instead of feeling worried that your child isn't safe and where is the closest hospital.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son has had a severe peanut allergy diagnosed at one year of age, prior to even eating any peanuts. AFAA has provided a significant amount of information to educate our family over the past 5 years and give guidance as he has aged into school. Due to the level of his peanut allergy we have not been able to participate in regular Twins baseball games. My son is a sporting fanatic and loves all of MN teams. He was so excited about being at Target Field and watching the Twins players in person he did not even care that we were loosing 0 - 9 when we left~!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family enjoys the safe events that AFAA facilitates for those with food allergies such as Peanut Free Halloween events @ MOA, Twins games, Timberwolves games, etc.

In addition to these events, AFAA does so much more. They have workshops with expert speakers, lobby at the state and national level for food allergy interests and they educate the public via their booth at the Minnesota State Fair and also the booth they have at the state school nurses conference.

We feel very lucky to have such a wonderful advocacy organization available and consider them a very worthy recipient of your support.

Kaylee D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love the Twins game and all of the resourceful e-mails. It's been a great help and support.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is pleasure to be a supporter and active volunteer for this group. I am a practicing allergist in the Twin Cities area. Food allergies have been on the rise. Many parents have gained valuable knowledge and support from this wonderful organization. The group plans fun and educational activities throughout the year; Awareness Walk at the Mall of America, State Fair Information Booth, Summer Camp out near Lake Minnetonka, Twins Game outing and much more!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AFAA is and has been an amazing organization to work with on many levels! As a parent of a child with food allergies there are daily battles. We have ongoing worries about safety, security, belonging, and enjoyment of life for our children. AFAA supports parents and individuals with food allergies in so many amazing ways. They get the word out to the public that food allergies need to be taken seriously by meeting with legislators, going to the state capitol, and completing interviews on television and radio. AFAA includes children in their work as they have holiday activities that do not involve food. A few of our favorites are the Halloween party, 4th of July parade, and the Walk at the Mall of America. What amazes me is the dedication and persistence that the leaders of this organization show. They have been positive role models for me and family from the first encounter with AFAA! We look forward to our life long journey with food allergies knowing that we have AFAA on our side.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AFAA helps my grandchildren by providing events that they can attend without worrying about their food allergies, like a special summer camp, Halloween party and Walk at the Mall of America, Twins and Timberwolves games in Minnesota. Also, AFAA ensured that schools in Minnesota allow kids to have easy access to their emergency medicine and peanut free areas at school.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I ran a campaign to raise funds for food allergy research and promote awareness of this issue. For this, we contacted hundreds of food allergy support group leaders throughout the United States. The Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota was the first organization to provide support for this campaign. They immediately reached out to their membership (2000 members at the time) through their e-newsletter, and continued to support us throughout the campaign. It is clear that they have a strong dedication to helping people with food allergies.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was so impressed with the excitement of all of the walkers. They were involved and appreciated in the work to set up this program to assist themselves and there families affected with food allergies. When I volunteer I always wish that this is a viable cause, and it is and very important to all peoples. Blessings to this program

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved in helping plan several events for this organization. The passion and care they have for people who are touched by food allergy issues is truly inspiring. AFAA is a caring organization that strives to advocate and support those struggling with life threatening food allergies.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with this organization in honor of my sister and nephew who have both suffered from severe food allergies their entire lives. I fell in love with the organization because of their passion, drive, structure, accomplishments and genuine care. Everyone involved with this organization has nothing but good things to say about it and the people involved. Very positive & supportive!

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I became involved with AFAA and immediately realized the importance to the health of individuals that face this life threatening issue every day. I am fortunate not to. AFAA somehow moves mountains with volunteers--starting with their volunteer unpaid Executive Director. The families that get involved to support this organization are amazing. I have been so impressed by their commitment to the cause while living with the issue every day 24-7. It's truly an honor to help.

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

I found out about AFAA through an organization that was seeking board members for AFAA. I was immediately impressed with the legislation that AFAA has helped to pass that directly impacts people with allergies.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When our daughter was a toddler she was diagnosed with nearly 20 food allergies - she's since outgrown half of them so we're only faced with ten. They are life threatening. I cannot explain how overwhelming it is to live with allergies, especially when first diagnosed. Cooking, shopping and eating immediately became an intense puzzle. We found so little information and resources at the time so we were grateful to find AFAA. Through them, we met a number of helpful people who shared recipes, travel and shopping tips, and could truly empathize with the daily fear and frustrations of allergies. Over the years we've discovered that although daily life becomes more managable, each new experience brings incredible challenges. Navigating childhood joys like playdates, birthday parties, school, church or camp is very stressful. Because allergies are a life-long journey for us and our daughter, we deeply appreciate the advocacy, education, support and awareness AFAA does on behalf of all families with living with food allergies. The founders are tireless and continue to offer new, creative opportunities while providing steady support and advocacy.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are defining moments in everyone's lives and our son's food allergy diagnosis was one of them. Our son has a life-threatening food allergy to peanuts and tree nuts. It has changed the way we look at food, live our lives, and interact with the world around us. AFAA has been our lifeline as we navigate through this food allergy journey. It has provided needed food allergy education to families, schools, and communities. The organization's advocacy work has provided our son with safeguards at school and in emergency situations (i.e. anaphylaxis) that ensures our son will receive epinephrine treatment. Thank you AFAA for taking the fear out of food allergies and for being a leader as a MN non-profit food allergy organization!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 4

AFAA has helped our family deal with the very difficult task of living with a child with a life threatening food allergy. We received so much support and help - both concrete and emotional - from AFAA that I volunteered to take on the huge task of chairing the first ever AFAA Walk at the Mall of America. I was more than happy to do the work - as AFAA's director came to our school to talk about training the staff on Epi-PEns. I have attended the AFAA conference for years and received loads of information from the medical professionals and other families living with food allergies. My family has volunteered for years at the AFAA booth at the State fair - it is so important to educate other people about how scary and life threatening a food allergy is - all it takes is one bite! And we see thousands of people every day at the State Fair booth so this is a perfect way to get out the message. Living with a food allergy is a daily challenge and AFAA has helped our family in countless ways - their help is prioeless!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

All my life (of 40+ years) I enjoyed eating what I enjoyed, skipping what I didn't, and not worrying about how my food habits affected other people. That all changed when I met three people and got involved with the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota. First, I met my sister-in-law who has a severe reaction to onions; the second person was a coworker whose lips would grow to the size of circus clowns when she ate certain fruits; the third was a young neighbor boy who has severe allergies to nuts. As a former hotel kitchen worker, I realize now how serious food allergies can be and that everything I touch may result in life or death for persons with severe food allergies. Since a cure is not available for my friends and family, education is key. I volunteer for AFAA to raise the conscience of those who were oblivious like me and don't realize the importance of food safety. AFAA does that through several outreach events, such as a state fair booth, benefit concert and walk, kids and family daycamp, peanut-free MLB ballgame suites and more. I've seen the smile come across a stressed mother's face when she realizes that she is not alone in her struggle to raise a baby with recently discovered severe food allergies to milk. She can get help through AFAA of MN and talk to other parents who have learned with the help of AFAA, to take the fear out of food.