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Causes: Family Services, Health, Human Services, Patient & Family Support, Public Health

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.

Target demographics: families learn how to keep their children with food allergies safe, healthy and included

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: educational resources, community events, support groups (local and online), conference meetings and much more -- all for free.

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Community Stories

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies at 10 months old. My husband and I were both new to the world of food allergies with no family history, and to say the least, a bit overwhelmed about how to navigate this new lifestyle and keep our son safe. Somehow I stumbled upon the KFA website and it was so amazing. There were forums- full of helpful, welcoming people who were living the same challenging life and more than willing to answer my questions. I was/am still breastfeeding my son which meant an additional set of challenges- there was a specific forum just for this topic which was such a source of support and comfort for me! There were tons of recipes- sortable by which allergens were excluded, so easy to use! There were easy printable cards for reference when out shopping of all the names for hidden allergen ingredients- made going shopping seem less daunting the first few times and I still carry them around and reference them nearly a year later. There were tons of official references and information provided by allergists and others in the field. They have a beginner's guide that is free to download. I read the whole thing and felt so, so much better about the path that lay ahead. It gave me confidence that we could handle this. Not to be cheesy, but KFA was like a light and an oasis in a dark, scary time. I am so thankful that I came upon their site in my overwhelmed period of google-ing after the diagnosis. I have recommended KFA anytime I hear of another parent with a newly diagnosed child. If I have any allergy related question, KFA is always my first stop to try to find the answer. It is absolutely an AMAZING resource for parents or other caregivers of children with food allergies.

Darrell T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids with Food Allergies helped me so much when my children were first diagnosed with life threatening food allergies. Our allergist simply gave us paperwork and sent us on our way, but KFA, they saved us. They helped me find foods that were safe (when we were avoiding upto 9 food allergens) and they helped me through our first scare. The community of volunteers is completely amazing, helping with recipes and food substitutes and phone contacts for companies. They help remind us that we are not alone when we are fighting the schools to meet minimum needs for our children. And their gatherings are the greatest, for once, my son didn't have to worry about what would be safe to eat, it all was safe. He had the opportunity to meet others like himself and to not be singled out for the trip, it was the most amazing life experience that he still talks about today (two years later). Without them, I'm not sure that we would have made it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We found Kids with Food Allergies 10 years ago and the member boards are the best!
Such great people, such great knowledge and support! Wonderful recipe selections!
A great place to find Support groups and educational materials.
Could not live without them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Being a parent of two kids with multiple food allergies has been stressful, but having access to all the resources, information and support on the KFA site has been an enormous help in navigating life with food allergies.

Selena B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a member of Kids with Food Allergies for years and I really appreciate all that they do to help those managing life with food allergies. Their webinars are top-notch. They are fact-based, helpful, and worth repeat viewing, even for those of us who've been dealing with food allergies for years.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter has multiple food allergies and I love this organization! They have a helpful database of recipes, which is so critical during those first "what do I feed her?" days and beyond. The community boards are full of people willing to help. Their webinars are top-notch and lead by experts in their respective fields.

Client Served

Rating: 5

KFA helps educate my family with informative social media posts (including great graphics to share), a well developed and maintained website, concise and educational blog posts and more! The printable handouts are perfect to share with our local community and local food allergy organization. Everything is written and presented in an educational and positive way, and that helps us to feel empowered with information (vs. overwhelmed). We love KFA!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

KFA has been a leader in helping people manage food allergies for quite some time. My family has relied on them for years. KFA publications and community forums are very helpful. What a great organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I didn't know what to do first when my son was diagnosed with food allergies at 4 months old. I found KFA online, and it's been my MAIN resource for food allergy information, education and support for the past 6 years. I'm so grateful for all of the helpful resources they offer for education and awareness building. From recipes to handouts I give my son's teachers and caregivers, KFA knows what parents and families need to care for kids with food allergies.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this group for over 10 years and I still learn something every time I log in. Between the real advice from parents who have been there and done that already to the recipe database they fill in the gaps between what I got from my doctor and pharmacist. They provide what I need to make everyday living the best it can be for our food allergic family because food allergy in one family member affects the whole family.

Donor

Rating: 5

Kids with food allergies is there 24/7. The parents and volunteers "get it" and are so compassionate. They help you from the diagnosis and support you thick or think. I am so grateful for KFA and their support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids with food allergies has been there since day one! I developed anaphylactic allergies as an adult and had to start overhauling my diet. It was a huge eye-opener but KFA was there . From the constant 24/7 online support to the resources, KFA gives so much to those with food allergies.

While I am a volunteer, I am still awed by the way Kids with food allergies has given me still to this day. The support, the daily encouragement, and the strength to live in a world with lots of allergens. Thank you, KFA, for being awesome! I volunteer to give back and am still encouraged and supported daily. It's a world of support with so many walks of life. They are constant though and I love it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Kids With Food Allergies probably about 8-10 years ago, and probably during the wee small hours of the night as I searched online for direction, answers, and "others like me": the parent of a multiple food allergic child.

Thank goodness they were there; thank goodness I found them and was consequently able to enter the community of warm, welcoming, responsive, direct and knowledgeable folks who had been where I was and could light my path.

By "responsive", I mean that it was and still is rare for any post to go unattended to for longer than a few hours. A question asked in the morning will generally have a handful of helpful replies by afternoon; more by evening.

By "direct", I mean that folks are not hesitant to ask follow-up questions and point out areas that might differ from their experience or understanding. But because of the warmth and caring in the community, it goes without saying that everyone understands the gravity of most scenarios involving life with a food allergic child, and knows that each member has often been in quite scary or confusing situations. Everyone seems to take the time and effort to be clear and explain themselves.

Without any doubt, I can say that because of what I have read on KFA, my child has benefited. When my sister's baby was recently diagnosed with a peanut allergy, I gave my sister three places to check online - and the first two were at KFA: the Resource section for "Newly Diagnosed" and the Community Forums.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first found KFA years ago when I was struggling with the stress of managing my children's life-threatening food allergies. I immediately felt welcomed and supported by the other members, volunteers, and staff as I explored the organization's online forums. Since then, KFA has become a source of up-to-date information about issues that impact families managing food allergies, safe recipes, community and so much more. To anyone impacted by food allergies, I'd highly recommend this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son and I would not be alive, safe, and sane without the work of KFA. They have held my hand when I've needed it, helped me learn to ask the right questions, and taught me how to be my child's best advocate.

Valerie20

Donor

Rating: 5

KFA was a lifesaver for me when I began my allergy journey. The ability to talk to other moms who had BTDT (been there done that) was such a relief. The tips and tricks you learn living this life (how do you handle Trick or Treat, school birthday treats, etc) don't have to be made up on the fly - you have so many willing to share what has worked for them. I still regularly use recipes I've gotten off the site - far more than any cookbooks I've purchased.

They are especially helpful when dealing with multiple food allergies. At one point my son could only eat three foods, but with the help of the site I was able to make him muffins.

KFA was invaluable in shortening the learning curve and helping me to be successful in navigating this food allergy journey.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After realizing my family diet needed to change due to food intolerances, I stumbled along on my own for a while. When I finally joined Kids With Food Allergies website, I couldn't believe all the opportunities I'd been missing! I can't imagine my life without KFA for the last 5 years. Even though I now consider myself an "expert" on allergies, I'm still learning new tips and ideas from cooking to dealing with school parties and more. The other members are very encouraging and helpful - and more knowledgeable than many doctors in the real-life issues that food allergies create. If you or anyone in your life suffers from food allergies or intolerances, you should definitely visit this site.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids With Food Allergies has been an amazing resource and support for my family. The forum moderators have skillfully and lovingly helped me navigate the mindfields of our life managing multiple life threatening food allergies. My sons daily quality of life was better because of the practical
advise, sharing product info, and best of all the HUGE recipe database. They helped expand our world of limited food and gave encouragement. They gave me access to credible information to share with my school, and training materials for my sons caregivers. I've been part of the KWFA community since it's founding when my son was a toddler, and we will be celebrating his 15 the birthday this week with a safe and delicious "wacky cake" recipe I learned at KWFA. My deepest thank you!

Sharon160

Donor

Rating: 5

Kids with Food Allergies is a rock solid food allergy non-profit that provides helpful information for parents that is medically sound, empowering, and supportive. They have been champions in awareness, advocacy, and legislation. I'm so grateful for the organization and their vision.

heatherr73

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have two child with multiple food allergies. The second one also had horrible eczema, reflux and food aversions. When my son was put on Neocate formula I was handed a Rx and was told good luck. No directions, nothing. KWFA helped me with directions for making it, any questions I had, and how to deal with a child who didn't eat food but only took formula. I would be lost without them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

KWFA so very helpful when I had a child with food allergies different than his sister. Then more ideas for me when he wasn't allowed to eat at all. They have been the best at supporting me through my son's struggle with eating and being on formula still at 7. I would be lost without them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found KWFA during a Google search. My youngest son had a lot of food related issues going on and I was just looking for help. KWFA has now been with us since before our diagnosis and now after. They have helped us with recipes, support and knowledge. Knowledge is power and you will learn so much on this site. I refer friends, family and use their printable help sheets for myself and others. We love KWFA.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first found Kids With Food Allergies 5 years ago. It was a lifesaver then, full of resources reviewed by their medical advisory team and volunteers and members providing support and assistance with the daily reality of living with food allergies. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) continues to be the main source of food allergy information and support for our family. The recent website updates make KFA accessible to so many more people. And the resources continue to be high quality, offering more ways to print and share with family, friends, and caregivers. KFA truly makes it possible to raise safe, happy, and confident kids with food allergies.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After my son reacted unexpectedly to his first cashew, I hit the internet searching for information. Discovering KFA has literally saved my son's life. The information provided in KFA's Resources section is reviewed by a Medical Advisory Team, so you can trust the accuracy of the information. The community on the forums is very warm and helpful. Everyone strives to help everyone else and is bursting with helpful tips for living with food allergies. When I think of KFA, I consider it part of our family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We entered the world of food allergies about 13 years ago. The learning curve is so steep! Thankfully i found KFA a few years later. I can't say enough amazing things about KFA. Between recipes, school resources, webinars, parental support, and so much more, KFA is what helps me keep my sanity. The doctor gives you the diagnosis, but KFA helps you navigate your journey.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The doctor gives you a diagnosis, but they generally can't give you advice on how to live with it. The support and resources at KFA that make it possible to be a successful parent of a kid with food allergies. Sharing the burden with other families makes it easier to deal with the day to day realities. I'm so grateful for KFA in my life. One of the many reasons I try to pay it forward by volunteering my time with KFA to help other families deal with food allergies.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There is a lot of information available on the internet about food allergies. But one of the only sources I trust (and share) is Kids With Food Allergies. The content they share is reviewed by an expert panel of allergists and other health care providers. This is what sets them apart from other organizations, companies and bloggers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started using Kids with Food Allergies website last year. It has been a tremendously helpful resource being able to connect to the allergy community, especially those with multiple allergies as I know few children like that. I have read through past postings, current postings, and post questions myself. When I was trying to navigate insurance questions about my daughter going on a special medical drink because of her allergies, I received numerous responses that helped me know what to do next. I've read about food challenges, struggles, food allergen recipes, research... and its all so helpful. Its so much more information than you can get at an allergist's appointment or from an allergy magazine. Volunteers run the forum and do an excellent job at moderating it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome resource for those living with life threatening food allergies.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year my family's world was knocked upside-down. My daughter was diagnosed with food allergies and a few short months later, my son was diagnosed anaphylactic to many different foods. While the doctors and allergist staff were helpful, they were nothing compared to what I found with KFA. At KFA I found parents that had already been through it, and they helped step me through what I could and could not safely find for my children. They were there for me EVERY step of the way. Through friends that didn't want my children around, and how to deal with the schools, to helping me feel braver when it came time to challenge foods. They were there through the sleepless nights, and someone was always available with a shoulder when I just needed to cry.

My family wouldn't be where it is today without the KFA and all of the amazing people that I get to work with. They're more than just an organization, they are family.

2 cfmartin

Board Member

Rating: 5

Kids with Food Allergies is the largest online community dedicated to supporting families dealing with food allergies. With a fabulous recipe database, experts, and peer staff, parents have somewhere to turn when their kids are diagnosed with food allergies. It's great to belong to a community of people who really get it!

2 Vicki53

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son has multiple food allergies and this group has been very helpful and supportive. I joined when he was an infant and now he is 15. I still post questions and comments and would recommend it to anyone dealing with food allergies. The doctors are great but the advice from parents is the best :-)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After my son was diagnosed with multiple life-threatening food allergies when he was 7 months old, we were so overwhemled. And scared. We had a lot to learn about keeping him safe and healthy. After frantically searching the internet for help, I discovered KFA. It was and is an endless resource for support and information. I have learned so much there! My son is now 3 and he is thriving, thanks in no small part to KFA. It's the reason I am still sane and he is healthy and safe. Oh, and the recipes are awesome too!

2 Jenny69

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Kids With Food Allergies Foundation. As a non-profit organization that always has their fingers on the pulse of what questions and concerns their members need help with, the wonderful free webinars they produce for the public, and the vast amount of experience and expert advice available to its members is superb. The original food allergy community and still the finest. Proud to support their efforts!

1 Julie194

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

KFA saved my sanity and helped me keep my child alive with all of their info, support, resources & recipes. The volunteers are amazing. The founder is very active and a role model for us all. There are many food allergy sites. In my opinion this is the best, and the only one people should go to to accurate information. I believe they were the pioneers. I know people have tried to copy their model and documents and start their own for profit groups. I love that they have a world class medical advisory board. The board, leaders and employees don't get paid, last I knew. If they do now, which I doubt, it'd be nominal. They truly are "not for profit".

1 Homa W.

Donor

Rating: 5

KFA genuinely cares about the cause of children with food allergies. They provide free materials, seminars, and a network of support. I am always happy to support KFA especially because there is never this perpetual fundraising push - they provide quality content and donors support them because there needs to be access to this data.

1 Carrie68

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kids With Food Allergies Foundation helped me when we could not figure out why our baby was so sick. Their support was invaluable as we figured out my son's non-IgE mediated food allergies, asthma, eczema, and reflux. Later when we needed to figure out safe recipes KFA once again was there for us. I have been a client, donor, and volunteer and cannot say enough good things about them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter is 7 years old and is thriving and we have KFA to thank! We have been aware of her milk allergy from the time she was 2 weeks old. Her first 2 years where so hard, I found KFA after her first anaphylaxis at 2 years. They have been my main support through the years. There are so many changes as children grow with how their allergy affects their lives physically and emotionally. It is so valuable to hear from other parents who are going through it or have already been there & can give guidance. I have also been able to educate myself, our family and our schools with the webinars and educational material they provide. All I have learned from KFA has made a huge impact on how full and wonderful her life is with her milk allergy...and how healthy she is:) I'm so grateful we've had KFA in our allergy journey, to support and guide us during the difficult times and to share our joy when we've figured things out! Thank you KFA!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my oldest was diagnosed with food allergies to milk, eggs and peanuts at the age of 15 months, I was sent home from the allergist's office with a prescription for epi pens and a warning to avoid all of those foods in his diet. The concept of it is simple, but in reality, there are so many little details that can only be discovered by living them day to day. KFA has been an invaluable resource for me over the years. My oldest is now almost 6 and has outgrown his egg and milk allergy and now has to avoid peanuts and tree nuts. I have two more children, one who has outgrown her only food allergy and one who has multiple severe allergies. KFA is a place I can go when I need a shoulder to cry on, ears to listen, an honest opinion, some been there done that experiences, recipes, and more. The resources and links are full of information to help anyone at any stage of their food allergy journey and the forums are priceless.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my daughter was diagnosed at the age of one with life-threatening allergies to dairy, eggs, nuts, and wheat, I was completely unprepared for how to keep her safe, let alone included in daily activities. I left our doctors office with an epi-pen prescription and nothing else.

I found Kidswithfoodallergies.org a few months later while searching the internet for help. It was a life-changing discovery. The online support forums helped me realize that I was not alone on this journey. I posted an introduction to myself only to be warmly welcomed by several volunteers. I asked so many questions and received helpful answers from parents around the country.

When my daughter had her first anaphylactic reaction I turned to the community for support, and learned that my roller coaster emotions following that event were totally normal. I felt so supported.

The organization also introduced me to a local in-person support group that I have been attending for the last couple of years. That has lead to new friendships and community for my family.

The fact that these services are provided for free is a gift. I am thankful for them, and proud to support them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Solid resources, helpful forums. I've now helped my now 4 yr old adjust to several allergies (dairy, eggs, nuts and peanuts) diagnosed at 1). I had difficulty explaining to daycare, KWFA had great tips, sample forms and education material I used to get her teachers and aids up to speed, including being able to store her epipen near her (instead of locked away with normal meds).

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our son was diagnosed with severe food allergies while still an infant. He is anaphylactic to all forms of dairy and peanuts. It was so hard being told "Just avoid all dairy and peanuts when you feed him." The doctor handed us a list of common "dairy" ingredients and off we went. It really turns your world upside down to realize that the entire way you have eaten up until that point is no longer safe for your child. Have the Kids With Food Allergy network to turn to for advice and just talking about what we were going through was a tremendous help! And then being able to go back to the doctor and say, "Listen, you need to tell people about this organization!" was huge! I've been a supporting member of KWFA for several years now...and I'll continue to be even if one day our son outgrows his food allergies. The work they do is important for both the parents and the kids.

Lynn53

Volunteer

Rating: 5

KFA was our "lifesaver" when we first entered the world of food allergies and were completely lost trying to figure out the day to day aspects of *living* with food allergies. Our allergist has been great at medical advice, but KFA filled our huge need to be able to do basic things like go grocery shopping and figure out how to safely feed a child with food allergies. KFA is our "go to" resource for great evidence-based information and practical "how to" information as we've navigated holidays, birthday parties, family events, and sending our children with food allergies to school. The KFA support forums are warm and welcoming.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

KFA has been there for me from the beginning. I can not thank KFA enough for being there for me when I was first diagnosed through today. From the daily support and encouragement to the recipes and food substitution help, KFA is always there and present. They care and support. I am forever grateful for their constant support and will continue to use and be a part of KFA on a daily basis. They are a lifeline for me. It's a true connection.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

KFA was a sanity saver for me and for several years was the only place I could feel secure and discuss allergy-related issues without being criticized for trying to keep my child safe. It was and still is a place where i go to make sure certain foods/brands are safe and where i can find answers to many other questions and meet people who deal with similar challenges.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kids with Food Allergies (KFA) Foundation and the website they operate has been very instrumental in helping my wife and I find information concerning foods and other products that are safe for our son. When he was diagnosed with tree nut allergies, we knew nothing about the symptoms, the dangers of common items, or the medications we would need to keep him safe. In addition to the information we receive from our son's allergy doctor, KFA has helped us so much with managing his allergy and giving us the insight and knowledge we need as his parents. We have learned new ways to shop for groceries, how to ask the right questions at restaurants concerning allergies and cross-contamination, and even how to leave him in the care of others. It has been a huge adjustment for our family but KFA has helped in more ways than we could have done on our own. The people who take the time and effort to run the foundation as well as the website have been so helpful they can never truly be repaid. They are a tremendous asset.

1 Megan47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

KFA has been a blessing to me and my family. On the dawn of my daughter's EoE diagnosis in 2010, this community was there to offer me support and encouragement. Since her diagnosis nearly 3 years ago, we've faced not only many challenges, but many victories as well. If it wasn't for the support, encouragement, resources, and the 'been-there-done-that' experiences, I am unsure if my daughter would be thriving and doing as well as she is today. It is truly and honor and privilege to be a part of this wonderful community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started out with KFA when it was a Yahoo group in 2005, a few months after my son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies. I did not become an official volunteer until 2013, so I feel like I can write from both the perspective of a volunteer and long term client.
More than any other organization, KFA helped me figure out what to feed my son early on, especially how to bake, and also time-saving methods. When someone in your family is allergic to 12 different things you spend an awful lot of time in the kitchen, shopping, scouting for new food and different supplies, pre-planning for parties, and don't even get me started on vacations. It's like being on a never-ending expedition, but you have your own virtual search and rescue team to guide you in the form of other parents who have gone through this before - with schools, camps, and difficult relatives!
I learned that my reactions to thorny situations are normal, but manageable. That is the key thing - this is a livable illness. It just requires more prep and thought.
Now I'm a vet, about to enter the adolescent years with him, which brings a whole new set of challenges. As this population of kids grows older, so will their needs, and I suspect our discussions on KFA will change as well (it is mostly parents of younger kids who sign on looking for help, but what am I going to do when he starts dating? Aieeeeee!)

Client Served

Rating: 5

KFA has been a great source of information and support for my whole family. I do not know how we could have been able to get by in the early days of my son's diagnosis without this organization.

2 mahbahlih

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization educated and supported me through one of the most difficult times in my family's life -- my infant son having severe life-threatening food allergies. When you are part of KFA, you are part of an amazing family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

KWFA has been an amazing source of information and support since our son was diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies. Like many families with a new diagnosis, we were unsure of what we needed to do to keep our son safe, even after meeting with multiple medical professionals and specialists. The community and resources available at KWFA have helped to validate and normalize the difficult feelings and experiences associated with our son's medical needs. Thanks to KWFA we have established new routines that will keep our whole family safe and healthy.

1 Danielle24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a mother if a 13 month old with five foods he is allergic to. When I found out about this I felt very alone and uneducated until I found this site. The contributors are quick to respond to questions and very supportive. I am so grateful for this group. I really don't know where I would have gone for support.

Sheri D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son had an anaphylactic reaction to peanut butter when he was 14 months old. My husband and I were both shocked and scared, as we didn't know anyone with food allergies. We didn't know where to turn. While searching online for information on peanut allergies, I found the KFA forums and never looked back. They have helped my family tremendously, with their knowledge and support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

KFA is such an amazing resource for the food allergic community! I have life threatening food allergies, as does my son, and I found the support at KFA invaluable, not only to help me with practical tips for living day to day with food allergies, but also to help me maintain my sanity. I truly believe that KFA can be life-changing for those with food allergies and I would bet that it has literally been life-saving for many. I now volunteer for KFA and hope that I can help others in the way that I've been helped.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my son was diagnosed I was at a loss not knowing what exactly I was supposed to do to keep him healthy. I was searching the web and found KFA and immediately knew what a valuable resource I stumbled into. The fact that they offered so many free resources was a huge help and then I decided to join as a family member so that I could get access to the entire site and also support an organization that provides so much real life real time help. The recipe database, the product recommendations and just connecting with other parents who help each other through the support forums really has helped me through those dark days at the beginning of this new lifestyle we were thrown into. I have learned so much through this organization and am so thankful to have found them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my daughter was 7, her doctor told me we needed to eliminate wheat, egg, and dairy from her diet, in addition to already known allergies to nuts and soy. I just cried; I had no idea what to even make for dinner. At that point, I was not internet-savvy; I got about a dozen different "allergy" cookbooks, none of which were really right, and cobbled together a way to cook for her. I really wanted to be able to help other parents dealing with the same issues, and went online looking for information on how to start a support group ... and found that one already existed. I was part of KFA when it was an endless email loop, and have continued to be involved as it has grown into an international support group. KFA helps parents cope with the daily challenges of caring for children with food allergies and other related medical issues, with parent-to-parent, how-to-really-live-with-this, support that just isn't available anywhere else. The resources are huge - a recipe database developed by parents, information on new allergy-friendly products being released, and just the knowledge that other parents are walking in your same shoes. It can be awfully lonely when no one you know has a child like yours. KFA changed my life, and I know that I have changed the lives of others because sharing my daughter's story helped a number of other families gain insight on what questions to ask, what rocks to pick up, as they searched for answers for their children.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When my son had an unexpected allergic reaction to cow's milk at just 6 months old, throwing us down a long and troublesome road dealing with multiple food allergy diagnoses, I immediately sought out the comfort and support of others dealing with life-threatening food allergies. Kids With Food Allergies is where I found that kind of community! This foundation has been an irreplaceable source of knowledge for me, giving me the tools to keep my child safe. If it wasn't for the valuable information found all throughout KWFA's resources, I wouldn't have known half of what I know now, and I might have unknowingly endangered my child's life by misjudging when to administer the EpiPen Jr. or when to recognize the signs of anaphylaxis. Thank you KWFA for everything!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids with Food Allergies has literally changed my and my family's life. We all suffer from allergic diseases. I had a very sick baby on my hands when I first joined KFA. He frequented the emergency department at our local children's hospital, and he was eventually admitted for 8 days for a "mystery illness". It was the information I found on KFA that allowed me to advocate for him and get him the proper treatments for his rare allergic disease, eosinophilic esophagitis. In addition, my husband was recently diagnosed with a more mild form of the same disease thanks to information I gathered with help from KFA community members. We can now prevent him from developing further damage to his GI tract. For me, the online community has been an amazing support and source of information.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with food allergies as a baby, he is now 14 years old. At the time when he was diagnosed, there was not much info out there for me, no support, no idea as to what to feed my child, or what was safe for him to eat. I never heard of cross contamination, or how dangerous it was. I stumbled on to Kids With Food Allergies by chance, it literally opened my eyes, and taught me how to navigate the strange new world of food allergies. I have laughed, cried, have received support, given support, and learned. When my son has had to be EPI penned due to his anaphylaxis reactions, the community of KFA has held my hand, and given me the strength to pull my self together. I will never have the ability to express what an impact it has made for my family. My son has other medical issues, but my far the one true organization that I can count on day or night is KFA, if i need advise or help with trying to figure things out, they are always like a shining beacon on a dark night.

Stephanie54

Client Served

Rating: 5

KFA is a place where parents can come for ideas, support and understanding when dealing with food allergies. They have helped me set up a safety plan for my son at school, given me countless recipes and a virtual shoulder to cry on when needed. I wish I had found it earlier in my allergy parent journey! Thanks KFA!!

Karen90

Volunteer

Rating: 5

KFA was a lifesaver when my kids were first diagnosed with food allergies. I'm proud to be a volunteer and hope others find this resource as vital as we did.

1 Amber19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi! I'm the mother of a 6 year old boy with multiple food allergies. (14 to be exact!) To say feeding him is difficult would be an understatement. I found kids with food allergies when he was an infant, and it helped in so many ways. I was able to get support, and lots of detailed information about how to feed him and keep him safe. KWFA is really a wonderful organization with a great comradery. It's welcoming and comforting to parents of kids with food allergies.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

KFA is a fantastic resource and I only wish I had it back when my son was first diagnosed with milk and egg allergies when he was a year old.He is 12 now and outgrew those allergies but gained nut and peanut allergies and has swallowing problems also which is what led me to KFA last year.Their support and knowledge is second to none and even though I am from the UK I have been made to feel like one of the family.I was more than happy to give something back as a volunteer :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed with multiple food allergies as a baby. We somehow puttered along without knowing much about the importance of avoidance or what to do if she would have a severe reaction. When she was 3, I stumbled across KFA, and it changed my life. The warm atmosphere there made me feel welcome immediately, and the information I learned there was priceless. I learned what to avoid and how, how and when to use an EpiPen, and lots more. I also got invaluable support during the hard times when we experienced difficult reactions or got bad test results. I am now volunteering with KFA to try to help others the same way that I was helped when I most needed it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found KFA when my older daughter was having trouble eating lots of different foods. The volunteers and members helped me work with doctors to sort out her food allergies, people on KFA gave me support when things were tough, gave me recipes and food ideas when we couldn't eat our usual foods, and guidance about what is in the news about food allergies. KFA was so helpful I later became a volunteer to try and give back the love and support that I had gotten and that were so important to me.