After Hurricane Sandy here in New York in October of 2012, there was a clear need for disaster relief and emergency supplies for the food allergic community. For example, very often peanut butter is sent in by the Red Cross as it’s nutritious, shelf stable and inexpensive. However for the millions of families coping with a severely peanut-allergic child, when hit with a natural disaster, displaced from homes and safe foods, a PB&J is the exact opposite of what they need. (Sunbutter or Soynut butter might be better alternatives). So I along with many of food allergy leaders and advocates have banded together to create a disaster committee to help get food allergy safe supplies to disaster zones:
"Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), has created a Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Readiness Committee that will address the needs of the twelve million people in the United States with food allergies, and the 20 million who suffer from asthma. With natural disasters on the rise, this committee will consult with national relief organizations to assist food banks and emergency response personnel with the special needs of adults and children with asthma and food allergies in the event of disaster, like the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma."
You can read more about the committee here.
And you can read about to donate directly for the Moore, OK residents here.