Food Allergy Can Opener: Sonya North, SnackRoots founder

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Blog Post #125 — Sonya North lives in the Land of Can.

The mother of three, two of whom have food allergies, saw a problem. And solved it.

After becoming involved in the school PTO, giving food allergy awareness talks in the community, and sitting on a task force to revise the local school district’s allergy guidelines, Sonya made a simple but important realization: People want to include kids with food allergies. They really do. They simply don’t know how to safely include them.

As an engineer and former digital marketing product manager at Procter & Gamble and Bank of America, Sonya knew there had to be a way to alleviate these concerns and help parents find safe snacks for classrooms, teams, parties and other group situations.

So she developed SnackRoots, a free online tool that lets parents make a list of safe snacks. Selecting the group’s allergens will generate a safe list of snacks, which can be easily shared.

“SnackRoots has created a way for a teacher, coach or parent to create a list without being a dietary restriction expert,” North says on her site,

Indeed. I checked out SnackRoots myself. It’s simple to use. It’s lightening fast. It's an incredible resource. I had my mom look at it, too, and her immediate response was, “Brilliant. If only we had this when you younger!”

Sonya lives in Columbus, OH with her husband Brandon and their 3 children.  She enjoys gardening, painting, sewing, managing the SnackRoots product, writing the SnackRoots blog AND living in the Land of Can! Follow her on Instagram @snackroots and on Twitter @sonya_north.


JJ Vulopas is a rising senior at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for young people, JJ has lived with food allergies his entire life. He is the author of the children's book, Land of Not. You can read his daily blog at Follow him on Instagram and on Twitter @thelandofcan.