Food Allergy 101: Accept & Adapt

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Food Allergy 101: Accept & Adapt


I’m at a community event one summer day when the smells of hot dogs, pizza, and funnel cakes galore fill my nose.There are food trucks lined along the edge of the park. One truck in particular caught my attention—the peach truck. There was a truck dedicated to anything and everything peaches. Mr. A, my allergy, creeps up on me. My allergy to peaches developed in my teen years, so it still feels new to me.

“Stay away from the truck,” he says.

I answer, “I know.”

I watch as the line for the peach truck gets longer and longer. It is the hit of the event with its large variety of selections. It has everything from sandwiches to desserts. Before developing my allergy, peaches were my favorite fruit, especially in the summertime. I hear Mr. A’s voice in my ear, “Remember to accept and adapt..”

Accept and adapt. When I started advocated for food allergy awareness, I never expected I would develop one of my own. I am grateful that I spent the time that I did researching and learning how to keep myself safe, before I knew it would be applicable. While I was disappointed when my allergy developed, I knew what I had to do. I accepted and adapted.

Guest Blogger Jaime Gialloreto has the keys to The Land of Can for the entire week. Jaime, who is Miss New Jersey 2018, studies Communications at Loyola University Maryland. Her inspiration for food-allergy advocacy stems from her younger brother Michael who has had multiple allergies and anaphylaxis since the age of 9-months-old. Read her posts this week on

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Additional information about #ohpacan is below & on our GoFundMe page.

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My mission is to raise food allergy awareness and empower ALL young people in EVERY elementary school across the nation to live in The Land of Can! 

First, we're starting with schools in two states: Ohio & Pennsylvania.

Introducing phase one: OH CAN & PA CAN.

With the help of two amazing organizations — the Allison Rose Foundation and Red Sneakers for Oakley —  we will provide each of the 1,738 public elementary schools in Ohio and each of the 1,619 public elementary schools in Pennsylvania with a special children's book, authentic food allergy resources and CAN empowerment tools that will help all kids soar!

This CANpaign enables us to establish the Land of Can in every public elementary school in Ohio and Pennsylvania (for $17.50 per school!) Each school will receive:

Land of Not: Allison Rose Foundation Edition (Created especially for schools in Ohio.)

Land of Not: Red Sneakers for Oakley Edition (Created especially for schools in Pennsylvania.)

• 136-page Teacher’s PDF Guide To Land of Not and to the 13 Words of CAN that all students should know.

The Nuts & Bolts of Teaching Kids Who Can’t Eat Nuts & Bolts (& soy & dairy & peanuts...) Written by veteran teachers, this eBook will empower educators to confidently teach students with food allergies to succeed. 

• Password-protected access to the online tools to teach the 13 Words of Can, including podcasts with experts, creative activities, reproducible handouts, fun videos, and much, much more.  For the past two years, I have been working with the nation’s top minds to create an authentic resource that educators (and parents) can use to teach ALL elementary students how to live an asset-based life. All educators & parents from each elementary school will have unlimited access. 

• Password-protected access to our ONLINE FOOD ALLERGY SCHOOL RESOURCES suite. For the past two years, I have been working with experts to create an authentic, accessible resource that will feature columns, scenarios, podcasts, etc. for teachers, administrators, parents and school staff. By using best practice and authentic voices to raise awareness for all, we can transform how schools empower their teachers and those who interact with students who have food allergies.

In addition to sending materials to all schools, we also will donate Land of Not book and materials to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

All schools in the CANpaign will receive the information in August 2019, just in time for the start of the new school year!

The food allergy community is a strong community, but this campaign transcends food allergies. This isn't just about children with food allergies. This campaign is about empowering all kids. This CANpaign needs your help. Our children need your help. Your donation will provide our special edition children's book, food allergy resources and CAN empowerment tools to the schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania, setting the stage for us to immediately continue campaigns in other states!

Anyone who donates on the GoFundMe page will have their name printed in every book we send to the schools. (Also, everyone who supported our initial school CANpaign last September will also have your names listed too!)

How many schools will you support today? Please visit our GoFundMe page to contribute.