Food Allergy School CANpaign: Let's start in the caf.

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Food Allergy School CANpaign: How does the cafeteria make you feel?

It’s day two of the Food Allergy School CANpaign, and I’m excited.

Throughout the CANpaign, I’m going to be exploring various components of attending school with food allergies. I’ll be introducing parents and educators to a series of CAN words. Embrace these words yourself and, when appropriate, teach them to your children. These aren’t words I made up. These are tools that experts told me all kids, especially those with food allergies, should possess. These are words that help you live in a Land of Can!

Each week, I’ll take CAN words and apply them to a school setting.

Let’s start with the word “control” and explore how it relates to a student (and a parent) successfully navigating an allergy in school. Children living in the Land of Can know what they can and can’t control. It’s vital for allergy management.

Let’s start today with a simple word association game.

I say “School Cafeteria” and you say…

Tomorrow, we’ll take it from there.


About the Food Allergy School CANpaign. I am hoping to send copies of my book Land of Not to 1,000 elementary schools across the nation (and the world). The book raises awareness about food allergies and also contains an online teacher’s guide and handouts to help young people embrace an asset-based mindset. I’m appealing to people to buy a book and donate it to a school.

In addition to trying to get my book in schools across the nation, I also will continue to use my blog and social media to educate and advocate for children with allergies and their families. Throughout the CANpaign, I will take the words of CAN and show parents how embracing these words will help their children have success in school.


The goal of the Food Allergy School CANpaign is to mail 1,000 copies of Land of Not to schools across the country and the world. We must raise awareness about food allergies and share the principles of CAN with children everywhere.

In addition to raising food allergy awareness in schools everywhere, the mission of the CANpaign is also focussed on the success of individuals living with food allergies: By deliberately applying the principles of a CAN mindset to navigating their food allergies in school, students with food allergies will reach their potential academically, socially, emotionally and, ultimately, personally. 


JJ Vulopas is a 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 and follow him @thelandofcan on Twitter and Instagram.