Food Allergy School CANpaign: Looking for CAN Openers

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Food Allergy CAN Openers!

Since my blog’s inception, I have been using my Friday post to highlight Food Allergy CAN Openers, individuals who go above and beyond to improve the lives of young people with food allergies. It’s one of my favorite days of the week. There are SO many incredible advocates who refuse to sit back while others needs help. These are advocates whose help extends far beyond their own children. These are advocates whose actions inspire me to be better and to do more for our community.

During the CANpaign each Friday, I will be honoring the CAN Openers are who are moving this school initiative forward, whether they are buying and donating books for schools or are sharing, retweeting and promoting our videos to those who can buy books! Thank you for raising awareness of food allergies and for empowering young people to be their best selves!


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.