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Reducing Food Allergy Stress During the Holidays

The "most wonderful time of the year" can feel like the most stressful time of the year for people managing food allergies. Try these tips now to reduce the chances of allergic reactions during holiday celebrations.


For Real and Lasting Change

A picture of Shreaya Madireddy, community ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Shreaya Madireddy (far right) and her family

Shreaya Madireddy is an active high school senior. She lives with allergies to tree nuts, peanuts, coconut, beans, and soy, as well as asthma and eczema. She knows how isolating these conditions can be. Shreaya uses her voice and experience to speak for people with food allergies and asthma as a Community Ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and its food allergy division Kids With Food Allergies (KFA).

Shreaya is helping AAFA advocate for better health care and treatments. At just 17, she has spoken in front of representatives from the FDA and Congress about the challenges of living with food allergies and asthma.

With help from our Community Ambassadors, supporters, and donors, we can promote real and lasting change. Please join Shreaya in supporting KFA by giving a year-end donation to save lives and help improve life with food allergies and asthma

Read more about Shreaya and her dream of becoming an allergist/immunologist.


How Can We Help Kids Get Better Asthma Treatments?

Did you know that asthma puts a child with food allergies at risk of having more severe allergic reactions? Many children with food allergies also have asthma. Childhood asthma can have a significant impact on nearly every aspect of life. You can help drive the future of research on childhood asthma treatments. Take a short survey about managing childhood asthma for yourself or someone you care for to help kids living with asthma.


Children With Food Allergies Ages 5 and Up Can Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, also known as Comirnaty®, is now available for anyone 5 years and up. Additional shots for people with compromised immune systems and booster shots are also recommended. Kids with food allergies can get the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more about these recommendations.


We are grateful for our 2021 corporate sponsors. We sincerely appreciate their help that allows us to offer education, advocacy, research, and support for people managing food allergies. Thank you!


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Find over 100 allergy-friendly cookie recipes in our Safe Eats Recipes®. Sort by allergen, keyword, or rating! Many of the recipes can be easily adapted to your needs, such as the ones shared below.

Thumbprint Cookies
Made without egg, fish, milk, gluten, peanut, sesame, shellfish, soy, tree nut, and wheat
A plate of cutout cookies
Holiday Cutout Cookies
Made without egg, fish, milk, peanut, sesame, shellfish, soy, and tree nut
Gingerbread Men Cookies
Gingerbread Cookies  (can be used for gingerbread houses)
Made without egg, fish, milk, gluten, peanut, sesame, shellfish, soy, tree nut, and wheat

Holiday Menu

As you prepare for holiday cooking and baking, use our master list of our favorite allergy-friendly recipes and hacks for every course of your meal.


3 New Recalls and Product Alerts Due to Undeclared Allergens

TaDah! Foods Spicy Brown Sugar Harissa Hummus Falafel Wrap (undeclared milk) and Wilbur Dark Chocolate Triple Covered Malted Milk Balls (undeclared peanut) are among the foods recently recalled. Be sure to check our list of recent recalls.

Did You Miss Our Last Issue?

If you didn't get a chance to read our November 2021 issue, check it out to learn more about managing milk allergy, oral immunotherapy for food allergies, allergy-friendly versions of popular holiday recipes, and more.

Thank you for your continued support.
Kids With Food Allergies is the food allergy division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. 

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