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A Bit More About The Food Allergy Awareness Expedition
The goal of the FAAE is to find and share companies, brands, and products that help people eat and live safely. We are becoming a resource online for people with food allergies and those who need a special diet for various reasons. We have been able to help people with very complex allergies find safe and enjoyable food. We regularly share with people what's safe to eat, however, we've noticed that brand awareness is lacking in general. A lot of smaller companies, making very safe products, don't have the time and resources to let everyone know that they exist. That's one of the problems we're trying to address. We're also trying to help people learn how to shop, cook, and manage their food allergies. Often times people get trapped in the "there's nothing to eat" head space, and we try to pull them out. You can learn more about the tour at AllergyExpedition.com

So Why Make a BIG Trip? How Does That Help?
Being diagnosed, and living with, food allergies, food intolerances, and special diets can be hard. We’ve assembled resources for you to help you on your journey, and we will be traveling around the country to meet with you personally and answer any of your questions. Social media will give us a platform to communicate quickly with any developments, reports, delights and more. We will be visiting grocery stores for demos and giveaways, mothers groups, hospitals and Doctors offices, factory tours, allergy friendly parties and tasting events, and The Gluten Free and Allergy Free Expo. Kathlena, The Allergy Chef, has been helping people with food allergies for over ten years. She is well versed in many special diets including top 8 allergy free, vegan, paleo, GAPs, AIP, SCD, Low Histamine, Diabetic friendly, and more. She personally has over two hundred allergies, and completely understands what you face on a daily basis if living with allergies. Despite her personal diagnoses, she hasn’t stopped advocating for the food allergy community. She is a voice that wants to ensure that those in need have access to the right resources. Want to learn more about her? Visit theallergychef.com.

The Allergy Chef, Before and After
The Allergy Chef, Before and After

Newly Diagnosed? Here's a Great Tip
If you are severely allergic, know about cross contamination. Although some companies disclose if their product is made in a shared facility/line, food producers are not required to disclose that on product labels in the United States. Allergy friendly companies are more likely to disclose this on the package. However, always call if you are unsure. Speak with customer service, and ask, “Has this product been made on shared equipment with or in a shared facility with (insert allergen)?”

About Our Goal
The goal of $7,500 will help us pay for a trailer and the fuel to drive over 10,000 miles on this journey.  Additional funds that come in will pay for hotels and meals for the team, possible repairs that may come up along the way and more. So far, everything has been funded out of pocket, with a little help from a handful of sponsors. As you can imagine, this is a huge undertaking. Thank you for your generosity.

The Cookbooks from The Allergy Chef and Team at Free and Friendly Foods are part of our Rewards
The Cookbooks from The Allergy Chef and Team at Free and Friendly Foods are part of our Rewards

 

Meet Us On The Road
We would love for you to meet up with us. Here is a tentative schedule.  As details and events are solidified, this list is subject to change (for the most accurate information, visit AllergyExpedition.com):
7.3.17 – Reno, NV (Store Event)
7.5.17 – Salt Lake City, UT (Store Event)
7.7.17 – Wyoming Location (Meet & Greet Tasting Event)
7.8.17 & 7.9.17 – Denver, CO & Area (Store Event, Meet & Greet)
7.10.17 – Omaha, NE (Store Event)
7.11.17 – Overland Park, KS (Store Event)
7.12.17 – Springfield, IL (Meet & Greet)
7.13.17 – Chicago, IL (Meet & Greet)
7.14.17 & 7.15.17 – De Pere, WI & Area (Store Events)
7.16.17 – Mishawaka, IN (Store Event)
7.17.17 – Indianapolis, IN (Meet & Greet Tasting Event with Farmer’s Market Dot Com)
7.18.17 – Columbus, OH (Store Event)
7.21.17 – Harrison, ME (Meet & Greet Tasting Event)
7.22.17 & 7.23.17 – Worcester, MA (GF & AF Expo)
7.24.17 – Boston & New York Locations (Meet & Greet)
7.26.17 – Annapolis, MD (Store Event)
7.28.17 – Philadelphia, PA (Store Event)
7.29.17 – Columbus Circle, NY (Store Event)
7.30.17 – Central Park, NY (Store Event)
7.31.17 – Brooklyn, NY (Meet & Greet)
8.2.17 – North Carolina
8.3.17 – Chattanooga, TN (Store Event)
8.6.17 – Austin, TX (Store Event)
8.9.17 – Albuquerque, NM (Meet & Greet)
8.10.17 – AZ Location (Meet & Greet)
8.12.17 – Orange County, CA (Allergy Friendly Party with Krysten’s Kitchen)
8.13.17 – SoCal Locations (Meet & Greet Tasting Event)

Risks and challenges

There are 3 main risks and challenges that we will face:
1. The health of the Allergy Chef: As the Allergy Chef has over 200 allergies to be concerned with, it is extremely difficult for her to find food and water that she can safely eat. In addition to that, she needs a safe place to be able to remove her mask and rest. On the road, that safe place will need to be the van. We have a backup mask and extra filters for the expedition. We will be bringing safe water and purchasing more when we arrive in Maine.
2. The long drive: Traveling in the team will be three drivers that will take turns at the wheel to ensure that no one is driving tired.
3. Vehicle potential problems: The vehicles will be thoroughly serviced prior to departure. Any red flag items will be dealt with in advance. If anything should happen along the road, we have CSAAA for roadservice.
Those who choose to follow The Allergy Chef on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter, as well as our blog at FoodAndLego.com will be kept informed multiple times per day through "My Story", "Live" and blogged at FoodAndLego.com

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