The Nerdery - Overnight Website Challenge

Minneapolis 2013,

Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota (AFAA)

The Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota (AFAA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose motto is: Taking the Fear out of Food Allergies. Of the more than 200,000 Minnesotans have food allergies, 55,000 are school children.

AFAA has a long record of advocacy success since its beginnings in 2001 and it continues to offer many support programs and numerous events.

As a medically-based organization, AFAA receives guidance from its Medical Advisory Board, and as a non-profit it is supervised by an operational Board of Directors. AFAA is a volunteer-run organization: it has no paid staff members or paid board members. More than 350 volunteers implement AFAA’s many programs and projects each year, including AFAA’s Executive Director, who has donated over a decade of full-time pro-bono work to the organization.

AFAA’s volunteers have “moved mountains” in the words of one state agency official, often while on a shoestring budget. The talents and passion of its members are key to its successful programs and events.

AFAA’s Advocacy achievements include:

* Epinephrine in MN ambulances law

* MN Dept. of Health Medication in Schools Guidelines for emergency epinephrine

* Promotion of Anti-IgE pharmaceutical research

* Bill Brief to Members of Congress and staff regarding food labeling and the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA)

* Epinephrine in MN schools law guaranteeing immediate access at all times, and staff training

* Medical insurance coverage for elemental (amino acid) formula for those who can’t eat food

* Development of Minnesota School Food Allergy Guidelines

* Support of federal school Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Management Act (FAAMA)

* Collaboration with organizations across the U.S. for $6 million increase in federal research funding

* St. Paul City Restaurant Food Allergy Ordinance

* FDA Food Code Minnesota Rule Revision to include food allergy provisions for food service industry

* Conference for Food Protection’s resolution for release of FDA Restaurant Guidelines

* School district adoption of food allergy policies and practices

* Negotiations with Northwest Airlines (now Delta) for airline food allergy safety provisions

* Led submission of over 2,000 comments to U.S. Department of Transportation regarding food allergy airline passenger safety

AFAA’s Education program’s include:

* Annual Food Allergy Conference & Expo with leading food allergy presenters, professional training, and exhibitors from numerous companies

* Seminars & Resource Fairs in northern and southern Minnesota

* Food Allergy E-Magazine

* Speakers Bureau: professionals offering presentations and in-service training to schools, daycares, restaurants, medical groups, etc.

* Booth Outreach Program: Booths/Tables at educator, nurse, and food service conferences & conventions, & MN State Fair

* Meetings with Policymakers; testifying before legislative and regulatory committees

* Media appearances and Published articles

* Printed and electronic resources (fliers, fact sheets, school action plan materials); DVDs and autoinjector trainers

* Classes and curriculum development

* Lesson Plans and accompanying materials for K-4th grade students

* Facebook Q&As with physicians and other experts

* AFAA Awards to honor those who have demonstrated exceptional efforts on behalf of the food allergy community

AFAA’s Support Includes:

* Food Allergy Awareness Walk

* AFAA Camp – the first U.S. camp for food allergic kids and their families (day & overnight)

* Marching unit in Food-free Independence Day parade

* Food-safe Twins, Saints, and Timberwolves sporting sections

* Halloween Allergy-Free Zone at Mall of America’s "World's Largest Indoor Trick-or-Treating" event

* Family Concert (Benefit Concert & Silent Auction)

* AFAA Camp Teen Assistant Program

* Children’s Playdates

* Pizza Night

* Miniature Train Night

* Development of Support Groups

* Support Group Meetings

* Buddy System (mentoring newly diagnosed families)

* Resources for families, schools, restaurants, med. professionals

AFAA's work has made an impact on people's lives - for example, AFAA expended great effort to get emergency epinephrine (epinephrine counteracts allergic reactions) onto all Minnesota ambulances: since the law passed, ambulances have used epinephrine over 1,500 times! Another example: on the national level AFAA has helped with food labeling legislation, $6 million increase in federal research funding, and has spearheaded federal transportation and restaurant food allergy policies. It is estimated that AFAA had personal contact with over 20,000 people per year.

What new functionality we are looking for

We would like:

**to add to our Site Content (better images, pages with materials about food allergies to read and to print, graphics that represent what we do);

**the ability to search for materials on the website;

**the site to be easy to maintain (easy content editing; ability to add pages and upload notices of upcoming events);

**an interactive map of the locations of our events and meetings;

**a calendar of events that is color-coded or sortable by 1) classes 2) support meetings 3) family activities 4) volunteer opportunities 5) conferences or events;

**ability to request a speaker through our website;

**a page for Videos & Webinars & Slideshares & online learning modules;

**visible volunteer scheduling charts;

**An inviting, mobile-device friendly home page with:

*constantly changing photos;

*up-to-date (and easily edited) calendar and news features;

*connections to more images;

*social media feeds to Facebook or other social media that can update automatically;

*easy navigation (with drop-down menus) to (and on) internal pages;

**Also on the homepage and all other pages:

*Contact link (including a place to submit testimonials);

*E-mail Sign up;

*donate button with auto thank-you for donations;

*volunteer button with link to online sign-up form.

Bells & Whistles we would like:

*Moving images (i.e. changing photos) on our homepage;

*Floating testimonials on the home page and other main pages;

*ability to securely complete or register for programs or classes; to submit PDF forms & payments; accept volunteer applications and volunteer background check forms;

*eCommerce ability;

*children's page with links to learning games and activities.

EDIT: Seeing all the testimonials reminds me that most people get information from AFAA via our Email Newsletter, which goes out every three months. It would be awesome if we could have that content on our website where it is easy to discover via search.

How the new functionality will help

We wish our website could provide desperately wanted medically-sound

information to parents of food allergic children, adult patients, food-service professionals, teachers, and medical professionals.

Because parents and patients feel isolated while trying to manage this life-threatening medical condition, a website would be a resource they could depend on; the food service industry could tap the science-based information and management materials; and the medical professionals could utilize its materials and also direct patients and parents to the site for information; and schools and the community at large could tap its information to learn how they can offer support and accommodations.

In these ways AFAA could better fulfill its mission by offering food allergy educational materials, advocacy information, and connections to its support activities and resources.

How our organization will use the technology

Who will use the technology

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54 Messages from Supporters

2013-02-08 04:02:39 UTC

AFAA has been such a blessing to our family! With AFAA, our son has been able to see Twins games for the first time in his life in a safe environment. It is a great organization spreading the word about life-threatening food allergies and the impact it has on so many families.

2013-02-08 03:47:56 UTC
Kathy Ahlers

AFAA has been crucial to our family in improving food-allergy safety at school, including establishing every allergic child's right to carry an EpiPen in school, and in assuring the availability of epinephrine on every ambulance in Minnesota. AFAA also provides summer camps for food-allergic kids, helping them to feel more normal. There is much more work to be done, so I strongly urge that AFAA be chosen for the overnight website challenge.

2013-02-08 03:49:03 UTC
Jill Robbins, President HomeFree

Doing awesome work, helping to keep kids like mine safe. Thank you!

2013-02-08 03:50:05 UTC

AFAA is a great organization. We appreciate the resouces and education this site has provided to us!

2013-02-08 03:53:50 UTC

AFAA is one of the first organizations that we went to when our daughter was diagnosed with a life-threatening food allergy in 2007. Hearing the words, "complete avoidance" when it comes to an entire food group is overwhelming and frightening. AFAA provided us with information and resources to help us navigate how to live a full life and successfully parent a child with food allergies. AFAA educated us and supported us when we needed it most, and we've met real families and made lifelong friendships through their events. For AFAA to have a fully functional website as they've described would provide families living with food allergies with a wonderful "virtual" place to go for information and support.

2013-02-08 03:59:50 UTC

ITwo people in this household have multiple food allergies. Buying food at the grocery store or dining out requires constant vigilance and strict checking of ingredients. Awareness and education about food allergies is so important with the steady increase in diagnoses. AFAA provides help and support to those with food allergies. AFAA also increases awareness to the public and to those with whom allergy sufferers must interact on a daily or occasional basis - family members, teachers, co-workers, health care professionals, food service industry workers, anybody who works with the public. One small slip can cause a life threatening or fatal reaction and the more people who know how to recognize the symptoms and how to respond, the better. AFAA is a vital part of that necessary education.

2013-02-08 04:11:06 UTC
Angela Gieser

AFAA has been an advocate for not only my child but other children with AFA to keep them safe in school and in the community. They have provided great educational oportunities-some which I have attended as well as my child's teacher. Thank You AFAA for all that you do for children with Anaphylatic Food Allergies!

I think It is so important to continue to Educate, Update and make more and more people Aware of children with Anaphylatic Food Allergies.

2013-02-08 04:29:09 UTC

AFAA has been a part of our lives for over 7 years. This organization does a great job educating people about allergies and organizing allergy friendly events. We also look to AFAA for the latest news and research in the world of allergies.

2013-02-08 04:30:37 UTC
Kristin Beltaos

AFAA provides so many families locally with great support. Having an updated website would enable those across the state, especially those in areas without support groups, the ability to benefit and stay connected: AFAA's online support, activities and resources. It would also provide children a place for activities, coloring pages and to learn about other children who deal with the same condition. It would be a win win for everyone!

2013-02-08 04:33:35 UTC
Karen Spahn

Because of AFAAs legislative efforts, nationally and statewide, legislators are reminded of the assistance the food allergy community needs to help stay safe by way of labeling regulations, food production standards as well as the importance of continued research. Ambulances in MN carry epipens and schools have the ability to stock epipens if they so choose because of AFAA. These are huge accomplishments that provide an intangible sleep better factor for the immediate safety of my child but also critical components for their long term strategy of coping with food allergies.

We have participated in many of their allergy friendly events...for so many events that we have to turned down or significantly alter because of food allergies, these safe events mean so much. Our family has attended the food allergy educational conference and learned important and timely information.

Most recently our son changed schools and we were challenged with an ill-informed staff regarding allergies but were able to suggest AFAAs programs as a most credible education resource to our district.

AFAA has helped our family and many others with so many facets of the challenges we face. I strongly urge you to choose AFAA for the overnight website would give them a wonderful tool to provide their much needed assistance to many more with even greater resources. Your efforts on their behalf if chosen, will springboard them forward to do so much more.

2013-02-08 05:13:32 UTC

AFAA has been an excellent resource to help us keep our child safe while still being able to enjoy a normal life. We are so thankful for all the progress AFAA has made to make our lives a little more relaxing and all the work they do to educate people about allergies.

2013-02-08 05:18:53 UTC

thank you guys for the support! God bless you. i don't speak english , only spanish, solo quiero agradecerles todo lo que hacen por los demas que toman su tiempo por aquellos que sufren alergias como mi hija Madelyn de solo 5 anos, vivo en california y me gustaria que las escuelas fueran allergy friendly! voy a seguir luchando por mi hija para que sea trataba como alguien especial. DIOS los bendiga.

2013-02-08 05:22:59 UTC

AFAA is the source I go to when advocating for my children in school. With multiple serious food allergies to deal with, knowing that there are others out there working on a cure, and being able to read about and share the latest developments in food allergy research has been priceless. I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been for those parents who had to pave the way many years ago, when anaphylaxis from allergies was something that almost nobody knew could happen.

2013-02-08 05:25:41 UTC
Allan Stillerman, MD, FAAAI, FACAAI AFAA Medical Advisor and Board Member. Allergist: Allergy & Asthma Specialists, PA

The historic success of AFAA is listed above. A new website is considered essential, to expand this success.

The website needs to “give and take”- provide/give information to the viewers, while requesting volunteerism/donations.
The definition of communication is the "exchange of information: the exchange of information between people"
An exciting new website will facilitate the exchange of information from those with the knowledge to those who are in need of this information in all locations of the state! When patients with food allergies are newly diagnosed, they and their families need quick access to accurate information that is well and concisely presented. For those who have been dealing with the problem for extended periods of time, more detailed, state-of-the-art reports need to be available.
The new design of the website needs to accommodate these and many more divergent needs. The excellence of AFAA should be reflected in perpetuated by the new website.

2013-02-08 06:57:54 UTC
Debbie Fitzsimmons

Our family relies on AfAA for up-to-date allergy information. They have really made a difference for families with food allergies. What a deserving organization!

2013-02-08 12:22:45 UTC

The web site is a great resource for our family and we feel very fortune to have such a wonderful program available to us. Thank you for all of the work that you do, it does help!

2013-02-08 12:29:36 UTC

I think they do wonderfull things to help and protect kids who have allergies. Years ago people had no clue how serious a allergy reaction to peanuts could really be. When my grand daughter was little we/I felt we pretty much had control of keeping her safe but when she went to school I was worried. But even the schools go to lengths to keep these children safe. It is because the information is getting out there to all because of this organization. Give them what they need to keep getting the word out there.

2013-02-08 12:48:49 UTC
Mindy Lindeman

This organization's mission is so important. Children's lives depend on the information, guidance and advocacy provided by this great non-profit. Being an volunteer run is a testament to the dedication of increasing awareness. A website that is user friendly and attractive would make it that much easier to spread the word about allergies. One mistake by a care giver or restaurant employee could mean a life.

2013-02-08 13:08:03 UTC
Kelly Dorsey

When my child (now adult)was newly diagnosed. AFAA was instrumental in helping me navigate my way through the maze. Their work is vital to helping every child and family with food allergies advocate effectively.

2013-02-08 13:47:44 UTC
Kim Werhan, Coordinator, Northland Food Allergy Support Group

Having a functional website is crucial, as others have stated. My son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies 9 years ago. My family lives in northern Minnesota and it makes things easier when we can access information via the web. I remember that when my son was first diagnosed with food allergies that I had asked for more information, support groups, etc. We were at least able to get an email address at that time. Things have come a long way, but more improvements are essential to communicate more effectively with the public in all areas of the state and beyond. AFAA has worked with our local support group and many families have benefited.

2013-02-08 13:52:45 UTC
Celeste Pryde

This is a very important life saving organization. I use their tips and ideas and information personally and also pass the info on to others. Really makes a difference. As a person who grew up with food allergies back in the day and revived little to no support, I know how valuable this website could be to children, teens, and young adults. Thank you.

2013-02-08 14:05:15 UTC
Melanie Lundheim

It's nervewracking to raise children and send them out into the world knowing common foods can kill them. AFAA has helped take the fear out of food allergies because of their tireless volunteer work to advocate for people suffering from life-threatening food allergies that can trigger anaphylaxis.

When my kids were first diagnosed with peanut allergies severe enough to trigger anaphylaxis, AFAA Founder Nona Narvaez and her husband, Jeff, were there. I attended their support group where I could learn from her and others in attendance how to keep my children safe.

Keeping my children safe involves knowing how to prevent, recognize and respond to peanut exposures, having immediate access to their life-saving medications at all times, and educating others who care for my kids how to do the same.

During the times our kids were suffering from anaphylaxis and ambulances were called, it's because of Nona and Jeff's work that the ambulances had life-saving epinephrine on board -- a law AFAA got passed. The law has since saved countless lives of the growing number of children who require an epinephrine injection to reverse the closing of their airways upon exposure to peanuts and other seemingly innocent, but highly allergenic foods.

Jeff and Nona of AFAA were also instrumental in helping me work with my kids' school to create a safer environment for them and ensure their teachers and other caregivers would comply with their accommodation plans.

In addition to saving lives, AFAA's work eases lives everyday. Whenever I have questions about my kids' allergies, Nona is always there for me. She has devoted her life to supporting people like me and my kids. She's the one person who truly understands during the times I feel especially fearful or frustrated raising children with special needs. Special needs that may not be visible on the outside, but that make my children extremely vulnerable at school, birthday parties, restaurants, fairs, sports activities, on airplanes and anywhere there are traces of peanuts.

AFAA has also made it possible for us to take our kids to Twins games in a peanut-free balcony.

Given all they do for thousands of Minnesota children and their families everyday, my deepest wish for AFAA is that The Nerdery -- such a reputable and talented web-development organization -- can give AFAA a presence that truly reflects the meaningful work they do and that helps them reach and assist even more food-allergic people and their families.

2013-02-08 14:13:00 UTC
Robin Altman

Our family has benefited from AFAA Halloween Allergy-Free Zone at the Mall of America and especially AFAA Food Allergy Camp. My daughter has to sit away from other students during lunch because of concerns of her milk allergy (if someone was to spill their milk). When Food Allergy Camp started 3 years ago I signed her up. It was the first time she got to be with other kids who were like her. She learned a lot about food allergies, had a lot of fun, and realized she is not the only one. Her confidence in speaking up about her food allergies improved a lot during camp. She looks forward to participating again in Food Allergy Camp.

2013-02-08 14:15:47 UTC
Robert Altman

12 years ago when my daughter was 1 we learned that she was severely allergic to milk. We learned this when she had a couple bites of soft serve ice cream and could not breath. Imagine holding your 1 year old daughter as she is turning blue, yelling for someone to call 911.

Since that day I have been advocating and speaking for people with food allergies every time I go to a restaurant, cafeteria, party, picnic, or anyplace else that serve food or drinks. I even found hand lotion that contains milk! In the last 12 years, the number of kids with severe food allergies has sky rocketed; 12 years ago I felt like I was the only one dealing with this problem, now everywhere I go some parent tells me about their kids food allergies.

AFAA is an important group for teaching people about food allergies and for empowering people whom dealing with their own life-treating food allergies. I strongly recommend them for the Nerdery’s Overnight Website Challenge. I look forward to asking my wife for permission to join you in this challenge. :)

Robert Altman, TechMaster-TC President

2013-02-08 14:27:08 UTC

Without AFAA, we would still have Epi-pens banned from classrooms. AFAA's website has helped get the word out about Food Allergies so that more children can live healthy, productive lives and live to reach milestones that most of society take for granted that they will reach. This website played a big role in helping getting laws changed so that Epi-pens could be placed in classrooms.

2013-02-08 15:21:13 UTC
Fran Vecchio

AFAA provides great support for education, advocacy/legislative issues, and fundraising. They get things done effectively and efficiently, and seem to be genuinely and completely devoted to helping people with food allergies. For example, a few years ago my family entered an online competition to raise money for food allergy research. Out of the hundreds of organizations we contacted for support, AFAA was the first to help us – they promoted our cause on their website (reaching thousands of people we would not have had access to) and continued their support throughout the competition. This was of no benefit to them directly – except the benefit of helping people with food allergies.

2013-02-08 15:36:51 UTC
Julie Polinsky

The benefits AFAA provided our family through their tireless efforts are priceless! The enthusiam and energy the volunteers devote every single day to ensuring our children are safe at school and in our community are inspiring. Please assist us in providing education and promoting awareness for the Millions of impacted families by life threatening food allergies.

2013-02-08 15:38:04 UTC
Anne Greibrok

Imagine the exciting time of introducing your baby’s first solid food. You have the little spoon, the cute bib, a very happy baby and of course a mom and dad who are surrounded around a child they love so very much and are very excited to watch this new experience. But shortly after you give the baby their third or fourth bite of solid food, you notice their little lips swelling and a rash on their skin and their little eyes turning puffy! Of course you stop immediately. Please imagine what happened next...

The consulting begins along with your life and your child’s life changing forever. The diagnosis was asthma, anaphylaxis and atopic dermatitis. This was 24 years ago. At that time there was no access to internet and quick resources. The availability to information at that time was minimal.

Society may think we are crazy, the media may make jokes about us, other parent’s think we are fibbing, your family thinks it can be fixed with a shot or prescription, but as parents and advocates we have rallied and teamed together to help educate and a make awareness through AFAA.

AFAA is committed to creating a quality life for those who have allergies. The array of work AFAA has accomplished enhances the lives of those affected. AFAA establishes new objectives and continues to achieve and accomplish goals in order to educate, legislate and possibly even lead to a cure someday. The AFAA website is a haven and is a key resource, please consider the AFAA website as it is a tool for so many.

2013-02-08 15:52:53 UTC
Jennifer Hall RD, CDE

I have relied on AFAA both personally as a mother of a child with a severe peanut allergy and professionally as a registered dietitian working with clients that have multiple food allergies. When my daughter was diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy 9 years ago we were told to stictly avoid peanuts and to utilize resources on the internet to learn more. Because of groups like AFAA we are able to learn to cope with food allergies and learn how we can keep our kids safe. I have received guidance on keeping my daughter safe at daycare, school, restaurants, summer camp, celebraions and holidays, sleepovers, while traveling, etc. I give my clients information about AFAA as a source of further support and education. Please assist us in continuing to grow and educate others living with or caring for those with food allergies.

2013-02-08 15:56:18 UTC
Aminah A.

AFAA has been an absolutely invaluable resource to our family since the day(s) we learned our daughter had several severe and life threatening food allergies.
When I felt overwhelmed, scared and alone - AFAA was there.
When I needed support and resources - AFAA was there.
When I needed help formulating our allergy action plan for school - AFAA was there.
When the school wanted help and guidance in keeping my daughter safe - AFAA was there.
And then when I wanted to take my daughter to the State Fair for the day, I asked AFAA for their suggestions for safe food - and they were there!
Basically, AFAA is incredible - their very existence makes our life a more informed, educated, relieved, happy and SAFE place to be.
Thank you AFAA we would not be able to manage without you!!!!!!!!

2013-02-08 15:56:31 UTC
Teresa V

AFAA was one of the first resources I stumbled upon when my son was diagnosed with a life threatening food allergy. The benefits this small non-profit provides to the food allergy community are priceless! The diagnosis of a food allergy is a life changing event for families, and resources like the AFAA website are invaluable.

2013-02-08 16:46:46 UTC
Nicole Greibrok

Please read my mother's post above (Anne Greibrok). I have been living with severe food allergies for nearly 25 years and she has been with me every step of the way. As a new mother, 25 years ago there were limited resources for learning about how to manage and educate others about a child with a life threatening allergy. More than a lack of resources there was a lack of awareness among everyone we encountered - preschool teachers, restaurant waiters and waitresses flight attendants and more. Now, more than ever we have a breadth of knowledge and resources at our fingertips at all times. AFAA established a credible organization to house these resources.

My mother and I are very passionate about the accessibility of food allergy resources to individuals diagnosed with food allergies. Please help AFAA create a robust and user friendly site where individuals can educate themselves and others about life threatening allergies.

2013-02-08 16:49:47 UTC

AFAA provides superior, up to date information and resources regarding food allergies. My family greatly appreciates this resource. They are a wonderful asset not only to th food allergy community, but as an educational operative for the community at large.

2013-02-08 17:01:46 UTC

AFAA is vital to the food allergy community of Minnesota. Many of those most affected by food allergies are children without the ability to advocate for themselves on a statewide level. Without organizations like AFAA to bring people together, raise awareness, and advocate for policy changes, these children would be at even greater risk than they already are of suffering from a life threatening allergic reaction, and potentially not receiving the help they need when they need it. A great website will help families, schools, and communities get the information they need to create safe environments for those with food allergies.

2013-02-08 17:04:10 UTC
Michelle Yarmakov

My child has had an anaphylactic reaction - do you know that that is LIFE - threatening?

Without AFAA's support, advocacy and education, we would not have been able to keep our child alive -

how much more can we say -

we all only have one life to live!

2013-02-08 17:04:37 UTC
Michelle Yarmakov

My child has had an anaphylactic reaction - do you know that that is LIFE - threatening?

Without AFAA's support, advocacy and education, we would not have been able to keep our child alive -

how much more can we say -

we all only have one life to live!

2013-02-08 17:06:51 UTC
Timur Yarmakov

I have had a life-threatening food allergy since I was 8 months old when I was rushed to the hospital.

We have been involved with AFAA for years.

Every bite I take is stressful - I never know if I am going to be rushed to the hospital.

AFAA and Nona's help has made life less stressful for me and my family.

2013-02-08 17:10:24 UTC
Rinat Yarmakov

AFAA camps, conferences and the AFAA Walk at the Mall of America have helped our family to support our son who has a food allergy - it has been extremely important for him to see that he is not alone.

A better website could expand AFAA's reach to other families and children who feel alone in their daily struggle to keep their children safe.

2013-02-08 17:23:54 UTC
Susan Kaspar

Food is everywhere we look and as new parents to a healthy 10 pound baby I never would have guessed that something so simple as a food protein could potentially take my sons life away at any moment!! When we learned our son was significantly allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, soy, egg, wheat, corn, cat, dog and mold our lives changed dramatically. We had no where to turn for answers and/or support until we heard of AFAA. AFAA has been such an AMAZING resource for my family as we now have resources to keep a positive mind frame, learn of safe products, attend fun events were my son feels safe, and collaborate with parents in the same boat. I am so proud of AFAA and all of the volunteers who contribute their time just for the sake of parents like us and unique children like our son! We appreciate you and all that you do. Please keep up the good work!

2013-02-08 18:22:21 UTC
Alex Arnason

AFAA provides support and outreach for so many families locally and across the state. Having an updated website would enable the organization to expand the information and support that it provides to families.

2013-02-08 18:23:18 UTC

AFAA has benefited our family so much. We hace 2 children with life threatening anaphlaxis, one of our children has over 20 food allergies. As a result we were totally overwhelmed with what to do. We discovered AFAA and they have done so much for us, from providing support, food allergy buddies, safe activies and valuable information that we can share with others. I don't know what we would have done if we hadn;t discovered AFAA. They truly are a blessing!

2013-02-08 18:26:50 UTC
Kate L.

AFAA has been a great resource to us as we have one child with food allergies and one without. Their work with the Timberwolves, Twins, and Saints has allowed us to attend sporting events as a family. It means a lot to us to attend these peanut/food free events together. We will also be seeking out their knowledge when our food allergic child enters school. An unpdated and improved website would be very helpful!

2013-02-08 20:26:01 UTC
Kathleen Franck

My niece and her family (the Yarmakov's) have received amazing help from AFAA and specifically Nona. Nona is intelligent, thoughtful, and dedicated to promoting education on food allergies.
She takes it to a higher level by helping families both emotionally and physically. Food allergies can be a frightening life or death situation and the AFAA has made it possible for many families to take control of their lives through education. A good website is perfect for this kind of information
and TIME is crucial to find solutions fast for a child/individual in crisis.

Thank you, AFAA deserves it!

2013-02-08 20:55:15 UTC

AFAA reminds me that I'm not the only one with food allergies. It provides research and information which has helped me to better live with my severe allergies. Severe food allergies can lead to social isolation. Having a site like this gives me the information and resources I need to connect with others. Website improvements that would make it easier to access information and stay in touch with events and others in the organization would be a lifeline!

2013-02-08 21:29:40 UTC
K. Peterson

This website provides the latest info on food allergy research and treatment. The delivery of info is even more timely and comprehensive than the communication I get from the national food allergy support organization I belong to. AFAA is at the forefront of food allergy education and support, and I am glad the organization wants to be a leader in technology communication also.

2013-02-08 22:47:53 UTC
Kristi Winkels, RD, LD

I have been involved with AFAA for the past 6 years as a parent, a volunteer and member of the medical advisory board. From coordinating allergy friendly events, to advocating for people with food allergies in schools and local government, AFAA does so much work to improve the lives of people with food allergies in Minnesota. This year, a highlight for my oldest son was attending AFAA food allergy camp where he could eat an allergy free “school lunch” just like the rest of the group (a real treat for a kid who is allergic to dairy, eggs, wheat, barley and peanuts and has to have his school lunch packed every day). A new, updated website would help to communicate all of the great work that AFAA is doing and, in turn, would allow more people with food allergies to take advantage of the resources available to them.

2013-02-08 22:54:20 UTC

It is crucial to have a place to turn to for information and support.
Sometimes we need information that is not medically related; we have issues in school, with friends, parents and society. Any support we can get is appreciated and needed, especially since we live in a small town.
Thank you for all you do!

2013-02-08 23:34:00 UTC

AFAA is a great organization but they really really really need a good website to serve their members!

2013-02-09 02:34:18 UTC
Dr Nancy Ott, Allergist in Minnesota

AFAA has done fabulous work in Minnesota to help educate and protect food-allergic individuals. This effect extends far beyond Minnesota. The website is crucial to continue to help food-allergic individuals stay safe. Many thanks to AFAA for the excellent work!

2013-02-09 03:32:11 UTC

Allergy awareness, especially food allergies is critical for the safety of our children. AFFA speaks to the concerns of many families whose children suffer with said allergies. More and more children have these allergies that are life threatening and the public must be aware of how to help and protect those children from threats. It all starts with awareness and knowledge to protect out children. Outstanding organization!

2013-02-09 20:43:04 UTC
Daniella Knell

As a mom of two with multiple food allergies, anaphylaxis to peanuts included, I know that more education is needed in the communities. AFAA and it's members have given countless hours in their effort to better educate and help others understand the seriousness of living with life threatening allergies. They continually reach out to other local businesses to share their cause and passion. This non-profit's efforts have long and profound impact on others, those with and without allergies. I hope they will be selected for the Nerdery Website Challenge!

2013-02-09 22:21:45 UTC

This organization has helped a family I know. Food allergies can be deadly, and the public needs to be made more aware of how these allergies affect peoples lives.

2013-04-09 06:28:32 UTC

These people work tirelessly to meet the needs of an unfortunately exploding food allergic population. Food allergies can be very isolating and AFAA provides programs that allow my child can feel "normal" if only for a few hours. It is a priceless service.

2013-04-09 06:34:42 UTC

*TO* feel normal!

Our Mission

The Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota (AFAA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, advocate, and to support those with food allergies.