Welcome to the MOCHA Spring 2021 ENews!
A Message to Our MOCHA Friends:
“Spring is in the Air”
Spring is a season of new beginnings! Many of us are looking forward to new possibilities and opportunities while we remain hopeful for the safety of our health and that of our family, friends, and those within and outside of our communities. I’m grateful to those that continue to give of themselves... their time, talent, and treasure. Let’s keep working together as we Spring forward. Let us know how MOCHA can best support you. 


Do you know of a helpful food allergy link, video, company, organization that we should include in our next ENEWS? Please let us know! We try to include NEW helpful information that our readers have suggested in our quarterly communication and our Facebook posts. We CARE about YOU!


With appreciation and gratitude,
Denise and Anne

FARE: Food Allergy Research and Education
About FARE

FARE spreads awareness about food allergies-- a public health issue that affects schools, businesses, and communities. They work hard to ensure that every dollar they raise advances the mission: improving life and health for 32 million Americans with food allergies and providing hope for the promise of new treatments.


Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa and join us for the first few episodes of "MOCHA Talk", a new series from FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education)!

In this series, you'll hear from four incredible food allergy guests (including Denise Bunning, founder of MOCHA!) as they discuss monthly allergy topics.

MARCH episode coming soon!

Teal Makeover Giveaway!
The last twelve months have been a challenge for so many people; especially those balancing working from home, making sure the kids are schooling from home, and adjusting schedules to adapt to the curveballs life throws them. This is especially true for the parents and guardians of children who have severe food allergies.  

Well, FARE knows how hard you've been working, and they want to give back. So, they’re doing something extra special called... the TEAL MAKEOVER giveaway! One lucky parent or guardian is going to win a complete TEAL makeover for one room in their house. But the only way they can win is if YOU nominate them!
To nominate a deserving caregiver who you think would love an upgraded kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom – go to foodallergy.com/tealmakeover to find out how to enter and hopefully win this once-in-a-lifetime transformation for someone you love!
Webinar: March-ing Toward Your Best Meals: National Nutrition Month® Tips to Personalize Your Plate Fri., March 19, 12:00 (ET)
Celebrate this year's National Nutrition Month® theme, Personalize Your Plate, with FARE and Chef Tessa Nguyen, Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist. Take your tastebuds for a trip by learning accessible ingredient swaps to personalize your plate and meet your food and nutrition needs. In this session, Tessa will provide the building blocks needed to personalize your plate while accommodating food allergies and intolerances, meeting nutrient needs, identifying culturally sensitive food adaptations, and finding accessible ingredient swaps. She will also highlight how the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans promote equitable food allergy-related nutritional care.
Calling All Teens!
We are thrilled to be launching Teen Talks, a new programming initiative exclusively for young people (ages 11+) with food allergies. This will allow teens with food allergies, from all across the country, to connect in real-time. Teen Talks will vary in content but will always be interactive, social, and fun! They will be facilitated by Melissa Engel, MA, a Clinical Psychology PhD student who lives with several food allergies. The next TeenTalk will be held on Saturday, March 20th from 5-6pm EST.
Webinar Explores Latest Guidance on Early Introduction of Food Allergens
Released last month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans include updated guidance around introduction of complementary foods, including the allergens peanut and egg, to infants and toddlers.
FARE's "Your Guide to Food Allergy"
Is a new video highlight key information for newly diagnosed.

New to Food Allergy? Check FARE's Updated Guide

Newly diagnosed individuals need information on everything from epinephrine to how to read a food label. With the support of DBV Technologies, FARE has created new online and print resources, including a refreshed, updated "Your Guide to Food Allergy" booklet. We'll be sending 30,000 copies to healthcare professionals across the country. Visit our New to Food Allergy information hub to find the guide, an easy-to-follow video and more. We thank DBV Technologies for helping us educate the food allergy community!
FARE Patient Registry Data Sheds Light on Prevention and Management of Food Allergy Reactions in Restaurants

A recent research paper based on data from the FARE Patient Registry reveals that food allergy reactions in restaurants are common and that restaurant training and patient education are needed to reduce the odds of a reaction while dining out and improve preparedness to treat reactions. Published in the Journal of Clinical Immunology: In Practice, the study examined survey responses from 1248 adults with food allergy (mostly women) and from the parents of 1579 food-allergic children in the U.S.
Recognizing and Responding to Anaphylaxis
Free online training course.
Epinephrine Options
Learn about epinephrine options currently available on the market.
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan
FARE's Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan has been updated to include SYMJEPI.
FARE Boards
FARE is governed by an operating board known as the Board of Directors. FARE recently introduced two non-voting boards, the Board of Governors and the Board of National Ambassadors, to better position FARE to rapidly respond to the evolving landscape of food allergy and support the organization's growth.

For more board information, contact Michael Trager at mtrager@foodallergy.org.
Research, Newsletters and Blogs
Ali Kahn
Ali Khan is a television host and multi-hyphenate creative in the food and comedy space. The current host of Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship, he is most known for his breakout series, Cheap Eats, which ran for 5 seasons on Cooking Channel, internationally on Food Network and currently is streaming in Discover Plus.
He is a regular on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, a judge on Food Network’s Chopped + Chopped Junior and created the Youtube Series, Ali vs The Dome. Check out his youtube channel: Good Sauce

J&J Vaccine Offers Safe COVID-19 Protection, With No Severe Reactions at Trial

An FDA analysis determined J&J’s one-shot vaccine provides strong protection against severe COVID-19 illness. Considered from the allergy perspective, there were no reports of anaphylaxis among nearly 22,000 adults who received the vaccine in the Phase 3 clinical trial. 
Strong Results for SLIT Therapy Seen in Peanut-Allergic Toddlers

In a small study, sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) was effective in desensitizing peanut-allergic toddlers, allowing 74 percent to consume 4,443 milligrams of peanut (about 15 peanuts) without reacting, new research finds.
Food Label Troubles: From Big Allergen Recalls to Grocery Store Gaps
The presence of allergens in packaged foods is the No. 1 reason for food recalls in the United States. When you depend on food labels for accurate top allergen information because of severe food allergies, that’s an unnerving reality. In this episode of the Talking Food Allergy podcast, host Jen Jobrack gets inside the recall issues and challenging loopholes with food safety expert Dr. Steven Gendel and Jeff Hawley, a grocery industry expert. 
Food Equality Initiative: Improving Nutrition & Ending Hunger

Allergy Amulet recently had a chance to sit down with Emily Brown, Founder & CEO of Food Equality Initiative (FEI), and rock star food allergy mom! Learn more about FEI's mission in this special interview!
Is a Peanut a Nut?
In this blog post, Abigail Barnes addresses the age old question over the peanut. She clarifies more about what a peanut is, what they may be reffered to as, and provides insight to settle the debate!
AAAAI Research Findings
Learn about cutting edge research and new developments in allergic disease. The most recent research releases include looking at the prevalency of peanut allergy after early introduction, examining allergic reactions to sunflower seeds, and much more. Be sure to go on their wesbite for the full list of findings!
Allergy Awesomeness Blog

Don’t let allergies get in the way of a good meal. This is your essential resource for feeding your family flavorful, effortless dishes that come together quickly and are free of the top-8 allergens. Author Megan Lavin, an allergy mom herself, has solved the dinnertime dilemma of what to cook when it seems like almost everything is off limits. With smart substitutions and a wide array of flavors, these recipes will have you wondering how you ever got by without them.
Dishes like No-Butter Indian “Butter” Chicken and Shellfish-Free Jambalaya recreate your favorite flavors from your pre-allergy days― and thanks to the Instant Pot®, they’ll cook faster and taste better than ever before. Gather the family for a comforting Sunday Roast, or whip up some Tomatillo Pork Tacos on a busy weeknight without sacrificing flavor. Each meal is quick, safe and delicious with textures and tastes everyone will love.

APFED Celebrates 20 Years of Service!

In 2001, APFED was launched to support patients and families living with eosinophil-associated diseases through education, awareness, advocacy, and research. Join our celebration by sharing video messages with our community and encouraging those you know to participate in our Heroes Bring HOPE Campaign, which aims to raise $50,000 to fund a new research study.

Ultraviolet Environmental Treatment Could Help Children With Mild-Moderate Asthma
The environmental treatment could help children with mild-moderate asthma, according to data being presented during the 2021 AAAAI Virtual Annual Meeting, taking place February 26-March 1. Research to be presented at the 2021 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Virtual Annual Meeting suggests that installing ultraviolet irradiation units into the homes of children with asthma may reduce asthma severity and improve asthma control.

Children's Books We Love about Food Allergies
 These 12 books, written about food allergies, for children, will help to alleviate young people’s fears about living with this medical condition while also addressing some of their most curious questions. These books help to instill confidence in food-allergic children as well as to help them talk to their friends who don’t live with this condition. We also value this selection of books as great resources to share with teachers, childcare providers and other caregivers to help educate all children about food allergies. As we like to say at Belay, it takes a village.
Two New Cincinnatichildrens.org Webpages 
2020 Research Highlights: Division of Allergy and Immunology
Research Includes:
Replication and meta-analyses nominate numerous eosinophilic esophagitis risk genes

Very early onset eosinophilic esophagitis is common, responds to standard therapy, and demonstrates enrichment for CAPN14 genetic variants

African American Children Are More Likely to Be Allergic to Shellfish and Finfish: Findings from FORWARD, a Multisite Cohort Study
Cincinnati Children’s Team and Faculty Awards
Allergy Nursing Team recognized as the 2020 Top Performing Small Division for Outstanding Nursing Patient Family Experience (PFE)!

Vincent Mukkada, MD received the 2020 Top Pediatric Provider Award at Cincinnati Children’s!

Kimberly Risma, MD, PhD received the 2020 Clinical Care Achievement Award!
Cincinnati Children’s to House Food Allergy Biobank and Biomarker Discovery Center
The Food Allergy Program at Cincinnati Children’s received the grant from the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization, which will be used to house the FARE Clinical Network Biobank and Biomarker Discovery Center.
FAACT's Leadership Team Update!
FAACT is proud to announce a new addition to our Leadership Team, as well as best wishes to another. We are excited to expand our team to continue to focus and build on our education initiatives.

Kristin M. Osborne is Named FAACT's Vice President of Education
FAACT's 'Every Morsel Counts' Kids Poster Contest
Calling all young artists! FAACT invites your budding artist to submit an entry for our FAACT poster contest in honor of Food Allergy Awareness Month (FAAM). 
New Research Grant:
The Food Allergy Fund is dedicated to funding food allergy research focused on the underlying causes of food allergies and improved treatments for people with food allergies. FAF Founder and CEO Ilana Golant will announce the next Innovators Research Grant recipient and share details for the groundbreaking research funded by FAF.
Food Allergy Helpers
Created in part by one of MOCHA’s very own student-interns, Food Allergy Helpers is a one-stop shop for everything food allergies. Includes a blog, allergy-friendly recipes, and product reviews. Many items and recipes are gluten-free, egg-free, and more. 
Created for the food allergy community.

Blog Posts:

Check out Instagram here

We really appreciate your support!
Food Allergy Moms
Food Allergy Moms (FAM) is a Chicago support group that is all about improving the lives of food allergy families through social connection. During the pandemic, FAM has gone from meeting in the city for dinner and drinks to meeting online over Zoom! Whether virtual or in-person, meetups are always centered around two discussion topics: one about food allergies and one about our lives in general, so everyone can truly get to know each other as multi-dimensional people.

If you are looking to find more friends who really get it, go to their website and message Melissa to get involved.
Food Allergy P.I.
I’m a food allergy mom to a homeschooling, traveling, Disneyland loving, foodie family. Caring for a son with anaphylactic food allergies to peanut and shellfish, as well as helping my husband manage fibromyalgia related gluten intolerance.
Food Equality Initiative
Food Equality Initiative is a nonprofit organization that relies on generous partners to meet their mission of improving health and ending hunger in individuals who must eliminate common foods from their diet to maintain health. 

Food Stitch
Noreen Okarter is the founder of Food Sitch, a food allergy coaching company that provides food allergy lifestyle and education services for individuals and groups. (The “sitch” is short for situation). Food Sitch offers coaching on how to manage food allergies safely, make key behavioral shifts for excellent nutrition and physical health and how to have a positive mindset to overcome the challenges that food allergies can bring. Noreen is a life coach, certified health and wellness coach and has had multiple life-threatening food allergies since babyhood. She is also the host of the Food Sitch podcast where she speaks and interviews notable people about the food allergy experience. Find their podcasts: Spotify Podcasts – The Food Sitch Podcast 
FPIES & Rare Disease Day

In honor of Rare Disease Day, join this free registry or update your family’s information if you are already taking part in this platform. The de-identified information gathered can be viewed by researchers and medical professionals. Your voice can make an impact in the future care and potential for treatments of many. Our latest survey is: Exploring the Microbiome and Understanding FPIES. Join today! 
GF Mom Certified
Meet Tiffany Hinton, creator of GF Mom Certified. She is an influencer, best-selling author, super mom, and functional medicine certified health coach. This website contains delicious recipes in addition to interesting lifestyle pieces. Check it out!
Applegate Anaphylaxis Article
Last December, Hillary’s son had an anaphylactic reaction to Applegate Organics Gluten-Free
Chicken Nuggets, which required four doses of epinephrine and an overnight hospital stay.
Determined to understand what caused his reaction, she immediately reached out to Applegate consumer relations the next day. Ultimately, testing of the packaging found gluten. Hillary brought in FARE, and they worked together discuss ways to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
Based on this incident, Applegate recently announced their new testing protocols and
partnership with FARE. You can read about the entire process, including Hillary’s tips for
dealing with food companies should this ever happen to you.
Hillary Tolle Carter: Food Allergy Mama and Advocate
Hillary was thrilled to launch her new series with FARE, TAKE ACTION! with Hillary Carter, in January. This show brings people from all walks of life to the table to talk about how food allergies have impacted their lives and how they're taking action to make the community a better place.  

In Season 1, Hillary interviewed Thomas Silvera of Elijah’s Echo, Megan Lavin of Allergy Awesomeness, Indrani Maitra of Allergy Friendly Choices, Heather Gass of Food Allergy Advocate, and Lizzie Reynolds of Pixie Lizzie: Magical Food Allergy Travel Agent. All five episodes are available to watch on YouTube’s Living Teal Channel, FARE’s website, and Hillary’s website.  

Check out the backstory on TAKE ACTION!, as well as Hillary’s 2020: Reflections and Takeaway’s on her blog.  
You can follow her food allergy journey @hillarytollecarter on Instagram.
In her most recent episode, Hillary sits down with travel agent and food allergy mom Pixie Lizzie to discuss her family's history with food allergies and how she "took action" to help others in our community!

Automated, diet and allergen friendly menus for everyone. Honeycomb filters menus to show diners the most suitable dishes for their dietary restriction
Journal of Food Allergy

This is an online journal which has the purpose of all things food allergy news.
Latitude Food Allergy Care
To help fight food allergies and serve patients in the Tri-Valley and greater East Bay, Latitude recently opened a new clinic in San Ramon, offering patients the opportunity to assess, treat and prevent food allergies and the often dangerous reactions to them.

Beginning this week, we have a vaccination clinic two days a week in our Redwood City location for those who are eligible under our state and county guidelines. Patients with a history of anaphylaxis specifically have the option to be vaccinated in the safety of our allergy clinic, which is uniquely equipped to handle reactions. Learn more on our website.

Blood tests are often necessary for a food allergy diagnosis, but they can be very scary for parents and children. Our pediatric phlebotomist Jen Perez shares tips for an easy and smooth experience for parents and children when blood testing is needed.  

Latitude Patient Care Coordinators are available for complimentary support to patients and families to discuss non-medical needs, including advice on quality of life as it relates to food allergies and services offered at Latitude. Families are encouraged to reach out to hello@latitudefac.com to set up a time to speak with a Patient Care Coordinator. 
Monthly Webinars
The Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center also publishes monthly webinars. In the most recent one, learn all about what to expect when working with a food allergy counselor. From the questions you'll get at the first appointment to how a counselor can help the patient AND family members, here's a detailed discussion from Kim Menzel of how she works with clients of the University of Michigan's Food Allergy Clinic.
Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center
The Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center has successfully completed its first five years and is embarking on its next phase as a multi-disciplinary research hub. The annual report linked below details recent faculty and research accomplishments, five year milestones and forward-looking strategy for the future.
Attend the upcoming "Conversations with a Food Allergy Counselor": When Co-Parents Disagree
Thursday, March 18th at 1pm ET via Zoom

Managing food allergy is a daily challenge even when caregivers are in sync. When they aren't, and when the child with food allergy has more than one home base, matters can get tense. Food allergy social worker Kim Menzel and her guest, marital therapist Debbie Makkonen, will discuss strategies for managing a child's food allergy when parents and other family members don't see eye to eye about safety precautions.
All welcome, no charge to attend. Kim and Debbie will take questions live via the Zoom Q&A function, or you may submit them in advance via mpeddy@umich.edu
Click here to register for the Zoom link.
Pandemic Pondering: A Daily Blog
In his most recent post, Dr. Jim Baker, founding Director of the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center, explains that, despite the decrease in numbers, people are still getting COVID-19. He says, "it’s important to remember that this virus is still out there, it is remarkably contagious". He remains us to stay cautious and attentive.

Make sure to stay up to date with his daily blog posts that cover all things COVID-19 and more!
Resource on Food Allergies With Preventallergies.org
Preventallergies.org helps bridge the significant gap that currently exists between the breakthrough research on food allergy prevention and busy families struggling with at-home implementation with education, tools and DIY recipes. All of the content was developed in coordination with Ready, Set, Food!’s team of leading physicians to serve as an evidence-based and essential resource for parents.

In a recent blog post they explore the truth about formula feeding, providng facts and isnight into this difficult topic!
Sarah Ackerman: Girl Behind the Hive
In her newest blog post, Sarah Ackerman's talks about her experience with her auto-injectors. She shares her story and shows the importance of always carrying an auto-injector.
Simply Gluten Free
Simply Gluten Free is run by Carol Kicinski, a TV chef who has been living with gluten-sensitivity for over 20 years. She has created over 2,000 recipes and authored over 20 eBooks. Check this website out for recipes, wellness articles, coupons, and much more!
Sean N. Parker Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research Newsletter
A leader in the biomedical revolution, Stanford Medicine has a long tradition of leadership in pioneering research, creative teaching protocols and effective clinical therapies.
RSVP For "Ask the Expert" Webinar
Please join the Sean N. Parker Center for Asthma and Allergy Research for a webinar series that takes place every fourth Wednesday . They will be discussing exciting topics of interest and sharing their current clinical studies available to you. The Center's goal is to be accessible and provide you with the latest research updates. Each month they will give an overview of updates on food allergy and ongoing clinical studies research.

Upcoming Session:

March 24th -- Risk Factors for Food Allergy with Dr. Katie Fast

April 28th -- What is EoE? with Dr. Tina Sinder
“A Practical Guide to Travelling as a Vegan”.
Although travel isn’t currently an option due to the lockdown, readers could still find this guide informative and valuable for planning future trips once travel restrictions are eventually lifted.
The guide shares useful information such as:
  • Eye-opening stats about our changing dietary habits: in 2021 it’s predicted that 12 million people in the UK will have a meat-free diet, and the percentage of vegan Brits has risen from 0.25% in 2014 to 1.16% in 2019.
  • How to travel as a vegan - including tips on researching trips, knowing about destinations, and helpful phrases for ordering vegan food abroad.
  • Advice on vegan-friendly travel apps and websites to help you plan where to eat and common mistakes to avoid as a vegan traveller.
  • Other useful links and resources for travellers with specific dietary requirements.

Food Allergy Friendly Companies, Apps, Books and Videos
Blake's Seed Based
Blake’s Seed Based is committed to creating snacks that have all of the taste and none of the allergens, and today they are launching their newest product line: Rice Crispy Treats. Blake’s Seed Based is known for their Allergy-Friendly Snack and Protein Bars, which are made from Seeds, Fruit and Chocolate. Now, they are branching out to offer something sweet, indulgent and guilt-free with two Rice Crispy Treat flavors.
Special thanks to Riya Jain for creating our Spring MOCHA ENEWS graphic!
Home Base Hangout

Bring the magic of camp to your living room with HOME BASE HANGOUTS! We will create and share stories for National Write Down Your Story Day. To join the fun, click the link above and let us know you're coming.

Who is this for?
Youth and teens ages 9 – 17 looking for a casual opportunity to hang with friends or get to know other kids living with food allergies.
The End of Food Allergy
A new book from Stanford allergy expert Dr. Kari Nadeau and New York Times bestselling author Sloan Barnett, 'The End of Food Allergy,' provides the science behind preventing, delaying and ending food allergies. By reading this innovative book, you will gain research-based knowledge about essential topics, such as the ins and outs of immunotherapy, where to find food allergy treatment, and whether treatment is the right decision for you.
Eat Right
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is your source for science-based food and nutrition information.
Celebrating Women's Success with 88 Acres' CEO Nicole!
Hungry Harry's
A company forever free of the top 14 allergens! Hungry Harry's creates baking mixes that are made in a dedicated facility without cross contact and free from the top 14 allergens!
Sharing a good news story!
At 2 years of age, Liam has 21 food allergies and has had multiple anaphylactic reactions, resulting in trips to the ER. 
Lourdes found Hungry Harry's on Instagram via @tealdelly. After seeing photos of Adel's family baking together, Lourdes bought our allergy friendly baking mixes from our website.

“His second birthday has such a deeper meaning to us as a family. You can imagine how hard it is to trust products, but the reputation you carry from families, and the reason behind your product shows me you truly understand how serious allergies are. Thank you so much; from this day on you will forever be a part of our family, and your products, in our home.” 
Use the exclusive code  MOCHA20 from 3/1 to 3/31 to buy Hungry Harry's from our website!
Kyle Dine
Kyle Dine performs food allergy awareness assemblies for elementary schools across North America. His brand of fun and educational performances uses music, puppets and games to engage audiences with age-appropriate content. He has released two CDs and an educational DVD which was funded through Kickstarter. He is a keynote speaker and is the founder & CEO of www.allergytranslation.com.
Mighty Jax Book
Mighty Jax is the book and doll set which is the first superhero doll and book set geared towards kids with food allergies! Might Jax has a mission, to teach kids how to become inspired, empowered and educated about food allergies. For free shipping, use the promo code "MOCHA"!
Mission MightyMe
New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the NIH recommend early introduction of baby-friendly peanut foods to help prevent peanut allergies from developing. These proactive peanut puffs are a deliciously simple way to include peanuts in your little one's diet. They even created a brand new multi-nut puff that contains both peanuts and tree nuts!
Not Today, Butterflies! A Book About Food Allergy Anxiety by Nicole Ondatje

Living with a food allergy is challenging! Nine-year-old Quinn experiences several anxiety-provoking food allergy scenarios including her annual visit to the allergist, navigating a play date and a birthday party, being different from her friends and having to speak up about her food allergies. These experiences generate uncomfortable feelings of butterflies in Quinn's stomach. Quinn learns different tools to help manage her anxiety and tame the butterflies. Not Today, Butterflies! A Book About Food Allergy Anxiety provides an engaging and relatable experience for children who are coping with fears and anxiety about their own food allergies. Intended for children ages 4-8 as well as parents and caregivers, this book offers some guidance on identifying signs of food allergy anxiety and helpful ways to teach kids how to manage it. The book will be featured on FARE’s blog and on Allergic Child soon! It is currently available for purchase on Amazon.
Unlocking the Secrets of EoE
Unlocking the Secrets of Eosinophilic Esophagitis is a new children's book authored by student and faculty fellows at PA Distance Learning charter school. It follows John who lives with EoE, Kaitlyn and Andrew, who meet with classmates and experts like Dr. Marc Rothenberg to have a brave adventure on the secrets of EoE. All proceeds go toward Cincinnati Children's Hospital and the continuing efforts of Dr. Rothenberg to seek a cure for EoE.
"This is What I Know"
"How to Stay Alive"
"Eliminando el miedo a la epinefrina y combatiendo la anafilaxia"
Susan Tatelli is an 18-year-old who participated in an oral-immunotherapy clinical trial for her peanut allergy. Because of her participation in the clinical trial, she had many epinephrine requiring anaphylactic reactions. She created these videos and her bilingual Epinephrine Readiness Training Kit to take the fear out of epinephrine and anaphylaxis.
OWYN, the plant-based protein drink has expanded their family of top 8 allergen-free drinks

OWYN Protein Drinks has just released their Top 8 Allergen Free Protein Drinks in Eco-friendly tetra packs. Each 11 oz tetra pack contains 20 grams of plant-based protein with a superfood's greens blend and comes in Smooth Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, Cookies & Creamless flavors. OWYN's Eco-friendly four-packs are lightweight and have a low carbon footprint and are recyclable.
Free From:
Dairy, soy, gluten / wheat, egg, peanuts or tree nuts
OWYN’s contract manufacturer’s facility tests for the presence of Top 8 allergens that may have been processed in a preceding production run.
Partake Foods
Finally there's a delicious treat that everyone can partake in enjoying! Check out the various cookies and mixes that are all top 8 allergen free. Aside from creating amazing cookies, Denise, the founder, is passionate about raising awareness of Black and female entrepreneurship and increasing opportunity for women and people of color seeking careers in the food industry. In addition, Partake is partnering with Food Equality Initiative to ensure families in need have access to the food, education and advocacy they deserve!
Drizzled with chocolaty peppermint flavor made with real cocoa -plus, delicious crushed candy canes!
Proud Puffs
This Black-Owned Breakfast Food Company Is Making ‘Cereal For The Culture'
Get ready for Proud Puffs, a chocolate-flavored, vegan cereal formed in the shape of a Black fist. Founder Nic King was also very intentional about the type of cereal he wanted to put into the world. He says, “My goal with this cereal is to uplift the Black and brown community. I needed to make sure I was putting something healthy and that had nutritional value back inside my community. I didn’t want to push another sugary cereal".

What's Next for Safe + Fair?
From baking mixes, popcorn, granola and more, now everyone can indulge in tasty treats! Have you tried our classic flavors?! Here's what everyone's raving about:
Find snack safe guides for all your individual needs! Snack Safely compiles lists of options for tree nut, milk, sesame, and gluten free editions!
Nut free chocolate!

In partnership with Vermont Nut Free, learn all about the maker of the best nut free chocolate! Learn more from their full Q&A and find out where to get your sweet fix this spring!
In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re excited to share our second guide of the Top 100 Women in Food Allergies! 
Each woman featured has made contributions to the food allergy community by leading legislative efforts, raising funds and awareness, sharing recipes, creating products, and more. We are so appreciative of everything they do for the community and thrilled to recognize all of their hard work.
VUCA Health

VUCA Health has created the largest library of medication education videos. Their video library is designed for patients, by pharmacists. It contains over 1000 medication, condition and administration videos. Their videos can be integrated into websites, mobile apps, smart speakers, and pharmacy management systems. VUCA Health is bringing vision, understanding, clarity and action to the health industry today.
When Every Bite Matters Book
A book written by teen Oliver Deldicque about his life with allergies. His goal is to make this book available in doctors' offices for patients with food allergies. It is a great book to read if you have allergies or you have a friend or family member with a food allergy. The goal is to help with managing food allergies!
Whole & Free Foods
Every Body Eat® exists to bring people together over a shared love of delicious food, regardless of dietary restrictions or preferences. Small batches of *new* Every Body Eat® crispbreads will be available April 1st. Use code MOCHA21 for a 10% discount.
See influencer Tabita Brown bite into an Every Body Eat™ snack thin, and “hear the crunch”! @iamtabithabrown
Without a Trace Foods
New allergen friendly snack company in the market, Without A Trace Foods. All snacks are free of the Big 8 allergens and sesame. Gluten-free and plant based. Each product is produced and packaged in their dedicated allergen friendly facility and shipped right to your home. They are offering our group 20% off. Go to their website and use the code THXMOCHA21. And follow them on Instagram @withoutatracefoods.
Zippy: Children's Book
Dr. Sakina Shikari Bajowala and Suzy Bauer wrote this cute book: "Zippy: A Story About Oral Immunotherapy(OIT) for food allergies, check it out!
Chicagoland Information
Northwestern Medicine offers Board-Certified Allergy and Immunology physicians seeing patients at two locations in the northern suburbs, bringing allergy specialty care closer to home.
Dr. Deeba Masood

Dr. Deeba Masood studied Integrative Medicine. In an effort to provide superior patient care, she incorporates holisitic methodologies into her allopathic medical practice. She is a certified Integrative Medical Practitioner by the American Academy of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Masood sees patients in Vernon Hills, IL, and treats all types of allergies and immune deficiency disorders, including food allergies, for pediatric, adult and geriatric patients. View a video of Dr. Masood and request an appointment: Deeba Masood, MD | Northwestern Medicine
Dr. Cheryl Steiman

Dr. Cheryl Steiman sees patients in Glenview, IL, and treats both pediatric and adult patients for allergies, including environmental (pollens, mold, pet dander, and dust), foods, drugs, and stinging insects. She has a special interest in treating patients with asthma, reoccurring hives, and chronic nasal and sinus symptoms. She crafts personalized treatment plans for every patient based on individual values and needs and offers medication management with allergy shots and biologic treatments. View a video of Dr. Steiman and request an appointment: Cheryl A. Steiman, MD | Northwestern Medicine  Dr. Steiman’s office number: 847-535-7647.
Dr. Amy Thomas

Dr. Amy Thomas sees patients in Gurnee, IL, and treats both pediatric and adult patients for allergic
rhinitis, asthma, food and drug allergy, recurrent infections as well as chronic hives and swelling. She has a special interest in treating patients with severe asthma and chronic sinus disease. Her practice philosophy is rooted in her belief that good communication is the key to quality healthcare. She wants her patients to understand both their allergic and immunologic conditions as well as treatment options, so that together they can discuss and develop a plan that best meets their healthcare needs. To request an appointment: Dr. Thomas’s office number:
Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research

Previously SOAAR, the Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research (CFAAR) is at the frontlines of groundbreaking research and provides education resources to the allergy community. The latest of their monthly newsletters focuses on COVID-19, new members and new research news!
New Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research Established
Scientists from Northwestern and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago have been at the forefront of research, care and advocacy to improve these childhood and adult allergic diseases for years. Now, Northwestern has established the new Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research, which will provide both investigators and patients more support while uncovering new discoveries from applied and basic science research.

On the CFAAR website, there is a video library of helpful informational videos pertaining to food allergies and asthma. Some videos include: Teens Talk Food Allergies, The Asthma Story, START PSA.
Allergy Education Videos:
The Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research (CFAAR) offers a friendly way to start the food allergy conversation with family and friends at home or at school. The goal of these videos is to address the food allergy needs of the Early Childhood Population. These videos were created for parents, caregivers, children (under the age of 6) and early childhood professionals.
Join CFAAR's Community Advisory Board!
In collaboration with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital and Northwestern University, CFAAR is excited to ounce the launch of the new Community Advisory Board at the Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research (CFAAR). CFAAR is currently seeking food allergy, asthma and other food related diseases parents/families or community members interested in joining the mission.

Take a look at the link to learn more!
CFAAR Community Resources
Dr. Ruchi Gupta and her team have developed peer-to-peer food allergy educational videos that can be shown in classrooms! In the link, there is a video library containing many educational videos. Additionally, there are pdfs for Food Allergy Workbook and Passport, which help children become better aware of their allergies.
The Food Allergy Experience
Written by Dr. Ruchi Gupta and Denise Bunning, The Food Allergy Experience provides a reliable source of information and advice in simple, easy-to-read terms. For those contending with food allergies, the book offers guidance and invaluable perspective. For friends, relatives, health care providers, teachers, and caregivers, the book will instill a better understanding of how food allergies impact life at home, at school, and in the community, helping them to more effectively assist children with food allergies. 
Research Project: College & Food Allergies

Do you know a college-aged student? We need your help!

The CFAAR research team is working on a project to learn more about the needs of college students with food allergies nationwide. We are looking for college students (with or without food allergies) and recent college graduates to complete an anonymous survey that will only take about 5-15 minutes to complete.
This survey will help researchers help identify areas which need improvement on college campuses so they can better support students with food allergy.
*for freshmen, select "other" as year

Please help spread the word and share the link!
Survey for Parents of Children with Food Allergies

Hello MOCHA community! We are a team of undergraduate and medical students at Northwestern University who are working with CFAAR to create a mentorship program for families of children who have recently been diagnosed with a food allergy. We would love your input to ensure that we are creating a program that meets families' needs. If you could please fill out this survey to guide our thinking it would be much appreciated!
iReach Study Aims to Enhance Prevention of Peanut Allergy in Pediatric Practices
Study aims to improve pediatric clinicians’ adherence of the 2017 Prevention of Peanut Allergy (PPA) guidelines to reduce incidence of peanut allergy"
Lurie Children's Division of Allergy & Immunology Facebook Page
Half of People with Food Allergies Report at Least One Allergic Reaction Each Year
A very interesting article about the prevalence and causes of different food allergic reactions. Includes work from the CFAAR team.
Lurie Nutritionist
Linda Somers at Lurie is recommended by a MOCHA member. She has many years of experience with feeding issues. You can call 1800-KIDSDOC to make an appointment with her.
Dr. Sai Nimmagadda
Dr. Nimmagadda is now available to see patients at Lurie Children’s new Outpatient Center in Skokie on Tuesdays. He has over 20 years of experience caring for patients in the Chicagoland area. His interests include management of food allergies, early interventions strategies for food allergy prevention, and difficult to control asthma and allergic rhinitis.
Research Study for Children with Moderate to Severe Asthma 
The Division of Allergy and Immunology is participating a key nationwide study which is funded by the NIH / NHLBI called PRECISE. This study seeks to apply precision (personalized) medicine to subjects with severe asthma to determine which treatments may be most beneficial for different subtypes of asthma. We have had some difficulty with recruitment during the pandemic, but feel that this study would be of potential benefit to your moderate to severe asthmatic subjects. 

The PRECISE study is different from other asthma studies in a number of ways:
  • Characterizes patients by immune responses, airway inflammation, lung function and more to determine which intervention would work best for them.
  • Subjects will be randomized a treatment which is predicted to be beneficial to them; and may have the option to progress to other potentially beneficial interventions.
  • Lasts 18 months or less.
We are looking for children with asthma who are: 
  • Ages 12-17 years 
  • Have been diagnosed with moderate to severe asthma requiring at least medium to high dose inhaled steroid and one other controller 
  • And may have had an exacerbation in the last year 
Palforzia® Oral Immunotherapy Services
The Allergy-Immunology Division is now offering Palforzia® oral immunotherapy for children ages 4-17 who have peanut allergy. We are doing oral immunotherapy in our new oral food challenge unit at the Lurie Children’s main hospital. If you are interested in a consultation for Palforzia® treatment, please call our office at 312-227-6010. 
Does your child have a peanut allergy?
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is currently enrolling volunteers for an Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) clinical trial for peanut allergy studying the use of AR101; a medication which contains peanut allergen in the form of peanut flour that may help the body naturally lessen the severity of its reaction to peanuts. If your child is 1 to 3 years old and has a peanut allergy, they may be eligible.

For more information email us at AllergyResearch@luriechildrens.org or call us at (312) 227-6474
Does your Toddler Wheeze?
Your child may be eligible to participate in a research study at Lurie Children’s Hospital to see if the medication Xolair® can prevent wheezing children from developing asthma as they grow older. If your Child is 2 or 3 years old and has had 2-4 wheezing episodes in the past year, they may be eligible. For more information email us at AllergyResearch@luriechildrens.org or call us at
(312) 227-6474
SEAL Study
UChicago has teamed up with Stanford, National Jewish, and King’s College London on an NIH sponsored project to titled SEAL study (Stopping Atopic dermatitis and Allergy) by enhancing the skin barrier in infants. Recruitment is expected to begin later this spring. 
Also, if anyone is interested in being contacted about clinical trials as they open, please join the UChicago research registry from our home page.
Study in Twins Identifies Fecal Microbiome Differences in Food Allergies
This study gives light into the role different bacteria play in food allergies. This is an important step in the ultimate goal of identifying specific bacteria for potential therapeutic interventions.
Manageable Meal Planning and Diabetes

Meal planning has lots of benefits, including reduced costs, less food waste, and health benefits. Want to know the best ways to properly meal plan? The tips and tricks? Read this article for learn more!
UChicago Telemedicine
UChicago Medicine is now offering telemedicine visits for both new patients and follow-up patients. Telemedicine offers the convenience of consulting with a food allergy specialist from the comfort of your own home. Interested in hearing about current research or oral immunotherapy? Telemedicine may be the perfect way for you and your family to find out more, call (733)-702-1000 for the general number.
UChicago Update
UChicago is hoping to interview parents with at least one older child having food allergy, that also have another younger child less than 2-3 years old or plan to have another child in the future. UChicago would love to hear their perspectives as they might be the first end users of a potential food allergy vaccine. Email sjcao@uchicago.edu if interested!
Jennifer Solomon
Food allergies and mental health: It’s a family thing. Too often short shrift is given to how food allergies affects a child’s – and a family’s – mental health. Seeking therapy can help ease the anxiety and find a healthy balance that works for everyone in the family. Often times, therapists don’t understand food allergy. And parents are tired of educating
therapists about what it all means, including OIT treatment. As a family therapist, I help families navigate food allergies wherever they are in the journey. I’m thrilled to be working with children, adults, parents or the whole family on how to make food allergies more manageable.

Jennifer Solomon
Affinity Practice
Dr. Rhian Morcott is a board-certified psychiatrist in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry with over twenty years of experience, who recently opened a private practice, Affinity
Practice, in Lake Bluff, IL. She provides personalized care with comprehensive treatment approaches including talk therapy, medications, integrative and lifestyle interventions. We are excited to share her information as a resource to our MOCHA community. For further inquires, please reach out with the contact information below. Dr. Rhian Morcott is also a food allergy mom!
Tamara is a family therapy-trained Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) offering support for women/moms, young adults and those navigating life transitions. She specialized in helping those managing food allergies navigating the emotional/social aspects, especially parents/caregivers. Tamara created the Food Allergy Counselor website, the Food Allergy Counselor Directory and the food allergy mental health resource page to fill an unmet need within the food allergy community. Tamara is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy for Adler School of Professional Psychology.
Check out the latest therapeutic food allergy anxiety worksheet created by licensed therapist, Tamara Hubbard, LCPC. This 3-page worksheet helps older kids, teens and even adults notice, name and navigate their food allergy-related worries. Read more on this topic and download the worksheet here: https://www.foodallergycounselor.com/blog/the-managing-food-allergy-worry-worksheet
Also, be sure to check out all of the food allergy mental health resources on the Food Allergy Counselor website, including the Food Allergy Counselor Directory, the Exploring Food Allergy Families podcast, and the Food Allergy Mental Health Resources pagewww.FoodAllergyCounselor.com

And if you're an IL adult or caregiver looking for support related to managing food allergies, Tamara Hubbard, LCPC offers allergy-informed counseling services, currently via telehealth. Learn more about Tamara Hubbard, LCPC at: www.TamaraHubbardLCPC.com
Researchers Need Your Help: Please Consider these Surveys
Survey on New Type of Auto-Injector (SanFran Academy of Art):
Academy of Art University in San Francisco Student, Andrew Schlecht is encouraging parents to fill out a survey to gather information to help create a new type of auto-injector. He says, “
I want to design medical products that make people's lives better. While doing some early research I identified a gap between the ages where children are ready to play without such strict adult supervision, and the age where a child learns to and is comfortable administering their own Epipen if the parent wasn't around to do so. I am working on a project where the ultimate goal is to close that gap, and design a product that makes the parent and the child both comfortable in the event of an emergency.”
Fill out the survey here:
Survey on New Type of Auto-Injector
A team of undergraduate Bioengineering students at the University of California-Riverside is confidentially interviewing individuals with severe allergies, as well as close family members of such individuals, in order to gain insight into opinions surrounding commercial autoinjectors and their suitability in treating anaphylactic reactions. Through participation in a research survey course hosted by the National Science Foundation, they are interested in learning more about the unique challenges that allergy-prone individuals face with the intent of educating their community and informing future treatment options. Interviews take place via Zoom and last approximately ten minutes, catering to participant availability. Those interested in participating in this study can complete this interview contact form. Questions about this study may be addressed to Jordan Rolsma at jrolsma@engr.ucr.edu.
Parent Survey: Food Allergies in Elementary Schools
Parents or guardians of elementary school children with life-threatening food allergies:
You are invited to participate in a 10-20 minute online research survey. Please help us learn how you communicate with schools about food allergies management. Please email FoodAllergiesSurvey@gmail.com or call 301-458-6457 to participate. 
We do not link your name and email to your answers. We kindly ask that only one adult per family participate. You are not eligible if you participated in the pilot survey.
Please do not post or share this on social media.
Want to share it? Tell others to contact me at FoodAllergiesSurvey@gmail.com
or 301-458-6457. Thank you!
Laura Koo
Food allergy mom and PhD candidate
University of Maryland, College Park
Intern Intersection
Intern Intersection was created by Julia Auerbach, Ryan Smith, Susan Tatelli, Pranav Bajaj, and John Kosner.
Susan Tatelli
  • College Freshman (18 years old)
  • University and Major: College of William & Mary, Education and Hispanic Studies
  • Allergic to peanuts, hazelnuts, soy

You can connect with me on Spokin @susan_tatelli or email at susan@tatelli.com
This Semester:
I am on campus this semester with a mix of in person and online classes. Fortunately, the weather here has been pretty good, so I am still able to go on tons of walks like I did last semester.

For the Spring:
I am looking forward to some of the outdoor activities on campus opening up, such as, canoeing and paddle-boarding!

What I've been enjoying:
I have recently discovered a new love for the Game of Thrones board game which I will be playing with my friends on our spring break days.
Julia Auerbach
  • High School Senior (18 years old)
  • Francis W. Parker High School
  • Celiac Disease

You can connect with me on email at julia.auerbach@yahoo.com
This Semester:
This past semester I have been fully remote definitely has its challenges. I have kept busy with school work, virtual club meetings, and lots of tennis.

For the Spring:
I am excited to graduate high school in late Spring. I also love walking around and looking at all the blooming flowers and the lake as it gets warmer outside.

What I've Been Enjoying:
Besides schoolwork, I have also been keeping busy playing tennis, taking walks, reading watching movies with my family, and perfecting my gluten-free zucchini bread recipe.
Pranav Bajaj
  • College Sophomore (19 years old)
  • University and Major: Northwestern University, Pre-med and Economics
  • Multiple food allergies

You can connect with me on email at pranavbajaj2023@u.northwestern.edu
This Semester:
I am currently on campus for this semester, and I have been really enjoying it. I have been playing a lot of tennis and have been spending time with friends frequently. I also am taking a good mix of science and economics courses this quarter—they are all very interesting!

For the Spring:
I am planning on staying on campus and possibly taking some in-person classes and labs.

What I've Been Enjoying:
The weather is finally getting better! I love to walk outside next to Lake Michigan. It is really refreshing, especially when the sun is out. I can't wait to start playing golf and other sports outside again as well.
Ryan Smith
  • High School Senior (18 years old)
  • Glenbrook North High School
  • Allergic to tree nuts

You can connect with me on email at ryanskate29@gmail.com
This Semester:
This semester I was able to return to in-person school which was super exciting! It is great to see my teachers and friends for part of my senior year. My skating team has started to have practices again in preparation for our annual ice show in May. I also am wrapping up my speech team season. I qualified for regionals and am now preparing for the national series.

For the Spring:
I am super excited to go to California for Spring Break with my family! I'm also looking forward to the annual ice skating show in May. I plan on enjoying my last few months of high school!

What I've Been Enjoying:
I have been loving the sunshine! I also have enjoyed watching the new tv series "WandaVision" with my family every Friday night!
John Kosner
  • College Junior (21 years old)
  • University and Major: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame

You can contact with me on Spokin: johnkoz92 or email jkosner2@illinois.edu
This Semester:
The groove for online school has been set so this semester is much more smooth. Walks have been my saving grace when I've been in the house too long. I've really developed as a chef, I just hope my parents, siblings and grandparents agree too. For one thing, I know I will not take in person classes for granted again!

For the Spring:
I'm looking forward to starting my DRES-SAC committee role as well as continuing all my other activities. Of course I'm looking forward to taking advantage of the weather! I'm very excited to find some great hiking spots all around Illinois. My goal is to make running into a hobby but I'm sure many people far better have tried and failed.

What I've Been Enjoying:
I just finished up the book "The Crack Up" by F. Scott Fitzgerald and while it's not the most uplifting collection of essays, there are great insights nonetheless. I recently just watched the movie "When Harry Met Sally" and it's one of my top 5 favorite movies of all time. I'm always happy to give movie recommendations.
Amidst the COVID-19 emergency, our inboxes and newsfeeds are flooded with updates on the progression of this pandemic. With the coronavirus constantly on our mind while we are social distancing, it is common to have feelings of isolation, fear, or hopelessness. We've created MOCHA Cares to be a refreshing section of positivity. We hope that at least one of these resources can inspire you to find peace, be inspired, or try something new!
Be Inspired- Suggested by MOCHA Interns:
Mask Ready provides a fast way to wear and store face masks! was born! The Mask Ready™ Kit includes a pouch that serves as a clean, safe place to store your mask when not in use. When you take the mask off, the Mask Ready™ straps can remain attached to your mask and worn around your neck so that you don’t run the risk of it getting dirty or misplaced. USE CODE MOCHA20
We have been loving these Comfy's! They are the perfect way to stay warm and cozy all day long. Plus, the even have one in TEAL! You can buy them on their website, theComfy
This is one of my family's favorite games! It's like TicTacToe on steroids so it's quick and easy to learn. A 2-4 person game, recommended for ages 8+

Oreos started to make gluten free versions of their famous cookies! They taste really good—I love to see bigger brands now serving gluten-free products! Allergy awareness is on the rise.
We are lovng these super trendy and useful custom personalized mask chains from Chainzs By Mimz! Check out their website to purchase!
I am seriously OBSESSED with this edible raw cookie dough from eat pastry! This vegan cookie dough is safe to eat raw or you can cook the tastiest cookies in just 10 minutes! They have a variety of flavors, including a gluten free version. Buy from their website!
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