New Organization Providing Food Allergy Resources and Education
Food Allergy Resources & Mentoring (FARM) is a non-profit food allergy support and advocacy organization. FARM’s mission is to increase public awareness of the worldwide food allergy epidemic and to provide a voice for those who live with food allergies. FARM intends to educate the community so that food allergy families can find support and security in finding a balance between food allergy safety and participation in the wider world.
Founded in Brevard County by Lisa Ficke, the organization provides information both online and through events. Ficke knows first-hand about raising a child with a life-threatening food allergy and how to be proactive about safety because her five-year-old daughter is severely allergic to cow’s milk and has suffered anaphylactic reactions to the microscopic protein molecules found in milk through ingestion, physical contact and airborne contact.
“Knowledge about food allergies is scarce and often incorrect,” says Ficke. “Ninety percent of food allergies come from the top eight allergens: milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, eggs, soy and wheat. Many of these ingredients can also be found in non-edibles such as hair and body products. Learning to read product labels vigilantly is necessary as complete avoidance is the only effective treatment.”
For upcoming events, volunteer information or to make a donation, contact Food Allergy Resources & Mentoring (FARM), Lisa Ficke, 275 East Eau Gallie Blvd Ste 365, Indian Harbour Beach. 808-250-5188. FA-Resources.com. Facebook.com/FAresources. Twitter.com/FAresources