Nut Free and Other Food Allergy Resources for Parents

by on September 21, 2011 · 6 comments                       

food allergy resources for people who pack lunch boxes

al·ler·gy Noun/ˈalərjē/

A damaging immune response by the body to a substance, esp. pollen, fur, a particular food, or dust, to which it has become hypersensitive.

My kids are allergic to some kinds of grass. If they sit on the lawn in our yard with shorts on, they get red marks on their skin and itchiness. So they don’t sit on the lawn in shorts. Easy.

But my kids don’t have food allergies. The kind that so many families have to deal with that can lead to life threatening emergencies like what happened to Katie, who’s story I posted earlier this month.

From what I read on all the Facebook walls and blogs that I stalk love to read, I can see that food allergies are a seriously important topic and everyone is looking for support and helpful resources.

I’m thrilled that my EasyLunchboxes make it easier for families to pack allergy-safe meals, but what about the actual food? It can be an overwhelming  responsibility to send a child with severe food allergies off to school or what should be a simple outing with friends. So I’ve put together some background information and a resource list that I hope will be of help:

Allergies on the Rise – What you need to know

What you need to know about food allergies

Informative infographic about food sensitivities in today’s children

Why are food allergies on the rise?

Allergy resources you can use

Safe Snack Guide published by

An Elementary School Snack List – Nut-Free

Dairy Free Lunch Recipes for Kids

Gluten and allergen free school lunch and snack ideas

Top 25 Food Allergy Moms – 2012

Keeley McGuire Blog

Allergy Free Table

Allergic Child

Cooking for K

Extensive list of FREE downloads

Books to help you and your family

The Nut-Free Mom

Peanut-Free Zone

Children’s Book on Nut Allergies

The Food Allergy Mom 

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network

Food Allergy Initiative 

Smart, Stylish, Safe: Solutions for Families with Food Allergies

Feeding Carl

Allergies, Asthma, and Gluten Free

More food allergy blogs and newsletters

Cute Allergy Awareness Clothing and more

Kids With Food Allergies Foundation

Allergy Resources for School Nurses

Food Allergies

Keep food allergy kids safe with EasyLunchboxes

But wait! There’s more! Check out the resources my friend
Rachel of Following in my Shoes has put together…
Click the image below:

allergen friendly lunch box ideas

Feel free to add to this list in the comments below. I’m sure there are many other wonderful resources available and I’m happy to have this be a place to share them!

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1 marge September 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm

we just found out my son is allergic to peanuts this week.cashews to be specific.scary.thanks for the info.
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2 Kelly Lester September 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

Hi Marge. That is really scary. I’m so sorry! I’m glad my info can be of some help to you. I love the resources that one can find online with just a little searching. Lots of folks dealing with the same issues. It know it can make things a bit easier sometimes….

3 stacey July 1, 2012 at 6:26 am

You can find great products to help increase safety and awareness of peanut allergies at They have stickers, signs, tattoos, bags, and chef cards. They also have free downloads like allergy action plans and nut identification cards.

4 Kelly Lester July 1, 2012 at 9:42 am

Thanks Stacey! Great resource. I’m adding it to the list above :)

5 Dave Bloom June 24, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Kelly, another great resource for your list is the Safe Snack Guide published by which features 8 pages of peanut, tree nut and egg-free snacks designed to keep these allergens out of your home and the classroom. Hundreds of schools nationwide rely on the Guide to help parents comply with their allergen exclusion policies. You’ll find it at

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