Families just like ours need help. They find themselves in the path of Hurricane Harvey and many are without resources. Not only are many thousands of people evacuated from their homes, but those who remain will likely not have access to supermarkets or deliveries as roads and commercial buildings will be effected for days or weeks.
The folks at the San Antonio Food Allergy Support Team posted an update today about how to donate food allergy-friendly food to those in southeast Texas. Monetary donations are the best way to make an immediate impact. And, food allergy-friendly donations, particularly those that make feeding children easier, are greatly appreciated.
Here is Allergy Shmallergy’s link to Emergency Food Allergy Donations on Amazon. I will continue to update this list throughout the upcoming days. This is just to get us all started and is, by no means, an exhaustive list of needs. Feel free to send your families’ favorite allergy-friendly foods, but remember that it should be shelf-stable and not require refrigeration.
Emergency Food Allergy Donations
Please read below for details. And, remember: there are MANY excellent organizations that need assistance now.
Thank you in advance: Your help is appreciated beyond words!
From the San Antonio Food Allergy Support Team:
[Post updated Wed. 8/30 at NOON CST]
Texas was hit very hard by Hurricane Harvey.
Many of the people who have been evacuated from the Corpus Christi area are already here in San Antonio. We have some evacuees from Houston, but are expecting thousands more.
If you’d like to help food allergy families, here’s how…
The San Antonio Food Bank is coordinating food efforts to help ALL of Texas hurricane victims right now. San Antonio is clear and sunny and having no issues with roads closures or mail delays (unlike Houston).
San Antonio Food Bank
FOOD ALLERGY FRIENDLY
5200 Enrique M. Barrera Pkwy
San Antonio, TX 78227-2209
The information on the “Hurricane Harvey Emergency Response” pops up on their main page…scroll down to see all options.
•Folks can donate “MONETARY DONATIONS” and put in the NOTES section (at the bottom) that they want their donation to go to “FOOD ALLERGY FRIENDLY FOODS” – this may make the most immediate impact.
•Food allergy companies or donors can send “MATERIAL DONATIONS” food allergy products directly to the San Antonio Food Bank (address above) and clearly mark them as FOOD ALLERGY FRIENDLY – If possible, include a clear message that it’s food allergy friendly on the outside of the box, in the second address line, and on the inside of the box.
•Shipments direct from AMAZON: If you are sending allergy-friendly items directly from Amazon.com, you can enter “FOOD ALLERGY FRIENDLY ” in the “Address line 2” field for the address and include it in a “gift message” which would be inside the box, to help with package sorting.
*San Antonio Residents – You can donate food allergy friendly items to the SA Food Bank or the City Council Offices listed. Please clearly mark them as “FOOD ALLERGY FRIENDLY” inside and outside and if possible pack them in a sturdy box. You can sign up to volunteer at the SA Food Bank (you must sign up ahead of time).
FYI FARE and KFA/AAFA have blog posts with additional details. Enjoy Life and Sunbutter companies are already planning to send donations. AAFA is working with someone from the EoE community. If you happen to have a personal corporate connection looking to donate, please have them contact Chad Chittenden, Director of Food Industry Partnerships at firstname.lastname@example.org (210) 431-8313, but I’m sure he’s swamped and other organizations are already reaching out to companies.
–Susan & Selena — San Antonio Food Allergy Support Team (volunteer leaders & FA moms)
P.S. There are many other organizations that need general help (including the Red Cross and Blood Bank). Thanks to any of you who are helping in whatever way works for you. ❤