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Drive food allergy awareness

You can spread allergy awareness in a number of ways throughout the month, here’s a handful of suggestions.

Take action

Paint it teal

Paint one fingernail teal to show your support for food allergy awareness. It’s a great, simple way to start a conversation about food allergies and to create awareness.

Post your picture, share it with us, and tag it using #allergyaware! Our friends from Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia started this campaign, so let’s make it global to show support for everyone with food allergies.

Allergy Aware flyerTake AllergyAware.ca courses

AllergyAware.ca’s free 30-minute course teaches you the basics of food allergies, the signs and symptoms of a reaction, and what steps to take if a reaction occurs.

Share the Allergy Aware course with your child’s school, childcare facility, or other members of the community (like your child’s sports team, babysitter, grandparents, etc.). Upon successfully finishing the course, you’ll get a Certificate of Completion you can proudly display on your wall.

Host an allergy-friendly food drive

In schools, designate one day for an allergy-friendly food drive and ask students to bring in a product that doesn’t contain one of the top priority allergens. For example, everyone can bring in food with no milk, or no eggs, or no peanuts, or no tree nuts.

This is a great challenge where students learn how to properly read food labels, and it will also help them to develop a greater understanding of what it’s like to have food allergies.

Get your schools to take the Allergy Awareness Challenge

The Allergy Awareness Challenge features two separate challenges – one for elementary schools and another for high school students.

The Challenge consists of free downloadable resources for educators, including lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, student worksheets, information sheets, posters, and more. It provides fun activities and engaging classroom discussions to help students take food allergies seriously while reinforcing school policies in an age-appropriate manner.

Spread the word – resources and videos to share

Share this 2-minute video with students, it provides a quick overview of anaphylaxis, including causes, symptoms, and treatment.
Donate to Food Allergy Canada

We rely on your donations to help raise awareness and education throughout your communities.

Learn more about the significant impact you can make through your generous donations.

Danica and Delaney with their braceletsHost a fundraiser

You can also fundraise to support food allergy awareness. Last year, sisters Delaney and Danica promoted Food Allergy Awareness Month at their schools by making bracelets. It was a huge success in creating awareness in their school and their community. Read their story and get inspired to start your own fundraiser!

Share our food allergy do’s and dont’s videos, these are fun and quick videos that highlight easy ways for others to help.

Celebrate safely: Food allergies are serious business. Why not celebrate safely by offering non-food treats.
Cleaning your hands: Learn how to properly remove allergens from your hands.
Double dipping: Make sure you use different utensils when making food that may contain an allergen.
No picking: Don’t pick an allergen from food and serve it to someone with that food allergy.

Light it up!

Monuments across Canada will light up teal in support of Food Allergy Awareness Month! We’ll be adding more to the list, so stay tuned! If you live in one of these areas, please take photos, share them on social media using the tag #allergyaware, and share them with us too!

City of Brampton Clock Tower, Brampton, ONMay 13, 2019
Welland Bridge, Welland, ONMay 16, 2019
High Level Bridge, Edmonton, ABMay 17, 2019
Mississauga Civic Clock Tower, Mississauga, ONMay 17, 2019
Riverwalk Commons and the Fred A. Lundy Bridge, Newmarket, ONMay 17, 2019
City of Markham Gateway Sign, Markham, ONMay 17-18, 2019
BC Place, Vancouver, BCMay 18, 2019
Dome at Science World at Telus World of Science, Vancouver, BC May 18, 2019
Canada Place Sails of Light, Vancouver, BCMay 18, 2019
Calgary Tower, Calgary, AB May 18, 2019
Telus Spark Science Centre, Calgary, AB May 18, 2019
Reconciliation Bridge, Calgary, ABMay 18, 2019
Lethbridge City Hall, Lethbridge, ABMay 18, 2019
3D Toronto Sign, Toronto, ONMay 18, 2019
Toronto City Hall Towers, Toronto, ON May 18, 2019
Oakville Town Hall, Oakville, ON May 18, 2019
Brant Street Pier, Burlington, ONMay 18, 2019
Niagara Falls, ON May 18, 2019
Peace Bridge, Niagara Falls, ON May 18, 2019
Montreal City Hall, Montreal, QC May 18, 2019
Charlottetown City Hall, Charlottetown, PEIMay 18, 2019
Halifax City Hall, Halifax, NSMay 18, 2019
CN Tower, Toronto, ONMay 20, 2019
Vancouver City Hall, Vancouver, BC May 25, 2019
The Bastion, Nanaimo, BCMay 25, 2019
Fountain at the Forks, London, ONMay 28-30, 2019
JA Taylor Building, London, ONMay 28-30, 2019
London City Hall, London, ON May 28-30, 2019
London Life Building, London, ON May 28-30, 2019

Show your support

Support food allergy awareness by purchasing our teal glow-in-the-dark Shine a light bracelets

Perfect for kids and adults to wear to spark the conversation of food allergy with neighbours and friends. Plus, by wearing this teal bracelet you are  shining a light on your support of food allergy education and awareness.