What is it?
The LWBE Food Allergy Awareness (FAA) Committee is a group of concerned parents who have joined together to provide food allergy information and support to all LWBE families, teachers, and administration personnel. Food allergies affect many of us; directly or indirectly. It is of great importance to be aware, informed, and educated about food allergies, especially life-threatening ones.
Our Mission: to promote awareness, support, education, and understanding. 
What are we trying to accomplish? 
We have joined together to promote awareness, support, and education regarding food allergies. Our goal is to be a source of information and support to current and new families with food allergies, as well as non-food allergy families. All parents can find information that will help them and their children become more knowledgeable about food allergies and why it is vitally important to be educated.  
What do you need to know?
Food allergy affects many families here at LWBE.  Most of us have been directly or indirectly affected by food allergies.  We are hopeful that you will appreciate the severity of food allergies and will find this program of great importance and benefit to you.
Here are some of the reasons why it is important to educate ourselves and our children about food allergies:
There are 5.9 million kids in the U.S. living with a food allergy – that’s a big number, but what does it really mean?

·One in every 13 kids in the U.S. has a food allergy, which equals about two kids in every classroom.

·If all of the kids with a food allergy lived in one state, it would be the 19th largest state (by population) in the U.S.

Although nearly any food is capable of causing an allergic reaction, eight foods account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions in the United States.  These foods are: peanut, tree nuts, milk, egg, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.
Food allergy bullying is a growing problem in schools across the country.  About a third of kids with food allergies report that they have been bullied specifically because of their allergies.

* These facts were taken from the FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) website: http://www.foodallergy.org/.  

What are LWBE’s current procedures regarding food allergies?
Currently, “NO nut zone” signs are placed at the end of each table in the cafeteria.
These sections of tables are peanut free zones.This means that only students with nut/peanut butter free lunches may sit at these designated areas to help keep students safe from contamination from nuts or nut oils while eating lunch. 
Parents are encouraged to work closely with the clinic staff, teachers, and room rep parents, in order to manage their child's life threatening allergy.  
How can you get involved?
The Food Allergy Awareness Committee needs you!  All families are welcome!  If you are interested in joining the committee or just want to participate in any of the upcoming events, please contact Heather Nielson at lwbe.faa.2017@gmail.com
If you can’t join, becoming educated about the severity of food allergies and helping to keep all of our kids safe is a great way to participate. 
We will hold several meetings/events throughout the school year in an effort to promote awareness and educate parents and children.
Other Food Allergy Links 
If you are interested in learning more about food allergies, please visit the following websites for more information.

The Food Allergy & Research Education (FARE) www.foodallergy.org

          Kids with Food Allergies: http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org