Basic Organization Information
Kids With Food Allergies, Inc.
- Also Known As:
KFA, Kids With Food Allergies Foundation
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P Human Services
P40 Family Services
E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E70 Public Health Program
G Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines
G60 Allergy Related Diseases
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We improve the day-to-day lives of families raising children with food allergies and empower them to create a safe and healthy future for their children.
Lynda Mitchell received her Master's degree in Health Information Management with a certificate in Health Informatics from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. She has 20 years' experience in hospital management, consulting, teaching at the college level and in conducting training sessions and educational seminars. Her son, now a college student, developed multiple, severe food allergies as an infant. In 1998 she helped start the Parents of Food Allergic Kids online support group and in 2004 she founded the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA), a nonprofit online community, to better serve the growing needs of the many parents raising a child with food allergy who turn to the Internet for peer support and health information. She was an early adopter using social networks for KFA including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and MySpace. Mrs. Mitchell received her B.S. from Temple University (summa cum laude). She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband, a retired Naval officer, her son and her two Labrador Retrievers.
Kids With Food Allergies is dedicated to supporting and educating families so their children can be healthy and safe. As one of the largest organizations for families managing food allergies, we offer parents the latest information, helpful food and cooking advice, and a community of support to raise healthy, well-nourished children. And because no parent should feel alone, KFA provides support and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week.KFA is a growing community of parents, health care professionals and businesses joining together to create a safe and healthy future for children with food allergies.
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Highest Paid Employees & Their Compensation
Web-based education, peer support and food/cooking assistance
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Education program: Provides reliable and accurate health information to parents and caregivers which, in turn, benefits the health and well-being of children with food allergies.
Peer support program: Peer support is shared for social and emotional support as well as food/cooking assistance. The support groups are staffed by parent volunteers who know first hand the day-to-day challenges and joys of raising a child with food allergies.
Food and cooking assistance: KFA's core food/cooking assistance program offers food and cooking focused educational materials, a searchable "Safe Eats" allergen-friendly recipe database, an Allergy Buyer's Guide and other offerings to address the critical concern of families: "What can I feed my child?"
Outreach: KFA's outreach efforts have to goals - to provide quality education about food allergies, and to raise awareness of KFA's programs for families nationwide who may need them.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
Accomplishments in 2012
1. We educated and supported families by providing extensive offerings and through the innovative use of social media. Our organization’s website has become an award-winning top source of information and support to families raising children with food allergies. In 2012, our website had 1,000,000 visits and membership grew to 29,000 members.
2. We continued to support research on living with food allergies to better understand what families need and how we can best serve them.We collaborated on a study regarding Food Allergy and Use of Emergency Medication to Treat a Reaction.This important research will help us understand parent attitudes towards the use of epinephrine, the findings of which can be used to add or improve educational program offerings.
3. Our priority continues to be teaching food allergy management, preparedness and prevention of allergic reactions. The message of keeping kids safe and healthy was consistent in our education, support and outreach program offerings. In fact, a September 2012 survey showed that 83% of people agree or strongly agree that "KFA helps me keep my children safe," and 92% of people surveyed agree or strongly agree that "KFA provides high quality information about food allergies."
4. We successfully engaged in merger negotiations with the nation’s largest allergy and asthma nonprofit organization, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).As a division of AAFA, KFA will continue all of its current work. With our combined mission of education, advocacy and research, we will be able to do even more to help families. The Board of Directors for each organization voted to approve the merger, pending final regulatory approval.