Welcome Message

Welcome to Food Allergy Families of Rockland (FAF Rockland). We are a new support group in Rockland County NY, for families with children who suffer with food allergies. You don't have to be from Rockand to join! Check back with us to find out when FAF Rockland will host our first meeting.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

FAAN Walk photos not lost!

So As mentioned I thought the FAF Rockland Team photos were lost, but I found them! So here they are!
Co Founders Diane & Helen with our inspirations Cormac and Michael..

Team FAF Rockland!

Jim, Cormac & Diane

Dave, Michael, and Helen

Diane, Jim & Cormac

Enjoying safe his Divvies cookie!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Exciting News to Share!

Hi all,

Sorry for posting this reminder so late. It's been quite crazy with the storm, Halloween and all. We just wanted to let you know that the the next FAF meeting is Wednesday Nov. 16th at 7 pm at the Pearl River Library. Jonathan Elias will be back to talk about a new peanut test his company has. 

We have some exciting news to share. Helen is working with the Rockland Boulders to get a peanut free section at one of their games next season! We would love everyone's input on this.

Also, Food Allergy Families of Rockland  is now listed on on the FAAN website as an official support group! http://www.foodallergy.org/section/support-groups We are so excited about that as well.

The FANN Walk was a success as well. We raised about $1300.00 this year as a team. Thanks everyone! I did have photos but my computer ate them and are gone forever. We did look great in our red FAF shirts! Thanks Helen for getting them together.

One last thing! If anyone is interested in helping with marketing and promotion to help spread the word about us let me know. We could use the help.

Ok we hope to see you next week!

Diane and Helen.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The FAAN Walk Was Tons of Fun!

We had a great time at the FAAN Walk for Food Allergy in Ridgewood, NJ this year. Unfortunately my computer deleted all our fun photos that we wanted to share. We raised about $1,300.00, just $200 short of our goal, but still a great result. Thanks to all who donated and walked with us.

We also got to sample some goodies and met some interesting people. He are some of them:

Our local favorite baker Antoinette from Grandma's Kitchenhttp://www.grandmaskitchennj.com/default.asp
Divvies: http://www.divvies.com
Sunbutter:  http://www.sunbutter.com/
Home Free:  http://www.homefreetreats.com/
Enjoy Life: http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/
No Nut Nation had some really yummy brownies! http://nonutnation.com
Galaxy Products (a cheese alternative): http://www.galaxyfoods.com/galaxy-products/

There was someone there with lollie pops but I can't remember who they are. Sorry.

Besides food there were also some other support groups there, as well as some great products. One that was a favorite of mine was from The Allergic Traveler. It's a card with your allergies on it in English and in the language of the country you are traveling to.  This way you can clearly communicate what food allergies you or you child has. I love this idea!

AllerMates: www.Allermates.com
My Favorite magazine Allergic Living was there too.
AllerMates: www.Allermates.com

Support Groups in attendance:
Food Allergy & Asthma Support Group of North Jersey
Supportive Parents of Allergic Kids (SPOAK)

I'm sure I'm forgetting some other great people and products. I'll have to get Helen to add the ones I forgot.

Oh and the Next FAF meeting is on Nov. 16th at 7pm at the Pearl River Library. Our Guest is Jonathan Elias from ImmunoDiagnostics will be there to talk about his companies new peanut test. 

Hope to see you all at the next meeting.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October Meeting!

The October Meeting for FAF Rockland will be Wednesday the 19th at the Pearl River Library at 7pm in the Pearl River Room.

Bring your favorite sweet treat ideas and recipes for Halloween!

Halloween Parade and Playdate

One of the Weschester FA Groups is hosting a FA safe Halloween event! Thanks Suzie for letting us know!

Sunday, October 23—Halloween Parade and Playdate
Atria Senior Living, Briarcliff Manor
1025 Pleasantville Road
Briarcliff Manor, NY
(914) 923-4400
Join us for a food-free costume parade at Atria Senior Living in Briarcliff Manor; they were delighted to work with us to coordinate a safe Halloween event that would be both fun for the kids and the seniors.  There will be a space to change out of costumes afterwards (and use the bathroom), and then, weather permitting, we will go to the neighboring Briarcliff Park for the kids to play on the swings/in the sandbox/etc.  If the weather doesn’t hold out, feel free to reconvene at the very nearby Mrs. Greens at 9A and State Road, a place where even all of us can buy a safe snack for our kids!  I will provide goodie bags with some toys and individually wrapped top-8 free candies (They will make sure the labels are available to read) which they will hand over to the parents for double-checking.

Please RVSP. They need to give the facility a rough headcount of how many children will be participating.

Friday, September 16, 2011

FAAN Walk For Food Allergy

We would like to invite you all to join our team to walk for the FAAN Walk for Food Allergy this year. The walk takes place on on Sunday October 23rd at 12:00 at Wild Duck Pond, 1133 Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood NJ 07450. 

To sign up just go to our team page and click on the join team link at the top of the box where the team members are listed.  Anyone who will be walking has to register even if they are not fundrasing. That means all children. Strollers are allowed. You can also sign up to be a virtual walker if you can't attend but want to raise money.   Or if you just want to donate, just click on the team members name you would like to donate to. 

We really hope that you will join us for the walk!

Diane & Helen

Saturday, September 10, 2011

September Meeting!

We are so excited to announce that the next Food Allergy Families of Rockland will be meeting on Wednesday, September 21st at 7pm at Grandma’s Kitchen We will meet at this peanut and tree nut free bakery (Also available upon request they can be gluten-free, milk-free and egg-free), and learn more about baking safely for ourselves and our children. Please register for this free meeting by emailing us.

Also if you would like flyer's to hang up in your local area to help spread the word, let us know and we will e-mail it to you. 

125 Paris Avenue 
Northvale, NJ 07647

See you soon!

Diane & Helen

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Monday, July 25, 2011

August FAF Meeting 8/9/11!

The Next FAF of Rockland Meeting will be on Tuesday August 9th at 7pm at the Nyack Library. For those of you sending your Food Allergic Child off to school this fall, it's time to get started on getting your 504 plan in place. Guest speaker Denise Green from Putnam Independent Living Services will be holding a workshop on 504 and IEP plans for parents who need to know what to do to keep their children with food allergies safe at school. Please register with Denise 845.228.7457 X. 1102 or with FAF Rockland if you can attend. Hope to see you there!

Do you have a child with a food allergy? 
What is a 504 plan? 
Does your Child need a 504 Plan? 
How does a 504 Plan differ from an IEP? 
What do you as a Parent need to know? 
Presenter: Denise Green, Parent Training and Information Specialist 
When: Tuesday August 9, 2011 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Where: The Nyack Library, 59 South Broadway, Nyack NY 10960 
Register: Denise Green at dgreen@putnamils.org, or 
845.228.7457 x1102 
There is no fee, but you MUST register
A workshop can also be presented for YOUR parent group or agency by calling Denise Green, Parent Training Information Specialist, at 
845.228.7457 X. 1102 
Sponsored by: This workshop is co-sponsored by Food Allergy Family of Rockland, and by Putnam Independent Living Services’ Parent Training and Information Center. The Parent Training and Information Center is funded by the contract with the Advocacy Center in Rochester, NY through its PTIC grant from the US Department of Education (#84.3328M). 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Next FAF Meting!

The next Food Allergy Families of Rockland meeting will be on Wednesday, June 15th at 7PM hosted by A Matter of Health in Nanuet, located at 138 Rockland Plaza, Nanuet.

Join us for a discussion with our guest speaker on IgE allergy testing, food triggers and food labeling.

Friday, April 15, 2011

1st F.A.F of Rockland Meeting is May 18th!

We are very excited to announce that the 1st Food Allergy Families of Rockland (FAF Rockland), support group meeting will be on Wednesday May 18th at 7:00pm at the Nyack Library 59 South Broadway, Nyack NY 10960, (845) 358-3370. You don't have to be from Rockland to attend. 
Our 1st meeting will be a meet and great, and getting to know you. After that our meetings will have guest speakers and organized topics, as well as support  and chat time.
Please come join us!

If you have any questions please e-mail us at fafrockland@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

NY Mets stepping up to the plate!

Tuesday May 3rd. @7:10 pm
vs. San Francisco Giants

The NY Mets are going to have a peanut control night! It's not a peanut free game, but there will be a peanut free suite, with a peanut free menu, offered to the fans in the suite. The ticket price includes the food, beverages (non alcoholic), and the safety of the suite. It's pricey ($90.90 per person), and not the best time for kids to go to a game, but it's a start. The suit will also be power washed prior to the game to add to the safety!

During my original conversation with their rep, I was told that only 45 General Admission tickets (no assigned seats), will be available online only. I was also told if this is successful (meaning sold out or close to it), they will look into adding more peanut control games to the schedule.

I did mention that people with peanut allergies generally are allergic to other foods and hope that they will allow those individuals to bring their own with them. I do not know if that is something they will allow, so I suggest you call or e-mail. The direct contact info. is on the link.

As I am a Met fan and the hubby is a Yankee fan, this has to be a success in order to sway the little man into the Mets camp. Here is the link again to the info.

Play Ball!
Diane of F.A.F. Rockland

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Getting Organized!

It's time for Food Allergy Families of Rockland to get organized and get the fist meeting set up. Before we do that we would like to get a feel for what times and days work for everyone. Right now we are looking at an evening meeting once a moth on a week night. As of now it looks like the 1st meeting will be held in Nyack, but the date and time is still to be determined.

We hope this will be a place where the families with children who have food allergies can get together to talk,  share their tips and tricks for keeping our children safe, support each other, learn,  and even share recipes and make some friends.

If you are interested in joining us let us know. Also tell us what you would like FAF Rockland to include. You can leave a message on this blog, or e-mail fafrockland@gmail.com, or nonutsformypeanut@gmail.com

We look forward to meeting you!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Coming soon!

We are under construction at the moment but hope to be up and running soon! Please check back and see what news we have to share.