Student Food Donations
If you are an IHHS student and have allergy-friendly food that you want to donate at your home but don’t know how or have the time to get rid of it fill out the form below and someone will come pick the food up from your house and take it to one of SAFE's partner pantries. Once there, it will be put in the designated "SAFE Shelf"; ensuring the people it’s meant for, those with food allergies who are food insecure, will benefit from your donation.
Types of Allergy Food to Donate
Knowing exactly what qualifies as allergy-friendly food and what would just be considered regular food is hard. Differentiating between the two is hard, and there is no one definitive/correct answer. That said, the way SAFE defines allergy-safe food is: food that is free from at least one of the top major 9 allergens. The Top 9 Major Food Allergens (as defined by the FDA, Food and Drug Administration) are “milk, wheat, sesame, tree nuts, soy, fish, shellfish and peanuts.” If you have a product that is clearly labeled as free-from one of those things, or even better, multiple, SAFE would consider it allergy-safe food and encourage you to donate it if you are able to.
If you are interested in foods you can purchase from the grocery store that are allergy-safe, SAFE has put together a list linked below of foods that are not only great allergen-free products to donate but also nutritious––an important factor to keep in mind when donating food.
Join Allergy Club
Anyone is welcome to join Allergy Club: whether you yourself have food allergies, a family member or friend of yours does, or you just want to help those that do. By joining Allergy Club you can help bring SAFE’s goal to fruition: making allergy-friendly food and education accessible to all. You can 1) volunteer to pick up/drive food to food pantries, 2) help facilitate A.C.T. (Allergy Care Talks) and/or 3) help write and edit for SAFE’s monthly-released magazine, E.D.I.T. (Education, Discoveries, Information, and Tips). Allergy Club is a perfect way for you to make a difference in your community, get service hours, and ultimately help benefit the lives of those with food allergies in a variety of ways.