Our hearts go out to all of the victims of the May 20, 2013 tornado, which has devastated the city of Moore, Oklahoma. In the aftermath of this disaster, families managing food allergies are in need of your help. Many in the food allergy community have mobilized to help send food donations for those with food allergies and special dietary needs.
FARE has spoken with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, which has a need for allergy-friendly, shelf-stable food that can be eaten with little preparation. If you are interested in donating food, please send your donation to the food bank at the address below, and label your package “Moore Tornado disaster food allergy food” or “Moore Tornado disaster gluten-free food” on the outside:
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
3355 S. Purdue
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
The greatest need is for the following items:
- Peanut butter replacements
- Shelf stable products, such as allergy-friendly snacks or dried or canned fruits
- Canned or boxed soup that is free of major allergens
- Canned meats, such as canned tuna that does not contain soy
- Boxed milk replacements, such as rice milk or coconut milk
FARE is also working with epinephrine manufacturers to see what resources may be available to help families replace epinephrine auto-injectors that were lost due to the tornado.
You can support broader disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma by donating to the Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts online; or by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
We will continue to post updates here.
For Those in the Affected Area
If you or your family has been affected by the disaster and are in need of assistance, please visit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (address above) or visit the Red Cross shelter finder page to find a shelter near you.
If you are in need of additional assistance, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For families in need of replacement epinephrine, Mylan’s $0 co-pay coupon is available here: https://activatemysavings.com/epipen/
Many people in the community are working to provide support for the victims. Additional contacts and opportunities to provide assistance are listed on Heidi Bayer’s Brooklyn Allergy Mom’s Blog.