In 2014, Food-Free Fun for Everyone co-founder Elizabeth Moreno took her son to the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) Teen Summit in Washington, D.C. As part of the summit, there were a couple of socials for the participants that were completely food-free. It was the first time her son had ever been to an event where he wasn’t the odd one out because of his food allergies. He didn’t have to bring his own food, worry about reactions or be left out when treats were served. For a few hours, he got to forget about his food allergies and just be a kid. And, equally important, he got to see that he’s not alone and meet other kids like him who “get it.”
When they returned from the summit, Elizabeth got together with fellow food allergy advocates Louise Tippens of Camp Blue Spruce, Joanne Smith of Vancouver Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (VAAN) and Tracy Lehto of Generation GF (Gluten-Free) Portland. In the spring of 2016, they started Food-Free Fun for Everyone (FFF.) We host social gatherings that are 100% food-free, with an emphasis on events from which children with food restrictions might normally be excluded. FFF also provides educational and networking opportunities for parents and caregivers of children with dietary restrictions. We hope to become the food allergy and restriction community’s go-to place for face-to-face connections and support in the NW Oregon/SW Washington region.
As of 2017, Food-Free Fun for Everyone is proud to be a program of Camp Blue Spruce.