Recently I’ve launched a social networking site, www.friendlyfoodfinder.com, that provides a place for those with food allergies or sensitivities to share food finds and where they purchased the foods. My younger daughter has severe food allergies and as she was growing up we repeatedly faced two challenges – identifying food substitutes and finding where they were sold locally. I wanted to provide a way to help others more easily address these challenges and so this website was born.
The site currently includes many products that I’ve found over the years suitable for my daughter with milk and peanut allergies. For example, Soyatoo soy-based whipped cream can be bought at Caraluzzi’s in Newtown. Mountain House Beef Stew is also milk free, can be purchased at Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Danbury Fair Mall and is a great portable meal to take on school trip. As more people join, the number of products and purchase locations will grow. The site also includes forum conversations that members can initiate, and resources and articles of interest to the community.
If you have years of experience managing allergies, please help others by adding your food finds to the site. If you have just learned that you or a loved one has allergies and now must carefully monitor foods, join and learn from those of us who have come to “know the ropes.” And as you learn, help others by adding what you’ve learned. Together, we can break the boundaries of food allergies and sensitivities.