ALEIA Project is participating in the 13th annual Give to the Max giving event taking place this year starting on Monday, Nov. 1 and culminating on Thursday, Nov. 18. Give to the Max is a statewide giving event that raises millions each year for more than 6,000 causes across Minnesota and beyond. Considered Minnesota’s holiday for generosity, donors have given more than $225 million since the inaugural Give to the Max Day in 2009.
Please consider supporting ALEIA Project! Our primary initiatives include: food allergy educational programs, classroom resources for the PreK-12 schools and support groups for individuals of all ages.
ALEIA Project had a great time at the Peace in Christ Trunk or Treat in Hermantown, Minnesota passing out a lot of non-food trinkets! Halloween can be a hard social holiday for those with food allergy.
Here are some tips for staying safe on Halloween:
Read the Label Every Time. Avoid treats that don’t have an ingredient label – even if it’s a familiar treat.
Always carry TWO (2) Epinehphrine Auto-Injectors.
Eat treats AFTER trick-or-treating
Focus on fun, not treats
Sort candy with the kids and look at labels
Consider swapping unsafe candy or treats with safe treats
Start a new tradition with the “Switch Witch” – leave treats for the witch at bedtime and swap them with safe treats or toys
Look for homes in your community that are on the safe treat list at www.tealpumpkinproject.org. Add your home to the list!
Ideas for fun, safe Halloween trinkets:
Fun holiday pencils, erasers, stickers, tatoos, mini notebooks
Mini toys such as skateboards, super hero figures, dolls
Parents, teachers, classroom parents, family and caregivers joined ALEIA Project for Back to School with Food Allergy Tips and conversation on September 15, 2022 at the YMCA in Hermantown, Minnesota. The goal is to bring community together to encourage and create awareness in support of those that have food allergy.
ALEIA Project exhibited at the Festival by the Lake event on July 23 at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, Minnesota. It was humbling to meet so many individuals, families, adults, children, and friends of friends that are living with food allergy. So many stories were shared. It was a great day to connect. Several people completed our local grocery needs survey; while others participated a general community needs survey for those with food allergy. We can’t wait to connect with you at the next community event!
This year, a volunteer based non-profit 501c3 organization located in Duluth, Minnesota called, ALEIA Project, hosted the Northland Walk for Food Allergy. The event is ALEIA Project’s primary fundraising event and we are excited to share that the walk event raised $7,100. Despite the cold, rainy weather the event was a success. The food allergy community came together for the 1.3 mile fun walk and a visit from the Duluth FireFighters and EMT staff.
“ALEIA Project’s mission is to create awareness and educational resources for the LOCAL Northland food allergy community”, states Emily Homan, President and Co-Founder of ALEIA Project. “With the creation of this non-profit, all funds raised locally can stay local. The purpose of this annual walk is to bring people together, create awareness, make connections and gather input for what our community may need to better serve those that manage food allergy.”
ALEIA Project was inspired by the experiences of 3 moms, who live in the Duluth and surrounding community, that currently live a food allergy lifestyle. Combined, the founders of ALEIA Project have 30+ years of food allergy navigation experience and collectively avoid 10+ foods between 5 of their 8 kids. In fact, the name ALEIA was inspired by the 5 kids, using the first initial of each child’s name. It also refers to the mission of the organization: Allergy, Lifestyle, Educate, Inclusion, Awareness.
The funds raised will remain in and directly impact our local community. The primary focus for ALEIA Project in the coming year is to focus on Student Education of Food Allergy and Parent Advocacy in navigating food allergies in school.
Happy New Year! What a great one it will be. ALEIA Project – Northland Food Allergy Awareness is planning to get out into the community, because the more that know who we are, the MORE we can do for the Northland Community.
But first, we need to hear from YOU! Please a couple of minutes to complete the “Make a Difference Survey” and tell us what our Northland Food Allergy Community needs!