Welcome to the Peanut Free Zone!
Hi, my name is Stacey – I have an M.A. in Education and over 8 years experience working in the Special Education field. My experience not only includes educating others, but being an advocate for those who have any type of special need. I currently write the blog posts on this site and have a book called “Allergies at School“.
I’ve also been working as the Publications Manager for the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT). This position allows me to create even more materials that will be used to help educate on food allergies.
How it started
It was over 14 years ago that my sister and I experienced my nephew having a severe reaction to peanut butter. At that time, we had no knowledge of food allergies and it was extremely scary. It was something we knew we never wanted to see happen again, and we wanted to help other children avoid the same experience.
My sister (Denise) has 3 sons, and 2 of them have life-threatening peanut/nut allergies. She has a B.A. in Graphic Design and started designing items to help keep them safe at school. In 2010, I put together her talent to design and my passion to educate, and started the Peanut Free Zone.
A few years later I started researching different diets and looked into how they can help decrease inflammation and pain. I have experience following a very strict diet (avoiding the Top 8 Allergens and sugar) and understand what it’s like to make meals that are free of major allergens and have to “pass” on things I desperately want to eat. This made me start the Allergy Free Zone.
The sites are combined into one – PeanutFreeZone.com. I know it can feel overwhelming looking for allergy-friendly meal ideas, and also to find ways to help keep children safe. So at PeanutFreeZone.com, I share helpful TIPs (tools, ideas, and products) for managing food allergies.
Who I support
I’m also a proud supporter of Break The Grey. They’re reaching our youth in their schools – encouraging them to make better life choices and bringing hope to those who are hurting. Be sure to check them out!