Utah Food Allergy Network (UFAN)

Huge Thanks & Board Changes!

Recent changes have occurred concerning the Utah Food Allergy Network’s Executive Board!  We want to take a moment to thank Julie Alverson and Melissa Sauter as they have finished their terms as President and Executive Director, respectively.

JulieJulie has been the heart of UFAN as she has served for over eleven years in various roles. Her dedication and passion for helping those navigate life with food allergies has not gone unnoticed.  It would be of no surprise to see Julie with her arm around an individual, giving support to someone recently hospitalized, sharing recipes, helping behind the scene at events, or comforting and educating the newly diagnosed.

MelissaMelissa has been a strength of knowledge, giving of her time and support to make connections and changes for the better in and outside of our food allergy community.  She has been readily available to talk or help those struggling with eosinophilic disorders, navigating 504 law, restricted diets, a new diagnosis, and those looking to make the most of life. Melissa has been a great resource & support to our food allergy community.

Together, Julie and Melissa made huge strides in bringing support, awareness, and education to our local families, physicians and dietitians, advocacy groups, schools, PTA/PTO and countless others.  Both of these women gave of their time and talents to better the food allergy community. We thank them for their service.

Julie will continue to volunteer with the Utah Food Allergy Network as the Acting Director for the Division of Eosinophilic Support (DOES) and Melissa has accepted an appointment to the UFAN Advisory Board.

TammyWe are so glad to welcome Tammy Zundel as the new UFAN President!  She is no stranger to UFAN. Soon after Tammy’s daughter was diagnosed with an Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorder in 2007, she organized Utah’s only support, education, and advocacy group specifically for eosinophilic patients and their families. She has served many years as the Director of the Division of Eosinophilic Support for Utah Food Allergy Network (UFAN-DOES).

Tammy has a passion for supporting, educating and advocating for those diagnosed with an eosinophilic disorder, severe allergies, on a restricted diet, or needing feeding tube support. Tammy recently accepted the role of APFED’s Medical Food Advocacy Coordinator. Tammy graduated with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Utah and loves working with youth and families living with chronic illness. She currently lives in Orem with her husband and four children.

We look forward to what the future holds!

Get Ready for the Holidays!

Are you ready for the Holidays? Join us on Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 p.m. for a support meeting for parents and adults dealing with EGIDs and food allergies. Bring your favorite recipes to exchange, learn mindfulness techniques, and door prizes to help with the Holiday craziness!


Family Gathering

UFAN’s Division of Eosinophilic Support Family Gathering

Please join us on Saturday September 22 at 4 P.M. for our family gathering for people with Eosinophilic diseases and/or multiple food allergies.

Location: Draper City Park

South Pavilion

Please RSVP free at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ufans-division-of-eosinophilic-support-family-gathering-tickets-49368404226

Non-Food Trunk or Treat

Please join us for our 2018 non-food trunk or treat.

Summer Blast Teen Activity!

Calling all TEENS ages 10-19 to join us June 23, 2018 at Orchard Park in Saratoga Springs!


Food-Free Easter Egg Hunt

2018 Food-Free Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Check-in & Activities start @ 9:30 am
Egg Hunt begins at 10am
Southwood Park (6150 S. 725 East, Murray)

Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 15.
Click here to register
Pre-registration in required.

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Winter Events: Teen Tubing & Nutrition Therapy Seminar!

Teen Winter Activity

Saturday, January 27, 2018
3:30 – 6:00 p.m.

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Nutrition Therapy Seminar

Friday, February 2, 2018

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UFAN Star Wars Premiere Event to Benefit Eosinophilic Research

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Food Allergy Awareness Week! May 14-20, 2017

Check out these daily activities for you to EDUCATE and ADVOCATE during Food Allergy Awareness Week. Share your experiences on social media. Raise awareness and help spread the word about severity and incidence of food allergies today!

Monday, May 15
Outreach – Share your story via social media. Help others know how living with food allergies impacts your life!

Tuesday, May 16
Educate – Host a training for friends, neighbors, co-workers, school and church groups. Let them practice with your epi trainer.

Wednesday, May 17
Show off – Show your colors! Wear teal today to support Food Allergy Awareness. Share photos using #TealTakeover.

Thursday, May 18
Support – Donate $20 to UFAN (click on the “Donate” tab) or get involved by signing up to be a volunteer.

Friday, May 19
Gratitude – Thank an allergy-friendly restaurant by eating out and posting about it on their website or on social media.