Our son was diagnosed with severe food allergies at 9 months old. Our lives changed completely. Suddenly even the simplest trips to restaurants, parks, grocery stores became very hazardous for our son.
We did a lot traveling in our 15 years of marriage before we had our son, and couldn’t wait to share our love of traveling with him. During our first trip to Hawaii we found out how inconvenient and unsafe it was to travel when you have life threatening dietary restrictions. It was during that trip to Hawaii, standing on Waikiki Beach that I decided that life was too short to be inconvenienced by food allergies. And so, our adventure, which today is Flo’s Friendly Foods began.
Flo’s Friendly Foods provides food solutions for people with dietary restrictions and the business that serve them. We have created an inclusive menu and product line that features dishes for vegans, food allergies, celiacs and those that eat kosher but most importantly for those who want great tasting food.
At Flo’s Friendly Foods, we offer food we are all familiar with like hamburgers, hot dogs, casseroles, pot pies, cup cakes and cookies, reinvent them so that they are more nutritious allergen free versions of themselves. We make each meal one by one so that it can be customized to suit any diet. Our food is perfect for anyone who wants to eat healthy great tasting food. Vegans, Celiacs, diabetes, food allergies ….. our custom made meals are perfect for you
Our food is made in a dedicated allergen (8 common) free facility.
We make our food in small batches to ensure freshness and quality.
Our recipes are thoughtfully created to make sure each meal is as nutritiously dense as possible.
Our facility is third party certified gluten free and organic. We self test every batch to ensure that our food is safe and free from allergens.
I also found out that I have food allergies. In retrospect I think my childhood, education and health would have been significantly better had I known I had food allergies.
Even if I had known I had food allergies I don’t think our family would have been able to afford the food we buy for our son today. I feel blessed to have the doctors, education and access to the right food for me and our son.
It inspired me to create “Flo Gives Back” a non profit 5013c corporation, that provides testing, education, and allergen free food for those in need. We work in conjunction with other non profits such as “Lift” and “Blessings in a Backpack”.
The corner stone of our sustainability model features a commitment to buying our ingredients from local (within 200 miles) small scale farmers and meat purveyors who practice sustainable agriculture methods and who do not grow genetically modified varieties of crops or animals.
We are fortunate to be based Northern California where there is an abundant supply of local organic meat and produce that helps shape our menu and product choices. To successfully make tasty free from allergen foods we use alternative ingredients such as coconut milk, xanthan gum, or palm oil which are not produced locally and account for about 5% of our ingredients.
For ingredients that cannot yet be sourced locally, we offset our carbon footprint by buying carbon credits from carbonfund.org. All of our products are packaged and served in compostable paper or compostable plastics that meet the ASTM 6400 standard for compostability.
At Flo’s Friendly Foods we are not only friendly to those with dietary restriction but also to our environment.
To make food solutions safer and more convenient for those with the dietary restrictions and the businesses that serve them
To educate everyone we meet on the impact of food in our daily lives and the lives of those we love.