The Conover + Gould team will be donating to eleven nonprofits in the spirit of giving back during the holiday season. During the month of December, each team member will be blogging about his or her chosen nonprofit. For his gift, Erik chose Food Allergy Research & Education. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is dedicated to finding a cure for food allergies and keeping those with allergies safe and included. Growing up, I loved eating peanut butter. I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich pretty much every day and Reese’s were my favorite candy. One day, I started to feel a sore throat after finishing my sandwich.When I noticed that this was happening more and more, my parents took me for an allergy test. Sure enough, I had developed an allergy to peanut butter. While my allergies have yet to strengthen to the point where I am at risk for a severe reaction to peanuts, many are not so lucky. 15 million Americans have food allergies, and many are at risk for serious life-threatening reactions. 1 in 13 children in America are affected. And it’s not just peanuts, since most foods are capable of causing a reaction. However, 90% of food-related allergic reactions come from peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. The danger is complicated by the fact that many food companies manufacture their foods on the same machinery as common food allergens, so people who are at-risk struggle to safely eat foods that we take for granted. For almost two decades, FARE has been the world’s largest private funding source for food allergy research. They help fund research to discover new cures and develop treatments. They also provide families with information such as newsletters, workshops and conferences so they can help people manage living with these allergens. To donate to this cause, please click here.