About Us


We know how hard it is to live with food allergies 24-7. Often, parents and their children feel overwhelmed and alone. That’s why we started MOCHA here in Illinois: to create a local community of families who could share challenges and triumphs, so that both parents and their food allergic children could experience fellowship and camaraderie whenever they chose to connect.

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Food Allergy Support & Education (FASE) Program

The FASE program at Lurie Children’s Hospital hosts monthly Essentials of Food Allergy Workshops as well as topic-based workshops on issues such as back-to-school, traveling, parental anxiety, holiday preparation, current food allergy research and more. They also host Kids’ Food Allergy Hangouts for patients and friends of Lurie Children’s that give children with food allergies opportunities to be with other children who share their experiences. The FASE program is led by Sarah Boudreau-Romano, MD, allergist, and food allergy mom. To sign up for the workshops or the hangouts, please register here.

We recommend using the Spokin App for food allergy approved foods, travel destinations, and more!

One of our founders, Denise Bunning, co-authored a food allergy book, along with Ruchi S. Gupta, MD - The Food Allergy Experience. Get your own copy on Amazon today!

Sometimes a hug from another allergy mom is really what I needed. What a relief to have a trusted resource on the web for all the information we need. Sharing with those that are ‘walking in the same moccasins’ gives me the courage I need. I cry every time I watch that FAP video. It’s powerful! Will we ever be able to not worry? Those power emails are saving me. I just can’t keep up with all the current info. I don’t know what I would have done without MOCHA. You really are the source for food allergy Cliff notes! I feel relieved to be able to laugh and cry with others like me. How did you do this without a support group years ago? Does this get easier? I have to admit, I’m really glad Anne and Denise went through this with their kids before me. How do I make a cake with no milk and eggs? Do any fast food places have anything safe? I enjoy the “Cheat and Eats” because we have no allergenic foods in my house. Thanks for training me with the Auvi-Q and Epi-pen. I feel more confident knowing I at least know what to do with the “real thing. So I’m really NOT crazy? I was so excited to find a resource for moms like me and my food allergic child. Where do I find… How can we travel? How will we ever send our food allergic child to college? DATING?!!? I need more info on OIT… Can you connect me with a doctor that… I enjoy the comradery at the Conferences, Walks and Luncheons.