The Food Allergy Center at MassGeneral for Children is excited to be continuing the Food Allergy Buddies Program during the 2021-2022 year! This mentorship program fosters a supportive community by grouping high-school-age mentors (Bigs) with elementary-school-age (Littles) and middle-school-age children (Middles) who have food allergies.

Program Goals

The mission of the Food Allergy Buddies Program is to build a positive and supportive community for children, teens and their families, promote self-efficacy, support quality of life, and reinforce self-respect and safety.

Program Details

Throughout 2021-2022, there will be four group-based activities for participants and their families. The program will cover all expenses. Activities will be either virtual or located in and around Boston to ensure that all participants can attend, regardless of transportation method. A private Facebook group will be used to connect all willing participants, including those who may not be able to attend all events.

How to Join

Apply to be a Big Buddy!

Apply to be a Little Buddy!

Big Buddies will need to ask someone to fill in a character reference form, found here.

Questions? Want to learn more about the program? Please email us at

In the News

Article: MassGeneral Hospital for Children launches the Food Allergy Advocacy, Education and Prevention Program to support families beyond their patient visit

Article: Food Allergy Buddies brings families together for allergy-friendly fun