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Roslyn Youth to Collect Allergy-Free Products

Bar Mitzvah Project to Help Neighbors In Need

Roslyn resident Matthew Batnick is involved in a unique project for his Bar Mitzvah.

On Monday, July 18, the FAAN (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network) will be holding its fifth annual golf outing at the Port Jefferson Country Club at Harbor Hills. The charity golf outing speaks directly to Matthew’s own concerns.

And on that date, Matthew will be setting up his Matthew’s Mission boxes to collect allergy-free foods, namely products that are dairy-free. Such boxes are also located in the lobby of Temple Sinai, 425 Roslyn Rd.

Matthew recently explained his project and why he is doing it.

“For my Mitzvah project, I have chosen something that affects me every day,” he said. “When I was 2 months old I was diagnosed with life threatening food allergies to all dairy (milk, milk proteins) and beef products. I feel bad for people who have to deal with these food allergies and who are less fortunate than I am. This is why, for my Mitzvah project, I am collecting allergy-free foods for those in need. There are seven major food allergens that could all produce an anaphylactic response. These include dairy, peanuts, tree nuts (almonds, walnuts), eggs, wheat, shellfish and soy. Sesame is another food allergen.”

Matthew notes that if people cannot participate in the fundraising event, they can always donate non-perishable, non-dairy food products that are free of one of these allergens to his Matthew’s Mission boxes. People can also contribute by simply writing a check to Island Harvest.

Additional information to the Harbor Hills events can be found at www.foodal-lergyevents.org.