Emily Brown
Food Equality Initiative
Founder and CEO
Kansas City, Missouri
Emily Brown is an expert at turning adversity into opportunity. She is Founder and CEO of Food Equality Initiative, Inc.(FEI), a Kansas City-based nonprofit founded in 2014 to address disparities in access to allergy-friendly foods. Under her leadership, FEI established the nation’s first allergy-friendly and gluten-free food pantry. Since then, FEI has distributed over $100,000 worth of healthy gluten-free and allergy-friendly foods to families diagnosed with food allergies and Celiac disease with financial need.

Not wanting her efforts to simply be a “band-aid” to an increasingly widespread health issue, Emily works to increase education, policy change, and civic engagement to create real systemic change in the fight against access to safe and healthy food. Emily regularly shares her passion and experience as a national speaker under her platform Emily Brown Speaks. Promoting all forms of healthy food accesses including fresh fruits and vegetables, allergy friendly options and breastmilk; the first food.
Active in her community, Emily regularly participates in the Greater KC
Food Policy Coalition, is a founding board member of Children’s Mercy Hospital’s (CMH) Food Allergy Family Patient Advisory Council (FAFPAC),CMH Family Advisory Board(FAB), CMH Hunger-Free Hospital Taskforce, and Secretary of the Eugene Ware Elementary PTA.

Emily resides in Kansas City, KS with her family where she enjoys gardening, cooking with love and a good book.
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