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EPINEPHRINE IS THE FIRST LINE TREATMENT FOR ANAPHYLAXIS

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Advocacy

FARE advocacy is the leading voice to improve the environment for individuals with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. FARE is active in issues involving school policies, food labeling, restaurant regulations, emergency services and transportation.

FARE works with policymakers at all levels of government on initiatives and laws focused on making the world safer for the food allergy community. And it gives the food allergy community the opportunity to contribute to making that change happen. Advocates are the life-blood of FARE's advocacy program, delivering a message of awareness, access and safety to governmental leaders.

You can become an advocate in your community by speaking out and getting involved.

Get Involved – Become An Advocate

Advocacy is about standing up, being visible and being heard. It is about promoting change and not accepting the status quo. It is about taking a public stand for those food allergy issues that matter to you. Advocacy – in all of its forms -- is one of the most fundamental rights in a democracy and a founding principle of our great nation. You are our most important advocate. Sign up for the FARE Advocates Network to make your voice heard.

Take Action – Make A Difference

Your elected officials want to hear from you! They need to know what is going on in their districts and what you care about. How can they improve access and safety for the food allergic community? What should they be supporting? We can help you deliver that message. Visit the FARE Action Center to contribute and make your voice heard!  

FARE Advocacy Priorities

FARE's advocacy agenda covers some of the most significant and challenging public policy issues facing the food allergy community. For the 2013-2014 period, those include:

Advocacy Tools and Resources

Sometimes it's hard to know where to start. These tools and tips serve as helpful guides to build your advocacy skills and communicate the food allergy message to key decision makers.

FARE Delegates Council Want To Get More Involved?

FARE is seeking volunteers to serve on its Advocacy Delegates Council, made up of leading advocates from around the country who are committed to advancing legislation and public policies that enhance the safety and quality of life of people living with food allergies. The Council will work to advance FARE's public policy priorities in their respective Congressional districts, states, and municipalities. For more information, email advocacy@foodallergy.org

Laws & Regulations

FARE was involved in the passage of landmark legislation, including the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act, which took effect in 2006 and requires food labels containing any of the eight major food allergens to declare the allergen in plain language on the ingredient list. FARE was also heavily involved with the passage of the FAAMA, listed below, which calls for the development of national voluntary school food allergy guidelines and played a role in the 2009 passage of a Massachusetts allergy awareness law for restaurants, as well as laws in Illinois and Virginia that allow schools to stock epinephrine in case of anaphylactic emergencies.