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Advocacy

FARE 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.

For questions about FARE's advocacy efforts or how you can get involved, contact Jennifer Jobrack, Senior National Director of Advocacy at jjobrack@foodallergy.org.

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 2014-2015 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.

Laws & Regulations

FARE was involved in the passage of landmark legislation, including the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act of 2013, and 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.