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.
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.
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.