FARE College Food Allergy Program
FARE launched the College Food Allergy Program (CFAP) in January 2014 with the goal of developing a comprehensive program to improve the safety and quality of life for college students with food allergies.
FARE is partnering with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, the National Association of College & University Food Services, food allergy experts, and stakeholders from colleges and universities to help guide the program. The research phase of the program began with two college summits bringing together experts from over 65 schools and organizations to discuss a comprehensive best practice guide that will be essential in helping colleges and universities effectively manage food allergy, a potentially life-threatening disease. Committees consisting of college and university representatives, expert stakeholders, parents, and students are currently continuing work on the program.
The FARE College Food Allergy Program will have five major components:
- Comprehensive best practices guidelines for identifying students with food allergies and accommodating their needs via housing, dining, health, emergency and disability services.
- Training for dining services staff via MenuTrinfo’s AllerTrainU course.
- Free training for resident assistants and other non-dining staff on food allergy 101, how to recognize a reaction, and how to talk to and educate students about food allergies.
- A toolkit for parents and students to help them navigate the college process. The toolkit will provide useful information, such as what questions to ask when considering a college and how to advocate for yourself and manage food allergies on campus.
- Creation of social groups on campuses to help mentor incoming students and to help students advocate for one another both on and off campus.
The pilot stage of the program will begin in the fall of 2014 with approximately five to 10 schools. Each pilot school will receive free AllerTrainU training, and work closely with FARE to tailor and implement the program components on their campus. The goal of the FARE College Food Allergy Program, in addition to the safety and inclusion of college students with food allergies, is to create an online database listing colleges and which pieces of the program they have implemented.
Colleges and universities that are interested in becoming pilot schools or participating in the program may contact FARE’s College Outreach Manager, Kristi Grim, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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