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FARE College Food Allergy Program

In January 2014, FARE launched an ambitious new program aimed at providing students with food allergies a safer college experience by helping colleges and universities develop uniform policies to effectively manage food allergy.

The FARE College Food Allergy Program will address all aspects of college life with food allergies including dining services, resident life and social well-being, health services, disability accommodations and emergency services. FARE has partnered with several leading experts for the program, including the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, the National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS), food allergy experts, college and university representatives, and industry representatives.

In 2014, the FARE College Food Allergy Program will focus on convening experts and stakeholders to create comprehensive guidelines and develop resources such as trainings for dining services and resident advisors, educational materials for existing and prospective students and their families, and guides for creating campus social groups. FARE will also be securing university partners to implement the recommendations as part of a pilot phase.

The Program's first College Summit, which focused on dining services, was held Jan. 16-17 at Virginia Tech. The summit, which was held in conjunction with Premier REACH, welcomed representatives from 30 colleges and universities, in addition to the Program’s partners and experts.

The second College Summit is being held April 11-13 at the University of Arizona and will focus on going beyond the dining hall – addressing the needs of students with food allergies with respect to housing and resident life, disability and health services, and social life.

If you are a college or university representative and are interested in learning more about how to participate in the FARE College Food Allergy Program, please contact Kristi Grim at kgrim@foodallergy.org.

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