Your Donations at Work
FARE is the leading national organization working on behalf of the 15 million Americans who have food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. We work hard to ensure that every dollar raised brings us closer to improving the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and providing them hope through the promise of new treatments.
Your support makes great things happen!
When you donate to FARE, you’re investing in programs and resources that change – and save – lives. In 2015, your donations helped us make great progress in each area of our mission. Keep reading to learn more about the impact your donations make every day!
Your Donations at Work in 2015
LIFE – FARE’s education, advocacy and awareness initiatives support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others. In 2015, FARE:
- Championed the introduction of the Airline Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act (S. 1972). If passed, this bipartisan bill would direct the U.S. Government Accountability Office to generate a national report examining airline policies for accommodating passengers with food allergies, providing important data that can help shape airline policies going forward. The bill also would require airlines to carry epinephrine auto-injectors and institute training for crewmembers; and would require air carriers to modify certain policies with respect to the use of epinephrine for in-flight emergencies.
- Launched the FARE College Food Allergy Program pilot phase in 12 schools. FARE is providing guidelines, support and free training to 12 pilot schools in order to provide students with food allergies a safer college experience.
- Supported 50 local education and awareness initiatives in 25 states through our Community Outreach Award Program. FARE’s Community Outreach Awards Program provides funding and in-kind support to local food allergy leaders to put on programs – such as conferences, school presentations and other events – to improve understanding of food allergies within their local communities.
- Reached millions of people worldwide through FARE’s Halloween initiative, the Teal Pumpkin Project™. Encouraging households to make non-food treats available to trick-or-treaters, this year’s campaign reached more than 6 million people on social media, boasted participation in all 50 states and 14 countries, and generating media coverage in more than 1,000 outlets, including TODAY Parents, Huffington Post, CBS News, Mashable and Parents.com.
- Brought together communities in more than 50 cities for the FARE Walk for Food Allergy, with more than 25,000 individuals coming together to increase awareness of food allergies and raise nearly $3 million to support FARE’s mission.
- Hosted our second FARE National Food Allergy Conference and our 10th Annual FARE Teen Summit, each of which was attended by hundreds of families who gained insights and tools to live well with food allergies. At Teen Summit, attendees came together to set a new Guinness World Records™ title achievement for the “Largest Allergy Awareness Lesson.” By setting this record, FARE raised awareness of the importance of being educated about food allergies and anaphylaxis.
- Served as the most trusted source of food allergy information, providing critical resources to nearly 2.5 million people who visited our website this year, and producing free monthly educational webinars that can be accessed 24/7. FARE also continues to provide daily services to individuals who call and write to our staff members about issues or questions they have regarding food allergies.
- Encouraged Americans to take action and make an impact during Food Allergy Action Month. This year, Niagara Falls was lit teal on May 11 and President Barack Obama shared a Presidential Message with everyone affected by food allergy—those living with the condition and their families, friends, and communities.
- Launched the FARE Statewide Action Team in California. This new program engages volunteers in FARE’s public affairs work nationwide to advocate on legislative and regulatory matters and serve as liaisons to public officials at the federal, state, county and municipal level.
HEALTH – FARE works to enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment. In 2015, FARE:
- Initiated, organized and led sponsorship of a new consensus study with the Institute of Medicine.FARE initiated this project with the Institute of Medicine and is the lead sponsor of this important study, which will examine critical issues and explore unanswered questions surrounding food allergy. When completed, this study will serve as a comprehensive report on the state of food allergy in the U.S., will help raise awareness, and will provide essential information toward shaping public policy and guiding future education, advocacy and research efforts.
- Expanded the reach of Your Food Allergy Field Guide, FARE’s free toolkit that provides patients and their families with critical information to bridge them from initial diagnosis to living well with food allergies. Since this program began in November 2013, FARE has distributed more than 115,000 of these critical education resources.
HOPE – FARE encourages and funds research in both industry and academia that promises new treatments to improve the allergic condition. In 2015, FARE:
- Created the FARE Clinical Network, a revolutionary food allergy research collaborative. With 24 centers of excellence nationwide, the FARE Clinical Network is a bold new initiative that aims to improve the quality of care for patients with food allergies and accelerate the development of life-changing treatments. The FARE Clinical Network brings together leading research and clinical care facilities with a common goal of ensuring that patients with food allergies have access to state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatments and research.
- Announced the recipients of the first FARE Investigator in Food Allergy Awards. This multimillion dollar, multiyear research grant program is aimed at advancing the field of food allergy research by attracting gifted early and mid-career investigators to the field of food allergy.
- Saw study results released for FARE-funded research. Findings were released for the groundbreaking LEAP study, as well as important studies on emergency department visits and the role of genetics in peanut allergy.
- Convened its third Research Retreat, bringing together 80 researchers, senior government officials, industry representatives and food allergy advocates from around the world.
Your donations help ensure that these programs – and many others – will continue to make a difference in thousands of lives in 2016. Thank you for your support!