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 2014, 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 2014
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 January 2014, we launched the FARE College Food Allergy Program, which aims to provide students with food allergies a safer and more rewarding college experience.
- At the first FARE National Food Allergy Conference, held in Chicago in June, 450 attendees joined the country’s leading food allergy experts for FARE’s largest food allergy education event in history and a weekend of world-class programming.
- Our Halloween food allergy awareness campaign, The Teal Pumpkin Project™, was a runaway hit, reaching more than 5.5 million people on Facebook and generating stories on major news media nationwide, including CNN.com, ABCNews.com, Today.com and Reuters.
- Global parenting expert Jo Frost served as the first National Ambassador for the FARE Walk for Food Allergy, which took place in more than 60 communities nationwide. These family-friendly events bring communities together to support the food allergy cause through fundraising and awareness.
- In 2014, FARE expanded Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 11-17) by declaring the entire month of May as Food Allergy Action Month. Highlights included a day-by-day action calendar, new materials and infographics, and our first ever #TealTakeover – a coordinated community engagement and social media program encouraging individuals, organizations, and communities to “go teal” for food allergy awareness.
- In April, we launched the SafeFARE program, an online resource center and public awareness campaign aimed at making dining out safer and more enjoyable for diners with food allergies. The SafeFARE TV and radio public service announcements, which feature celebrity chefs Mike Isabella and Bryan Voltaggio, are airing on stations in top markets nationwide.
- Our FARE Advocates Network continues to give us a powerful voice at the federal, state and local level. By the end of 2014, 46 states had laws or guidelines allowing schools to stock epinephrine, the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis.
- 12 new webinars were added to our free monthly webinar series, which enables families to access information on a wide range of topics 24/7.
HEALTH – FARE works to enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment.
- In September, we gathered emergency medicine experts in Chicago for our Emergency Management of Anaphylaxis Summit, which will lead to improvements in the quality of emergency care for food allergy and anaphylaxis. The summit was informed by a community survey in which more than 2,800 individuals managing food allergy or parents of children managing food allergy shared their experiences with emergency services.
- To provide patients and their families with critical information to bridge them from initial diagnosis to living well with food allergies, FARE developed Your Food Allergy Field Guide. Within the last year, FARE has distributed more than 125,000 free guides to allergy practices nationwide to share with patients.
- FARE issued nearly 150 Allergy Alerts and five Ingredient Notices in 2014, which provide information about mislabeled or recalled food, and notifications of ingredient changes from responsible food companies. For food allergy families, this is critical information to receive in order to prevent inadvertent reactions.
HOPE – FARE encourages and funds research in both industry and academia that promises new treatments to improve the allergic condition.
- In October 2014, we launched the FARE Investigator in Food Allergy Awards. This program will attract talented new and mid-career investigators, who will help us build a deep scientific understanding of food allergies and a robust pipeline of new therapies.
- FARE is investing in innovative research to advance understanding of food allergy and explore potential treatments. We are currently funding clinical trials of oral immunotherapy for single and multiple food allergens; sublingual immunotherapy; and Chinese herbal medicine. We are also funding preclinical research into a promising approach that may rapidly and safely suppress food allergies; and a consortium that is exploring the genetics, gene-environmental interactions, and epigenetic causes of food allergy.
- We are working to improve the way scientists share information and build on current understanding by creating a patient registry and biorepositories, crucial tools for advancing research.
- These programs are key components of FARE’s ambitious strategic plan for research, developed in consultation with leading scientists. In April 2015, these prominent researchers, along with government and industry representatives and food allergy advocates, will gather for our third Research Retreat, where we will evaluate our progress and focus on ways to encourage the pharmaceutical industry to develop and test new treatments – including drugs that have proved effective for other allergic diseases.
Your donations help ensure that these programs – and many others – will continue to make a difference in thousands of lives in 2015. Thank you for your support!