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 advances our mission to find a cure for food allergies, and to keep individuals with food allergies safe and included.
When you support FARE, you’re investing in programs and resources that change – and save – lives. In 2013, 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 2013
Education – FARE’s educational programs and resources help individuals and families managing food allergies live safer, healthier lives.
- In August 2013, we launched a new educational webinar series with the goal of providing lasting resources families can access 24/7.
- We also launched a new online allergen awareness training program for restaurant workers in partnership with the National Restaurant Association, whose ServSafe food safety program is the most widely used restaurant training program in the country.
- In the fall, FARE worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to release national voluntary school food allergy guidelines, the first document of its kind.
- FARE also created 50,000 new patient packets that are being distributed through allergists across the country.
- Finally, we continued to host annual conferences and a Teen Summit, work with support group leaders across the country, update our comprehensive website with the latest information and resources about food allergies, and provide daily services to individuals who call and write to our staff members about issues or questions they have regarding food allergies.
Advocacy –FARE is the leading voice to improve the environment for individuals with food allergies, advocating for key federal, state, and local initiatives.
- In a historic achievement for the food allergy community, President Barack Obama signed the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act (H.R. 2094) on November 13, 2013. FARE championed the passage of this important legislation that will help protect students with food allergies.
- FARE continues to be engaged in helping advance stock epinephrine legislation at the state level as well. We are utilizing our new FARE Advocacy Action Center, a web-based platform, to organize the food allergy community’s collective voice and influence the public policies that affect those with food allergies.
- We also have begun to lay the foundation for our 2014 advocacy efforts focusing on restaurant legislation and ensuring emergency medical personnel have epinephrine stocked on their emergency vehicles and are able to use it.
Awareness – Through our programs and outreach to media nationwide, FARE heightens awareness of food allergy as a significant and growing public health issue that demands urgent attention.
- FARE introduced more than 20 new sites to our FARE Walk for Food Allergy program in 2013. There are now 65 of these family-friendly events across the country bringing communities together to support the food allergy cause through fundraising and awareness.
- This fall, FARE partnered with the Discovery Channel to shine a national spotlight on food allergies and anaphylaxis by producing a one-hour documentary on food allergies, narrated by Steve Carell.
- During Food Allergy Awareness Week in May, we launched our “It’s Not a Joke” PSA campaign, which is designed to increase awareness about food allergy bullying among parents and teens without food allergies.
Research – FARE funds clinical trials of the most promising therapies, as well as research that answers crucial questions about the causes, prevalence, and economic and social impact of food allergies.
- In April, FARE convened its second Research Retreat,bringing together more than 50 researchers, senior government officials, industry representatives and food allergy advocates from around the world to develop a comprehensive strategic plan aimed at accelerating the development of new therapies and taking the field of food allergy to the next level.
- Based on the discussions at this event, FARE published “A Vision and Plan for Food Allergy Research,” which laid out an ambitious strategic plan for research.Guided by this plan, we will expand the number of centers conducting food allergy research, increase the number of studies of promising new treatments, facilitate the collaboration between centers that is so critical to expediting studies, and attract talented researchers to the field.
Your donations make it possible for us to continue providing these important resources, and we are excited to continue to build on this list of accomplishments in 2014.
No one should live in fear that a bite of the wrong food could trigger a life-threatening reaction. Please join our efforts to make the world safer for people with food allergies.