New Prevalence Numbers Demand an Aggressive Call to Action

Two recently released large-scale studies of food allergy prevalence have resulted in an update of FARE’s frequently cited statistics that provide estimates on how many people are living with this potentially life-threatening disease.

These new numbers – 32 million Americans, more than double what we previously believed – reinforce that food allergy is a problem of epidemic proportions.


“The Public Health Impact of Parent-Reported Childhood Food Allergies in the United States,” an update of a 2011 landmark study published in...

Three Hearty Snacks for Game Day

No matter who you’re rooting for this Sunday, these protein-rich, top-eight free recipes are the perfect fuel for your allergy-friendly party. Have fun and stay safe as you cheer on your favorite team!


No-Fuss Spicy Chickpeas

  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans, 19 oz.),* drained and rinsed
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • dash of pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set aside. In small bowl, combine all ingredients,...

Study: Gut Bacteria of Healthy Human Infants Protect Mice Against Food Allergy

New research has found that bacteria in the feces of healthy human babies protect mice who are sensitized to cow’s milk against severe reactions to milk protein. In contrast, bacteria in the stools of human infants with cow’s milk allergy do not protect milk-sensitized mice from anaphylactic reaction to milk. Published in the journal Nature Medicine, these findings by scientists at the University of Chicago and the University of Naples Federico II might lay the groundwork for future therapies to prevent or treat food allergy by changing the human gut microbiome, the microorganisms that live in...

Study: More Than One in Ten U.S. Adults Has Food Allergy

A survey of 40,000 U.S. adults finds that 11 percent – or more than 26 million individuals nationwide – have a food allergy, while an additional 8 percent believe they have a food allergy but report symptoms likely to result from food intolerance. Forty-five percent of the adults who report convincing food allergy symptoms are allergic to more than one food, and nearly half developed at least one food allergy during adulthood. Among the survey respondents with food allergy, more than half have experienced a severe reaction and almost four in 10 report at least one lifetime reaction that...

Texas School District Brings Food Allergy Message to 4,200 Students

Community support fuels FARE initiatives to fund research, share information, advocate for better policies and raise food allergy awareness. In turn, FARE supports community efforts by creating tools that help volunteers spread knowledge and awareness effectively. Last fall, this collaborative approach paid big dividends when volunteers near San Antonio, TX, put a free FARE resource to work, empowering more than 4,200 grade schoolers to help save lives.

During Be a PAL Spirit Day,...

Webinar Recording and Recap: Building the Village Food Allergy Families Need

In a Nov. 21, 2018 webinar, Building the Village Food Allergy Families Need, health strategist and innovator Glenna Crooks, PhD, describes how the social networks of your child with food allergy can help your family manage this serious medical condition. Her approach to communicating vital health information to members of your child’s networks is supported with additional online resources that you can access through FARE.

Slides can be viewed here.

Every child with food allergy is a member of many social networks, from...

A Taste of Teen Summit – Strawberry Crepes

Teen attendees at last month’s FARECon featuring Teen Summit competed to create allergy-friendly versions of their favorite dishes. The top two recipes were developed by Joel and Mary Schaefer of Your Allergy Chefs (yourallergychefs.com).

This recipe was inspired by Celia Malba, one of the winners of the Teen Recipe Challenge. Filled with strawberry jam and fresh strawberries, these crepes come together easily to make an impressive and delicious dessert!


Strawberry Crepes

Makes: 12 crepes

Free of: gluten and top 8 allergens



A Taste of Teen Summit - Chicken Paprikash

At last month’s FARECon featuring Teen Summit, chef Joel Schaefer presented a session on how to remove common allergens from popular foods and replace them with simple ingredients. Teen attendees competed to create their own dishes, and the top two recipes were developed by Joel and Mary Schaefer of Your Allergy Chefs (yourallergychefs.com).

Inspired by Scout S-B, here’s the first of our winning recipes, a savory chicken paprikash featuring tender chunks of chicken in an unforgettably rich, flavorful and creamy paprika-infused sauce!



Teen Summit Memories

Guest post by Teen Advisory Group member Josephine Schizer.

As someone who has had anaphylactic food allergies since I was two months old, I know that having food allergies can sometimes place me in the minority, requiring me to be constantly conscious of things no one else is worrying about. How will I carry my auto-injectors? What will I eat? Is this safe for me?

At last year’s Teen Summit, all the things I do because of my allergies that make me stand out in my everyday life were completely normal. If I go to an event or go out with my friends, I’m often the only one with a purse, but I...

“It Can Be Tough, But I Have to Speak Up!”

Guest post by food allergy advocate Amanda Palin.

My name is Amanda Palin. I am a sophomore at Elon University. I love to dance (it’s one of my minors), watch football with friends, hang out with my sorority sisters, and raise my voice for advocacy groups and causes close to my heart. I have life-threatening allergies to peanuts and soy.

I always ask if something has nuts, read labels meticulously, and never eat anything I’m unsure of. I carry my two epinephrine auto-injectors wherever I go, in case of accidental exposure. My sorority...

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