Giving Back: FARE Awards More Than $135,000 in Support to 60 Communities Nationwide

By John Lehr, CEO of FARE

As the nation’s leading organization dedicated to food allergy and anaphylaxis, building education and understanding throughout the country is a critical component of FARE’s mission.

Working with local leaders is a vital part of how we advance our shared cause. And that’s why we are so proud to announce that we are awarding more than $135,000 in grant support to 60 communities across the country to advance food allergy education, advocacy and awareness efforts as part of FARE’s 2014 Community Outreach Grants program. This is the largest grant pool every awarded in a single year, and is more than double the amount awarded last year.

With these grants, we are helping local food allergy leaders – support group leaders and FARE Walk for Food Allergy chairs – put on programs that will result in a better understanding of food allergies within their local communities. Food allergy is a growing problem -- and it will take each and every one of us across the country to raise awareness, advocate and educate in order to keep everyone safe and included.

The projects that were selected to receive grants this year underwent a peer-reviewed application process. Grant applications were reviewed by a selection committee and awarded based on community need, scope, anticipated impact, achievability of project objectives, cost efficiency and geographic diversity.

In 30 states across the country, dedicated volunteers will be using grants from FARE to carry out a wide spectrum of innovative projects throughout 2014. Congratulations to the food allergy support group leaders and FARE Walk for Food Allergy chairs who worked so hard to develop programs that will make an impact in their communities. We look forward to hearing about your successes, and to continuing to expand the FARE Community Outreach Grants Program in the coming years.

The projects are listed below by region:


  • Freeze Pops to Say FAREwell to Food Allergies
    FARE Walk Chicago (Chicago Metro Area, IL)
  • Michiana Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Support
    Michiana Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Support (South Bend/Lakeville, IN)
  • Back to School with Food Allergies Education for Schools
    Tri State Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Support Group (Serving Southern IL, IN, and KY)
  • Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Michigan Conference
    Circle of Food Allergic Families (COFAF) Support Group Leader (Metro Detroit, MI)
  • Food Free Easter Egg Hunt
    No Nuts Moms Group of Michigan (Auburn Hills, MI)
  • 504 Plans - 3 Part Series of Presentations
    FACES of Michigan (Macomb County, MI)
  • Booth Outreach Program
    Anaphylaxis & Food Allergy Association of Minnesota (Statewide, MN)
  • Food Allergy Resource Fair
    Food Allergy Support Group of Minnesota (Statewide, MN)
  • Halloween/Fall Event, St. Louis County Health & Human Services Conference, Printed Materials & Website Support
    Northland Food Allergy Support Group (Duluth, MN)
  • Halloween Event, Winter Event, and Educational Materials
    West Metro Food Allergy Connection (Howard Lake, MN)
  • Share the Knowledge Summit
    Food Allergy Focus (Cleveland, OH)
  • Understanding Physical, Social, and Emotional Aspects of Kids Living with Food Allergies - Creating a Plan to Keep Them Safe & Included
    FARE Walk Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Wisconsin Community Growth Initiative
    Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin - SE WI Chapter (Southeast WI)
  • Resource Fair & Presentations
    Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)
  • School Nurse Advocacy Effort
    Fox Valley Food Allergy Support Group (Fox Valley Area, WI)
  • FARE Conference Scholarship
    FARE Walk Detroit (Detroit, MI)


  • Food Allergy Awareness Week Programming, Guest Speaker Series, Resource Printing & Web Development
    Food Allergy Education Network (Statewide, CT)
  • Program on Eosinophilic Esophagitis in the Spectrum of Food Allergy
    FARE Walk Boston (Boston, MA)
  • Food Allergy Expo and Conference
    Food Allergy & Asthma Support Group of North Jersey (Northern NJ)
  • Coping with Transitions: Sessions for Parents & Children with Food Allergies
    FARE Walk Westchester (Westchester County, NY)
  • Support Group Website Build
    FoodAllergyNY (Tarrytown, NY)
  • Educational Outreach for Schools, Families, & Children with Food Allergies
    Capital District Food Allergy Support Group (Albany, NY)
  • Community Awareness Initiative for Food Allergies and Educational Info Distribution
    FARE Walk Buffalo/Western NY (Buffalo, NY)
  • Port Washington Nurse Education Scholarship
    Food Allergy Support and Education (Nassau County, NY)
  • FACTS Forum on Food Allergy in Schools: Keeping Our Children Safe
    Food Allergies: Coping, Teaching, Supporting (FACTS) (Rochester NY)
  • Community Stewardship Materials
    Greater Buffalo Food Allergy Alliance (Buffalo, NY)
  • Materials for Local Baseball Game Peanut-free Section and School Health Fair
    Food Allergy Families of Rockland (Rockland County, NY)
  • Feel Good Forum and Support Group Operations
    FEAST of the Main Line (Philadelphia, PA)
  • PHACT Awareness and Operations
    Parents Having Allergic Children Team (PHACT) (Chester County, PA)
  • Support Group Operations
    Food Allergy Support Group of Tidewater (FASGOT) (Hampton Roads/Tidewater, VA)
  • Education Materials for Loudoun County School District and Support Group Operations
    Loudoun Allergy Network (Loudoun County, VA)
  • School Presentation Packs for Food Allergy Awareness
    Food Allergy Support Group of Northern VA (Fairfax, VA)
  • Food Allergy Awareness Week Campaign and Support Group Activities/Materials
    FARE Walk Wheeling/Ohio Valley Kids with Food Allergies (Wheeling/Moundsville, WV)


  • Southeastern VA and Northeast NC Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Community Enrichment
    FARE Walk Virginia Beach/Food Allergy Association of Virginia Beach (Southern VA/Northern NC)


  • Educational Symposium/Walk Kickoff and Support Group Development
    FARE Walk Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)
  • St. Johns/Jacksonville Nurse Training, Support Group Maintenance, and Lending Library Materials
    FARE Walk Jacksonville/Food Allergy Families of St. Johns (Jacksonville/St. Johns, FL)
  • Educational Symposium/Walk Kickoff/Ask the Expert Panel
    FARE Walk Tampa (Tampa, FL)
  • Educational Symposium/Walk Kickoff/Ask the Expert Panel
    FARE Walk Orlando (Orlando, FL)
  • Food Friendly Halloween Party
    No Nuts Moms Group Palm Beach County (Palm Beach County, FL)
  • Atlanta Food Allergy Outreach/Atlanta Walk
    FARE Walk Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
  • Food Allergy Treatment Roundtable and Chefs Make Vacations Easy
    FARE Walk Raleigh/NC FACES (Raleigh, NC)
  • EMT/First Responder Anaphylaxis Training
    PAK Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
  • Practice of Presence Workshop and Support Group Operations
    Food Allergy Families of the Triad (Triad, NC)
  • Education and Outreach to Promote FARE Walk
    FARE Walk Simpsonville/SAFE of Greenville (Greenville, SC)
  • Walk Symposium and Support Group Revitalization
    FARE Walk Nashville (Nashville, TN)
  • Walk Seminar, Support Group Maintenance, and Support Group Lending Library
    FARE Walk Memphis (Memphis, TN)
  • Project Teal
    Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) (Knoxville, TN)


  • Food Allergy Community Awareness and Education
    SAFE Boulder County (Boulder County, CO)
  • Educate Schools in Central Oklahoma
    Food Allergy Awareness Coalition (Central OK)
  • 2014 Austin Families with Food Allergies Retreat, ER and Urgent Care Education
    Austin Families with Food Allergies (Austin, TX)
  • Kyle Dine Concert and Awareness Materials
    San Antonio Food Allergy Support Team (San Antonio, TX)
  • Kyle Dine Concert and Awareness Materials
    FARE Walk Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)


  • Kyle Dine Awareness Concerts, School/School Nurse Education, Educational Materials, and Support Group Operations
    San Francisco Bay Area Food Allergy Network (Bay Area, CA)
  • Support Group Development, Awareness Activities, Food Allergy Free Easter Hunt
    No Nuts Moms Group LA (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Website Maintenance
    Billings Kids with Food Allergies (Statewide, MT)
  • Clark County School District CDC Guideline Implementation
    FARE Walk Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Educate Northern Nevada School Nurses and Principals
    AAPE Nevada (Northern NV)
  • Local Adoption of Statewide Food Allergy Management Guidelines in Oregon K-12 Schools
    Oregon Food Allergy Network (OFAN) (Statewide, OR)
  • Utah Food Allergy Easter Egg Hunt, Conference, Support Group Education, Kids Summer Camp, Trunk-or-Treat, Kyle Dine Concert
    FARE Walk Utah/Utah Food Allergy Network (UFAN) (Statewide, UT)
  • Regional Food Allergy Conference, Kyle Dine Concerts, Field Guides to Newly Diagnosed, and Restaurant Education Scholarship for Small Businesses
    Washington FEAST (Seattle, WA)