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...

FARE-Supported Study Examines Wheat Oral Immunotherapy in Children and Young Adults

Wheat is a difficult food allergy to manage. While most children with wheat allergy outgrow it by age 12, one in three do not. Many individuals with wheat allergy have severe reaction symptoms. And this rich source of vegetable protein is everywhere – not just as a staple in baked goods and pastas, but also as a binding ingredient in sauces, soups, ice creams, processed meats, imitation seafood and more. Wheat can even pop up in non-food products, from play doughs and classroom crafts to cosmetics and medications.

With wheat so widely used and so hard to avoid, wheat allergy patients and...

Eight Percent of U.S. Children Have Food Allergy, Pediatrics Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics estimates that about 5.6 million U.S. children – nearly 8 percent – have food allergies, and more than one-third of these children are allergic to multiple foods. The study’s findings highlighted the seriousness of this disease, finding 20 percent of children with food allergy had required emergency room care during the past year for a life-threatening reaction to food, and 42 percent reporting that their food allergy had caused at least one previous emergency department visit. However, at the time of the survey, only 40 percent of the children with food...

Add Your Epinephrine Auto-Injector to Your SAT Test Day Checklist

If you’re a teenager with a food allergy, you probably hear a litany of advice all the time.

“Don’t forget to check the label before you eat.”

“Make sure you tell the restaurant about your food allergy.”

“You have to wear your medical alert bracelet.”

And perhaps most of all, “Don’t forget your epinephrine auto-injectors.”

Living in a state of vigilance is part of the food allergy experience, and that means taking your epinephrine auto-injectors (EAIs) everywhere, even if you don’t expect to eat. You’ve been preparing...

Webinar Rewind: Preschool and Early Childhood Food Allergy Training

If you didn’t have a chance to participate in FARE’s Sept. 24 webinar, Preschool and Early Childhood Food Allergy Training, you can now listen to the recorded webinar and view the slides on the foodallergy.org website. Presented by Gina Clowes, FARE’s national director of training, the webinar summarizes crucial information that FARE has been sharing with preschools and caregivers this year to help keep the youngest members of our food allergy community safe and included.

Young children are at the highest risk for having a food allergy...

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