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FARECon Sets Records, Raises Bar

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first FARECon featuring Teen Summit, presented by OYWN – Only What You Need. Held Nov. 2-4 near Washington, D.C., this groundbreaking event set records for attendance and was enthusiastically received. FARECon featuring Teen Summit combines FARE’s national conference for adults and parents managing food allergy with our flagship gathering of young people with food allergy, aged 11-22, and their parents. The capacity crowd of 700 was double the size of our largest previous national conference and...

Advocacy Update: American Airlines to Change Policy on Pre-boarding

FARE is pleased to report that American Airlines will be changing its policy to allow pre-boarding for passengers with peanut or tree nut allergies, more than a year after FARE filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

In January 2017, FARE filed a complaint with DOT regarding American Airlines’ policy prohibiting passengers with food allergies from exercising their rights under the Air Carrier Access Act to declare their disability and pre-board the aircraft.

On Nov. 6, American Airlines filed a notice with DOT, reporting that it will be modifying its policies and...

Thank You for Turning Your Halloween Teal!

FARE thanks everyone who made Teal Pumpkin Project 2018 a happy memory for the 5.9 million U.S. kids managing food allergies and to many others with dietary restrictions. FARE’s fifth year of promoting safe, inclusive trick-or-treating touched young lives in all 50 states. For the first time, FARE collaborated with leading food allergy organizations to spread the word that displaying a teal pumpkin and offering a non-food trick-or-treat option helps makes Halloween fun for all children. Broadcast and online news sources pitched in,...

 

FARE thanks CVS Pharmacy, FunWord, Michaels and free2b Foods for their 2018 sponsorship.

A Word From Our Teal Pumpkin Project Partners

By placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep and providing a separate bowl of non-food treats this year, you can help make Halloween special for children with food allergies and other dietary restrictions. Whether you’re searching for last-minute tricks and treats to support the Teal Pumpkin Project, or planning an allergy-friendly snack to celebrate your haul of non-food goodies, these generous sponsors have helped us spread the word that every child deserves safe, inclusive trick-or-treating fun.

CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy is proud to be a...

Hurricane Michael Aftermath: How to Help Food Allergy Families in Florida

Our hearts go out to all the victims of Hurricane Michael, which devastated the Florida panhandle recently. Many people have reached out to FARE to ask how they can help families managing food allergies in the affected areas.

FARE has spoken with Feeding the Gulf Coast, one of the organization on the ground providing food. Monetary donations and/or boxes of allergy-friendly foods are welcomed.

You can send donations in the form of food allergy products directly to the food bank warehouse (address below) and clearly mark them as FOOD-ALLERGY FRIENDLY. Items must be shelf-stable, not require...

Teal it Forward

Guest post by TAG member Indrani Sreya Maitra, @allergyism_101 on Twitter

Halloween was always a mixed bag for me as a young kid. I would have fun dressing up in my costume and going trick-or-treating with my friends. But then there was always the inevitable, sad moment when I would hand those friends my candy loot. I am allergic to dairy, eggs and tree nuts, so most popular brands of candy are not safe for me. That is why the Teal Pumpkin Project (TPP) is so special to me. A teal pumpkin on a doorstep on Halloween night is a welcome sight...

Leading Food Allergy Organizations Join in Support of the Teal Pumpkin Project to Create a Happier, Safer Halloween For All

This Halloween across America, teal pumpkins will signal safe treats for trick-or-treaters with food allergies as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project, an awareness initiative that we are thrilled to announce is jointly supported this year by FARE, Allergy & Asthma Network, American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, CURED Foundation, End Allergies Together, Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team, Food Allergy Fund, FPIES Foundation, International FPIES Association and Red Sneakers for Oakley.

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This year, FARE is proud to join forces with food allergy organizations across the country in support of the Teal Pumpkin Project:

Flying with Food Allergies

This guest post by Teen Advisory Group (TAG) member Hadley Husisian addresses the concerns she has as a traveler with nut allergies. This is part of a series addressing a variety of experiences and food allergies from FARE’s TAG members.

Hadley Husisian

This summer, Southwest Airlines, an airline commercially known for its peanut snacks, announced that it would no longer serve peanuts on board so that all customers could feel safe as they travel. As a nut-allergy sufferer, I was ecstatic that Southwest made this groundbreaking decision. However, as...

Expired Epinephrine Can Still Save Lives

Epinephrine is the only treatment that can reverse the life-threatening symptoms of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction. Spring-loaded syringes called auto-injectors make it easier for patients, health care providers and members of the public to inject the correct dose of epinephrine solution into the patient’s thigh muscle.

Since May 2018, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported shortages of two of the three types of epinephrine auto-injectors currently sold on the U.S. market. This month, FDA has taken two steps to...

Q&A with FARE CEO Lisa Gable

This week, we asked FARE CEO Lisa Gable a few key questions about how FARE is evolving to meet the changing needs of the food allergy community.

What are the biggest challenges facing the food allergy community today?

While life is much better for families today than it was 15 years ago, the challenges the food allergy community faces today are more complex than when we started. Food allergy is a serious and growing issue. In children alone, the prevalence of food allergy has increased 50% over the past 20 years. A majority of the public still does not understand the severity of food allergy...

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