“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
That oft-cited quote from Margaret Mead is the experience and touchstone of the food allergy community. It is through the efforts of dedicated individual advocates that much of the progress on food allergy awareness and access has been achieved. And it will be the way more progress is made.
Informed and engaged advocates can impact policy from research to support, access and awareness. Organized groups of advocates can also help as channels of support for one another; to disseminate information and become a more effective voice for the food allergy community.
But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Advocacy can be confusing – even intimidating – to many. There aren’t any obvious guides to follow. So, where do you begin? How do you get legislators and local leaders aware and supportive of the food allergy agenda? The links offer some helpful guides to build your advocacy skills, communicate the food allergy message and build those critical relationships with key decision makers.
- Relationship Development
- Meetings With Legislators
- Writing to Legislators
- Legislative Testimony
- Town Hall Meetings
What to Read Next
A summary of frequently asked questions about policy and advocacy at FARE.
Learn about the U.S. laws and regulations regarding food allergies, from food labeling to students’ rights.