FARE and Institute of Child Nutrition Join Forces to Address Food Allergy and Child Nutrition
MOU highlights mutual support of child nutrition programs
April 4, 2022 (McLean, VA) – A recently finalized Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) and the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) takes a major step forward in raising awareness and expanding education opportunities for FARE and the ICN regarding food allergy and child nutrition. The MOU outlines activities where both organizations can work together to advance mutual goals related to food allergy.
Specifically, this MOU formalizes collaboration between FARE and the ICN to provide the most up-to-date, scientific-based information on food allergy through education and training of child nutrition professionals and personnel working in child nutrition programs. It strengthens collaborative opportunities for FARE and the ICN to share, create, and disseminate food allergy education and training to lessen the burden of food allergy on food allergic individuals participating in child nutrition programs.
The agreement and partnership are a natural outgrowth of the priorities of both FARE and the ICN. FARE is the nation’s leading non-profit engaged in food allergy advocacy, as well as the largest private funder of food allergy research. The ICN, located at the University of Mississippi, is the only federally funded national center dedicated to applied research, education and training, and technical assistance for child nutrition programs.
“Our partnership with FARE allows us to provide child nutrition professionals with the most up-to-date, scientific-based information on food allergy,” says Aleshia Hall-Campbell, PhD, MPH, Executive Director of the ICN. “We are excited for the opportunities this partnership can provide and the assistance it can offer to ease the burden of food allergies within child nutrition programs,” she continued.
Dr. Bruce Roberts, FARE’s Interim CEO and Research Strategy & Innovation Officer agrees. “This MOU signifies a start to better understanding about how we communicate and educate child nutrition specialists when it comes to the potentially life-threatening subject of food allergies. It will help create and strengthen collaborative opportunities between FARE and the ICN to develop and share food allergy education, resources, and training.”
About the Institute of Child Nutrition:
The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), part of the School of Applied Sciences at The University of Mississippi, is the only federally funded national center dedicated to applied research, education and training, and technical assistance for child nutrition professionals operating programs in schools and child care settings. The Institute was established by Congress in the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 1989. Visit ICN’s website (www.theicn.org) to learn more.
FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) is the nation’s leading non-profit engaged in food allergy advocacy as well as the largest private funder of food allergy research. FARE’s innovative education, advocacy and research initiatives transform the future of food allergy through new and improved treatments and prevention strategies, effective policies and legislation, and novel approaches to managing the disease. To learn more, visit: foodallergy.org.