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Media Room May 15, 2023

FARE Challenges Everyone to Eat Top 9 Allergen Free Today

May 15, 2023 (McLean, VA) – FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), the leading non-profit organization engaged in food allergy advocacy in the nation, is challenging everyone to eat Top 9 Allergen Free today as part of Food Allergy Awareness Week. FARE encourages our community and the larger public to take part in this challenge to raise awareness and empathy for food allergies.

For those individuals with food allergies, cooking is no easy task. From the rigors of shopping for allergen-free items and checking ingredient lists, to detailed meal prep, cooking and clean-up, cooking with food allergies is challenging. Finding a suitable substitution for an allergen is difficult; so if you are looking for ingredient swaps, be sure to check out FARE’s “Simple Substitutions,” which features vegan and food allergy chef Leslie Durso. You will find a library of videos that can help you navigate fantastic recipes and make them allergen-free.

Eating out is also filled with anxiety for our food allergic community. While there are more options today than in years past, awareness and education are still major challenges to helping ease the fear that comes with dining out. Be sure to advocate for yourself or be a food allergy ally to your friends and family so everyone can enjoy a relaxing and delicious meal out.

“I have life threatening food allergies and can attest to the fact that dining out with friends can be very challenging,” says Sung Poblete, RN, PhD, CEO of FARE. “I’m hoping that today’s challenge will help raise awareness about food allergies so that the simple act of eating in a favorite restaurant will not be so anxiety-producing for food allergic individuals.”   

To take part in the Top 9 Allergen Free Challenge, you can find recipe ideas here.

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About FARE

FARE (Food Allergy Research & 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.

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