Request a Proclamation

Learn how to submit a proclamation for Food Allergy Awareness Week.


Please feel free to edit this message to share your experience with food allergies. The more personal your message is, the more likely we are to get a response from your governor. Copy and paste your finished letter in to the contact form or email you send to your governor's office, along with the template proclamation found below. Click here for links to each state's proclamation request page. 


On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of residents with food allergies in  our state, I am writing to request that a proclamation be issued this year for FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK, May 12-18, 2019.

Food allergies are a life-threatening disease that affects as many as 32 million Americans, and the prevalence is increasing among children. One in every 13 children has food allergies, or approximately two per classroom. Food allergy results in more than 200,000 emergency department visits each year, and since 2007, there has been a 377 percent increase in anaphylactic reactions from food requiring medical care.

There is no cure for food allergy, and reactions can range from mild to severe, such as anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can occur rapidly and is potentially life-threatening. 

With your support in declaring FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK, we can continue to increase public awareness about food allergies. It is our objective to help educate schools, restaurants and the citizens of our state on the serious and potentially life-threatening nature of food allergies.

Please find below a draft of a proposed Proclamation for FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK for the week of May 12-18, 2019 to help build recognition and support for food-allergic citizens.  You may send the proclamation to:

Food Allergy Research & Education
Attention:  FAAW
7901 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 240
McLean, VA  22102

On behalf of all the families who live with this life-altering disease, thank you for your consideration and support.



WHEREAS, as many as 32 million Americans have food allergies; nearly 6 million are children under the age of 18.

WHEREAS, research shows that the prevalence of food allergy is increasing among children and adults.  

WHEREAS, eight foods cause the majority of all food allergy reactions in the U.S.: shellfish, fish, milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, and wheat. Symptoms of a food-allergic reaction can range from mild to severe, such as anaphylaxis.

WHEREAS, anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death.

WHEREAS, food allergy results in more than 200,000 emergency department visits each year. Reactions typically occur when an individual unknowingly eats a food containing an ingredient to which they are allergic.

WHEREAS, the number of food allergy reactions requiring emergency treatment is up sharply over the past decade, with a 377 percent rise in insurance claim lines with diagnoses of anaphylactic food reactions between 2007 and 2016.

WHEREAS, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments,

THEREFORE I , ________, GOVERNOR for the _________________, do hereby proclaim May 12-18, 2019: Food Allergy Awareness Week in the _______________________ and encourage the residents of _______________________ to increase their understanding and awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis.


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