FARE College Food Allergy Program Impact
FARE launched the College Food Allergy Program in January 2014 with the goal of developing a comprehensive program to improve the safety and quality of life for college students with food allergies.
Since the launch of its college program, FARE has made an impact on hundreds of colleges and universities around the country.
- FARE distributes resources to the nearly 600 colleges and universities that are members of the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS).
- Annually staff at more than 375 colleges receive FARECheck approved training through FARE’s partnership with Compass Group. This has resulted in over 6,300 college dining staff going through food allergy training.
- The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), which boasts a membership of 3,000 college and university disability service professionals, partners with FARE to distribute resources and education to its members.
- FARE has provided training to dining staff at over 350 colleges and universities.
- Hundreds of campuses use free FARE resources for their dining halls.
History of the Program
FARE partnered with the Association on Higher Education & Disability (AHEAD), Beyond Celiac (formerly the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness), the National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS), food allergy experts, and stakeholders from colleges and universities to help determine needs, set goals and guide the direction of the program. The research phase of the program began with two college summits bringing together experts from over 65 schools and organizations to discuss a comprehensive best practice guide that would be essential to helping colleges and universities effectively manage food allergy.
In April 2015, FARE chose 12 schools nationwide to participate in the FARE College Food Allergy Pilot Program, later expanding to include 40 schools nationwide. Since the conclusion of the pilot phase, FARE Food Allergy College Search has added 51 more schools, for a total of 91 unique colleges that are part of the FARE College Program.