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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 launched Pilot Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Higher Education, which provided guidance for college food, housing, health and disability services.
  • FARE has provided training to dining staff at over 350 colleges and universities.
  • Hundreds of campuses use free FARE resources for their dining halls.
  • FARE launched FARECheck, which provides training and auditing services to a variety of food service operations. 

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. This pilot program examined food service, housing and disability food allergy accommodations to identify challenge points and find solutions. Since the conclusion of the pilot phase, FARE Food Allergy College Search has continued to grow, with FARE collecting accommodation information for over 600 colleges and universities. 

Pilot Program Schools

FARE would like to offer a special thanks to the colleges and universities who participated in FARE's College Food Allergy Pilot Program and provided the foundation for FARE's training and education in and beyond food service.

  • Boston University
  • Brown University  
  • Carroll University
  • Colgate University
  • College of the Holy Cross 
  • College of William & Mary
  • Eastern Washington University
  • George Mason University 
  • James Madison University
  • King's College (PA)
  • Michigan State University
  • Minnesota State University Mankato
  • North Carolina State University 
  • North Dakota State College of Science
  • Penn State University
  • Purdue University
  • Skidmore College
  • Stanford University 
  • Texas A&M
  • Tufts University 
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado-Colorado Springs 
  • University of Dayton 
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Michigan 
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Southern California 
  • University of St.Thomas (MN)
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • Valparaiso University 
  • Wesleyan University
  • Westfield State University
  • Williams College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
     

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