FARE shared that the prevalence of food allergies in the U.S. is roughly doubling every ten years. Each year in May, we commemorate Food Allergy Awareness Week to shine a spotlight on this serious public health crisis. Created in 1998 by the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, now FARE, Food Allergy Awareness Week celebrates the more than 32 million Americans managing food allergy. Through increased awareness, we can promote respect, safety, and inclusion and ensure that communities have the tools they need to spread the word about food allergies.
The 21st annual Food Allergy Awareness Week will be held May 12-18, 2019. Here are some of the ways that you can inspire action in your community:
- Become part of the CONTAINS: COURAGE™ Campaign, a new five-year initiative to educate all communities about food allergies and fund transformative research. Raise food allergy awareness locally and on social media by sharing the CONTAINS: COURAGE™ Campaign video, and let the world know what you’re made of by sharing your “ingredients” for courage.
- Request that your state governor or local official makes a proclamation recognizing Food Allergy Awareness Week 2019.
- Let state and local leaders know how the food allergy epidemic is affecting their communities by sharing FARE-sponsored food allergy prevalence data for your state.
- Download and share FARE’s infographic to stay current about food allergy stats and facts.
- Schedule a presentation for your child’s classroom or a community organization. FARE has resources to get you started, including Be a PAL – Protect A Life™ From Food Allergiesmaterials in English and Spanish, food allergy awareness posters, and the training program Food Allergies: Keeping Students Safe and Included.
- Visit the Volunteer Portal on foodallergy.org to explore how you can support your local food allergy community as an individual, group member or employer.
- Join FARE’s Advocacy Action Center to learn how you can help support federal initiatives to improve the lives of people managing food allergies.
- Show your spirit by wearing teal, the color of food allergy awareness. You’ll be helping to show the unity and size of the food allergy community.
- Visit Team FARE and Hometown Heroes to learn how you can raise funds and awareness by creating your own event.
- Help educate those outside the food allergy community by sharing this podcast interview with Dr. Kari Nadeau, FARE’s Medical Advisor for Innovation.