May is Food Allergy Action Month!

This year FARE is expanding Food Allergy Awareness Week by declaring the entire month of May as Food Allergy Action Month – a time to take action and make an impact on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies. Our goal in expanding to a month-long initiative is to go beyond raising awareness in order to inspire action so that we can improve understanding of the disease, advance the search for a cure, create safer environments and help people live well with food allergies.

We’ve created a custom calendar, marked with one action individuals can take each day to support the food allergy community. Print the Action Calendar or bookmark the webpage and make it your goal to complete as many items as possible!

 

For more information, read our press release on the subject.

Allergy-Friendly Passover and Easter Recipes

For many, Easter and Passover herald the beginning of spring and bring together family for special meals to mark the holidays. Our Passover lasagna is a great way to use up leftover matzo, or as a meal during the week. Blueberry-Peach Upside-Down Cake makes a great addition to Easter brunch. And our spring punch is a refreshing beverage to serve to children and adults alike!

Passover Lasagna
Milk-free, Egg-free, Peanut-free, Soy-free, Tree nut-free

  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs. ground turkey
  • 2 (10-oz.) packages frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 (26-oz.) jar meatless tomato sauce (homemade or a jar kosher for Passover)
  • 6 to 8 Passover matzo boards

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until opaque. Add garlic and turkey; saute until browned. Stir in spinach and salt and pepper to taste. Blend ingredients well and remove from heat.

Pour 1/2 cup tomato sauce into 9×12-inch pan. Moisten 3 to 4 matzo boards under running water. Do not allow them to become soggy. Place each matzo board in baking pan, covering tomato sauce with layer of matzo. Top with half turkey mixture. Pour half of remaining tomato sauce over turkey. Moisten remaining matzo boards and layer over tomato sauce. Follow with remaining turkey mixture and remaining sauce. Bake 30 minutes.

Blueberry-Peach Upside-Down Cake
Milk-free, Egg-free, Peanut-free, Soy-free, Tree nut-free

  • 1 (15-oz.) can sliced peaches
  • 1/4 cup milk-free, soy-free margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 packet plain gelatin
  • 2 T. warm water
  • 1 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain peaches, reserving half cup liquid. Set aside. Spread margarine in bottom of 8-inch round cake pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Arrange peaches and blueberries on top of brown sugar. Set aside. In large bowl, cream together sugar and shortening. In small cup, dissolve gelatin into warm water. Beat into shortening mixture. Set aside. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with reserved peach liquid. Mix well. Carefully pour mixture over peaches and blueberries. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert onto serving plate.

Spring Punch
Milk-free, Egg-free, Wheat-free, Peanut-free, Soy-free, Tree nut-free

  • 1 (2-liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled
  • 1 (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate

In large bowl, add ginger ale and pink lemonade concentrate, stirring until combined. Serve immediately. Ice may be added, if desired.

Suggestion: Use lemon-lime soda or carbonated water in place of ginger ale.

Food Allergy Friendly Baseball Games 2014

baseball-gameSpring is here, and so is baseball season. We are encouraged by the number of baseball teams that are actively engaging members of the food allergy community by hosting special “peanut-sensitive” or “peanut-aware” games.

Follow the links for more information about how to purchase tickets and the accommodations available at specific games. We will be updating it with new events as we learn of them.

All season: Florence Freedom (UC Health Stadium, Florence, KY)

April

April 12: Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox (U.S. Cellular Field)

April 13: Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies (Citizen’s Bank Park)

April 13: Tampa Bay Rays at Cincinatti Reds (Great American Ball Park)

April 18: Philadelphia Phillies at Colorado Rockies (Coors Field)

April 25: Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers (Miller Park)

April 25: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at New York Yankees (Yankee Stadium) - email disabledservices@yankees.com or call: 718.579.4510 for more information

April 26: San Diego Padres at Washington Nationals (Nationals Park)

April 27: Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners (Safeco Field)

April 27: Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre)

April 27: Miami Marlins at New York Mets (Citi Field)

May

May 4: Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees (Yankee Stadium) - email disabledservices@yankees.com or call: 718.579.4510 for more information

May 11: Colorado Rockies at Cincinnati Reds (Great American Ball Park)

May 18: New York Mets at Washington Nationals (Nationals Park)

May 21: Mobile Baybears at Tennessee Smokies (Smokies Stadium)

May 22: Cleveland Indians at Baltimore Orioles (Oriole Park)

May 25: Colorado Rockies at Atlanta Braves (Turner Field)

May 25: Oakland A’s at Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre)

May 25: Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers (Comerica Park)

May 28: Houston Astros at Kansas City Royals (Kauffman Stadium)

May 30: Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers (Miller Park)

May 30: New  York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies (Citizen’s Bank Park)

June

June 1: Delmarva Shorebirds at Lakewood BlueClaws (FirstEnergy Stadium)

June 6: Oakland A’s at Baltimore Orioles (Oriole Park)

June 11: Gwinnett Braves at Louisville Bats (Louisville Slugger Field)

June 13: Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers (Miller Park)

June 15: Vermont Lake Monsters at Lowell Spinners (Lelacheur Park)

June 15: Wisconsin Woodchucks at Madison Mallards (Warner Park)

June 20: Long Island Ducks at Camden Riversharks (Campbell’s Field)

June 20: South Bend Silver Hawks at Lake County Captains (Classic Park)

June 21: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals (Nationals Park)

June 22: Philadelphia Phillies at Seattle Mariners (Safeco Field)

June 22: Tri-City ValleyCats at Lowell Spinners (Lelacheur Park)

June 23: Chicago Cubs at Baltimore Orioles (Oriole Park)

June 23: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants (AT&T Park)

June 24: Mississippi Braves at Birmingham Barons (Regions Field)

June 28: Cleveland Indians at Seattle Mariners (Safeco Field)

June 29: Chicago White Sox at Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre)

July

July 1: Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves (Turner Field)

July 6: Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park)

July 17: New Britain Rock Cats at Reading Fightins (First Energy Stadium)

July 19: Milwaukee Brewers at Washington Nationals (Nationals Park)

July 19: Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox (U.S. Cellular Field)

July 20: New York Mets at San Diego Padres (Petco Park)

July 20: Kansas City Royals at Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park)

July 20: Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre)

July 21: Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers (Miller Park)

July 22: New York Mets at Seattle Mariners (Safeco Field)

July 22: Tampa Bay Rays at St. Louis Cardinals (Busch Stadium)

July 27: Brooklyn Cyclones at Lowell Spinners (Lelacheur Park)

July 27: Portland Seadogs at New Britain Rockcats (New Britain Stadium)

July 29: Los Angeles Dodgers at Baltimore Orioles (Oriole Park)

July 29: Brooklyn Cyclones at Lowell Spinners (Lelacheur Park)

July 30: Pittsburgh Pirates at San Francisco Giants (AT&T Park)

August 

August 3: Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals (BuschStadium)

August 8: St. Louis Cardinals at Baltimore Orioles (Oriole Park)

August 8: Chicago White Sox at Seattle Mariners (Safeco Field)

August 9: Sioux City at St. Paul Saints 

August 10: Williamsport Crosscutters at Lowell Spinners (Lelacheur Park)

August 15: Indianapolis Indians at Louisville Bats (Louisville Slugger Field)

August 17: Pittsburgh Pirates at Washington Nationals (Nationals Park)

August 19: Toronto Blue Jays at Milwaukee Brewers (Miller Park)

August 24: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre)

August 25: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles (Oriole Park)

August 25: Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies (Citizen’s Bank Park)

August 31: Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves (Turner Field)

September

September 13: Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies (Citizen’s Bank Park)

September 14: Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre)

September 16: Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers (Miller Park)

Have you heard about other games in your area? Post your comments below.

Giving Back: FARE Awards More Than $135,000 in Support to 60 Communities Nationwide

By John Lehr, CEO of FARE

As the nation’s leading organization dedicated to food allergy and anaphylaxis, building education and understanding throughout the country is a critical component of FARE’s mission.

Working with local leaders is a vital part of how we advance our shared cause. And that’s why we are so proud to announce that we are awarding more than $135,000 in grant support to 60 communities across the country to advance food allergy education, advocacy and awareness efforts as part of FARE’s 2014 Community Outreach Grants program. This is the largest grant pool every awarded in a single year, and is more than double the amount awarded last year.

With these grants, we are helping local food allergy leaders – support group leaders and FARE Walk for Food Allergy chairs – put on programs that will result in a better understanding of food allergies within their local communities. Food allergy is a growing problem — and it will take each and every one of us across the country to raise awareness, advocate and educate in order to keep everyone safe and included.

The projects that were selected to receive grants this year underwent a peer-reviewed application process. Grant applications were reviewed by a selection committee and awarded based on community need, scope, anticipated impact, achievability of project objectives, cost efficiency and geographic diversity.

In 30 states across the country, dedicated volunteers will be using grants from FARE to carry out a wide spectrum of innovative projects throughout 2014. Congratulations to the food allergy support group leaders and FARE Walk for Food Allergy chairs who worked so hard to develop programs that will make an impact in their communities. We look forward to hearing about your successes, and to continuing to expand the FARE Community Outreach Grants Program in the coming years.

The projects are listed below by region:

Midwest

  • Freeze Pops to Say FAREwell to Food Allergies
    FARE Walk Chicago (Chicago Metro Area, IL)
  • Michiana Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Support
    Michiana Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Support (South Bend/Lakeville, IN)
  • Back to School with Food Allergies Education for Schools
    Tri State Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Support Group (Serving Southern IL, IN, and KY)
  • Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Michigan Conference
    Circle of Food Allergic Families (COFAF) Support Group Leader (Metro Detroit, MI)
  • Food Free Easter Egg Hunt
    No Nuts Moms Group of Michigan (Auburn Hills, MI)
  • 504 Plans – 3 Part Series of Presentations
    FACES of Michigan (Macomb County, MI)
  • Booth Outreach Program
    Anaphylaxis & Food Allergy Association of Minnesota (Statewide, MN)
  • Food Allergy Resource Fair
    Food Allergy Support Group of Minnesota (Statewide, MN)
  • Halloween/Fall Event, St. Louis County Health & Human Services Conference, Printed Materials & Website Support
    Northland Food Allergy Support Group (Duluth, MN)
  • Halloween Event, Winter Event, and Educational Materials
    West Metro Food Allergy Connection (Howard Lake, MN)
  • Share the Knowledge Summit
    Food Allergy Focus (Cleveland, OH)
  • Understanding Physical, Social, and Emotional Aspects of Kids Living with Food Allergies – Creating a Plan to Keep Them Safe & Included
    FARE Walk Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Wisconsin Community Growth Initiative
    Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin – SE WI Chapter (Southeast WI)
  • Resource Fair & Presentations
    Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)
  • School Nurse Advocacy Effort
    Fox Valley Food Allergy Support Group (Fox Valley Area, WI)
  • FARE Conference Scholarship
    FARE Walk Detroit (Detroit, MI)

Northeast

  • Food Allergy Awareness Week Programming, Guest Speaker Series, Resource Printing & Web Development
    Food Allergy Education Network (Statewide, CT)
  • Program on Eosinophilic Esophagitis in the Spectrum of Food Allergy
    FARE Walk Boston (Boston, MA)
  • Food Allergy Expo and Conference
    Food Allergy & Asthma Support Group of North Jersey (Northern NJ)
  • Coping with Transitions: Sessions for Parents & Children with Food Allergies
    FARE Walk Westchester (Westchester County, NY)
  • Support Group Website Build
    FoodAllergyNY (Tarrytown, NY)
  • Educational Outreach for Schools, Families, & Children with Food Allergies
    Capital District Food Allergy Support Group (Albany, NY)
  • Community Awareness Initiative for Food Allergies and Educational Info Distribution
    FARE Walk Buffalo/Western NY (Buffalo, NY)
  • Port Washington Nurse Education Scholarship
    Food Allergy Support and Education (Nassau County, NY)
  • FACTS Forum on Food Allergy in Schools: Keeping Our Children Safe
    Food Allergies: Coping, Teaching, Supporting (FACTS) (Rochester NY)
  • Community Stewardship Materials
    Greater Buffalo Food Allergy Alliance (Buffalo, NY)
  • Materials for Local Baseball Game Peanut-free Section and School Health Fair
    Food Allergy Families of Rockland (Rockland County, NY)
  • Feel Good Forum and Support Group Operations
    FEAST of the Main Line (Philadelphia, PA)
  • PHACT Awareness and Operations
    Parents Having Allergic Children Team (PHACT) (Chester County, PA)
  • Support Group Operations
    Food Allergy Support Group of Tidewater (FASGOT) (Hampton Roads/Tidewater, VA)
  • Education Materials for Loudoun County School District and Support Group Operations
    Loudoun Allergy Network (Loudoun County, VA)
  • School Presentation Packs for Food Allergy Awareness
    Food Allergy Support Group of Northern VA (Fairfax, VA)
  • Food Allergy Awareness Week Campaign and Support Group Activities/Materials
    FARE Walk Wheeling/Ohio Valley Kids with Food Allergies (Wheeling/Moundsville, WV)

Northeast/Southeast

  • Southeastern VA and Northeast NC Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Community Enrichment
    FARE Walk Virginia Beach/Food Allergy Association of Virginia Beach (Southern VA/Northern NC)

Southeast

  • Educational Symposium/Walk Kickoff and Support Group Development
    FARE Walk Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)
  • St. Johns/Jacksonville Nurse Training, Support Group Maintenance, and Lending Library Materials
    FARE Walk Jacksonville/Food Allergy Families of St. Johns (Jacksonville/St. Johns, FL)
  • Educational Symposium/Walk Kickoff/Ask the Expert Panel
    FARE Walk Tampa (Tampa, FL)
  • Educational Symposium/Walk Kickoff/Ask the Expert Panel
    FARE Walk Orlando (Orlando, FL)
  • Food Friendly Halloween Party
    No Nuts Moms Group Palm Beach County (Palm Beach County, FL)
  • Atlanta Food Allergy Outreach/Atlanta Walk
    FARE Walk Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
  • Food Allergy Treatment Roundtable and Chefs Make Vacations Easy
    FARE Walk Raleigh/NC FACES (Raleigh, NC)
  • EMT/First Responder Anaphylaxis Training
    PAK Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
  • Practice of Presence Workshop and Support Group Operations
    Food Allergy Families of the Triad (Triad, NC)
  • Education and Outreach to Promote FARE Walk
    FARE Walk Simpsonville/SAFE of Greenville (Greenville, SC)
  • Walk Symposium and Support Group Revitalization
    FARE Walk Nashville (Nashville, TN)
  • Walk Seminar, Support Group Maintenance, and Support Group Lending Library
    FARE Walk Memphis (Memphis, TN)
  • Project Teal
    Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) (Knoxville, TN)

Southwest

  • Food Allergy Community Awareness and Education
    SAFE Boulder County (Boulder County, CO)
  • Educate Schools in Central Oklahoma
    Food Allergy Awareness Coalition (Central OK)
  • 2014 Austin Families with Food Allergies Retreat, ER and Urgent Care Education
    Austin Families with Food Allergies (Austin, TX)
  • Kyle Dine Concert and Awareness Materials
    San Antonio Food Allergy Support Team (San Antonio, TX)
  • Kyle Dine Concert and Awareness Materials
    FARE Walk Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ)

West

  • Kyle Dine Awareness Concerts, School/School Nurse Education, Educational Materials, and Support Group Operations
    San Francisco Bay Area Food Allergy Network (Bay Area, CA)
  • Support Group Development, Awareness Activities, Food Allergy Free Easter Hunt
    No Nuts Moms Group LA (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Website Maintenance
    Billings Kids with Food Allergies (Statewide, MT)
  • Clark County School District CDC Guideline Implementation
    FARE Walk Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Educate Northern Nevada School Nurses and Principals
    AAPE Nevada (Northern NV)
  • Local Adoption of Statewide Food Allergy Management Guidelines in Oregon K-12 Schools
    Oregon Food Allergy Network (OFAN) (Statewide, OR)
  • Utah Food Allergy Easter Egg Hunt, Conference, Support Group Education, Kids Summer Camp, Trunk-or-Treat, Kyle Dine Concert
    FARE Walk Utah/Utah Food Allergy Network (UFAN) (Statewide, UT)
  • Regional Food Allergy Conference, Kyle Dine Concerts, Field Guides to Newly Diagnosed, and Restaurant Education Scholarship for Small Businesses
    Washington FEAST (Seattle, WA)