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50 Communities Receive Awards from FARE for Education, Advocacy and Awareness Programs

In 2015, FARE is awarding more than $143,000 for 50 projects through our Community Outreach Awards, the largest amount ever provided through the program. In 25 states and in Mexico, support group leaders and FARE Walk for Food Allergy volunteer chairs are spearheading initiatives designed to educate others about the severity of food allergies and raise awareness in their local communities.

Applications for Community Outreach Awards are peer-reviewed by a selection committee and awarded based on community need, scope, anticipated impact, achievability of project objectives, cost efficiency and geographic diversity.

FARE is able to provide funding for these valuable community initiatives thanks to our generous donors and funds raised through the FARE Walk for Food Allergy.

Just some of the valuable projects to be completed in 2015 include:

  • 6 educational conferences
  • 5 Teal Pumpkin Project community events for Halloween
  • 4 events for teens
  • 4 trainings for school nurses
  • 3 camps for kids and families
  • Distributing educational materials at allergist offices and schools
  • Monthly meetings and general maintenance for support groups
Austin Family Retreat Food Allergies
FARE’s Community Outreach Program helps fund the annual Family Food Allergy Retreat held by Austin Families with Food Allergies (AFFA) in Austin, TX

The projects are listed below by region:

MIDWEST

    • Educational and awareness materials for schools and day cares, Food Allergy Awareness Week activities, general needs for support group, and peanut allergy-friendly baseball games
      Michiana Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Support (South Bend/Lakeville, IN)
    • General needs for support group, brochures for allergist offices, Be a PAL and Common Symptoms of Anaphylaxis school poster program
      Kentucky Families with Food Allergies (Lexington, KY)
    • Tri-State Food Allergy Family Fest – a food-free family event providing peer support, education, and expressive arts activities in an inclusive environment
      Tri State Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Support Group (Evansville, IN, Henderson, KY and surrounding area)
    • Kyle Dine concert, Halloween event, offering guest speakers, trainings, and materials for families in need
      No Nuts Moms Group of Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
    • Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Michigan Conference
      Circle of Food Allergic Families and FAAMC professional leadership team (Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan)
    • Be a PAL pencils to distribute at a community festival and school presentations
      West Metro Food Allergy Connection (Howard Lake, MN)
    • 9th Annual Food Allergy Resource Fair/Trick-or-Treating and Big Quack events Support Group Meetings and Youth Empowered by Support (YES) Meetings
      Food Allergy Support Group of Minnesota (Minnesota)
    • Education and awareness materials for the FARE Walk for Food Allergy in Omaha, NE
      OFASG and Omaha, NE (Nebraska)
    • Columbus, OH area support group membership and outreach
      “My” Food Allergy Support Group (Columbus, OH)
    • Food allergy and anaphylaxis training to administrators, teachers, nurses, and dining services of Lakota School District
      FARE Walk for Food Allergy Leadership Team (Cincinnati, OH)
    • Outreach efforts to school nurses in various districts to provide resources
      Fox Valley Food Allergy Support Group (Appleton, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Eastern Central Wisconsin)
    • Fall Carnival for kids with food allergies and a full-day educational conference
      Food Allergy Association of WI (Madison, WI)
    • 2015 Food Allergy Conference Wisconsin – providing parents, grandparents, caregivers, and schools with education about food allergy management
      FARE Walk for Food Allergy Leadership Team and Food Allergy Association of WI – SE Chapter (Metro-Milwaukee, WI)
San Antonio Food Allergy
The San Antonio Food Allergy Support Team used an award from FARE to provide awareness materials

NORTHEAST

    • Monthly meetings for children and parent support groups
      Food Allergy Education Network (Southern Connecticut)
    • Embracing Food Allergies: Boston’s Initiative to Create Inclusion and Raise Awareness through conferences and family-friendly events
      FARE Walk for Food Allergy Leadership Team (Boston, MA)
    • Southern NJ/Philadelphia Metro Area Food Allergy Awareness Conference
      FARE Walk for Food Allergy Leadership Team (Philadelphia area)
    • New York City Workshops and Educational Events
      No Nuts Moms Group of NYC (New York, NY)
    • FoodAllergyNY Support Group to membership development and outreach for newly-diagnosed patients
      Food Allergy NY (FANY) (Westchester County, NY)
    • Teal Carpet Event at the FARE Walk for Food Allergy in Buffalo
      (Western New York)
    • Support group website and message board maintenance
      Protect Allergic Kids (Holtsville, NY)
    • Feel Good Forum and general support group operations
      FEAST of the Main Line (Western Suburbs of Philadelphia, PA)
    • Support group maintenance and education/awareness campaign including distribution of “My Food Allergy Field Guide,” Kyle Dine DVDs for elementary schools
      Parents Having Allergic Children Team (PHACT) of Chester County (Chester County, PA)
    • Pittsburgh Regional FARE Conference
      Epimoms/Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
    • Northern Virginia Food Allergy “Food Allergy Hero” Recognition Program
      Northern Virginia Food Allergy Group (Northern Virginia)
    • EMS education, awareness events, and general support group maintenance
      Food Allergy Support Group of Tidewater (FASGOT) (Hampton Roads, VA)
    • Teen Talk and Game Day Celebration, Un-birthday Party, Back to School Food Allergy Summit, Food Allergy Field Guide distribution for newly diagnosed, lending library expansion and FARE Walk for Food Allergy promotional support
      Virginia Food Allergy Advocates/FARE Walk for Food Allergy Leadership Team (Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads VA and Northeast NC)
kylephoenix
Food allergy musician Kyle Dine performs at the FARE Walk for Food Allergy in Phoenix, AZ. His performance was made possible by a FARE Community Outreach award.

SOUTHEAST

    • Food allergy float for the Boca Raton Holiday Parade, educating schools about food allergies and providing awareness kits to teachers and classmates
      No Nuts Moms Group of Palm Beach County (Palm Beach County, FL)
    • Nurse education, lending library expansion, teen events, community first aid/anaphylaxis training Train nurses, create a lending library, events for teens and first aid training
      Food Allergy Families of St. Johns/FARE Walk for Food Allergy Leadership Team (St. Johns, FL)
    • Teal Pumpkin Paint Party Event and general support group maintenance
      Food Allergy Families of Northwest Florida (Panama City, FL)
    • General support group maintenance and materials, donating books to local libraries, offer free monthly educational seminars, Food Allergy Awareness Week coloring contest
      Food Allergy Families of the Triad (Triad Region, NC)
    • Operating Expenses and Food Allergy Friendly Camp
      PAK Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
    • Project TEAL: rural area outreach with educational materials, lending library development, food allergy awareness concerts/events., and stock epinephrine advocacy efforts
      Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) (Eastern Region of Tennessee)
    • Activities for the FARE Walk for Food Allergy in Knoxville, TN
      FARE Walk for Food Allergy Leadership Team (Knoxville, TN)
    • Training for local EMTs on food allergies and general support group maintenance
      SAFE of Boulder County (Boulder County, CO)
    • Family retreat and FARE Walk for Food Allergy promotional resources
      Austin Families with Food Allergies (Austin, TX)
    • Improved awareness and student safety, distribution of Kyle Dine DVDs and lending library materials to schools.
      San Antonio Food Allergy Support Team (San Antonio, TX)
    • Educate Emergency Room and Urgent Care personnel about food allergies, provide with resources to give to newly-diagnosed families.
      Food Allergy Institute of North Texas (Flower Mound/Denton, TX)
Kids crafting at a summer camp hosted by Utah Food Allergy Network (UFAN), funded by an award from FARE
Kids crafting at a summer camp hosted by Utah Food Allergy Network (UFAN), funded by an award from FARE

WEST

    • Lending Library, Educational Materials Printing, Camp Ye bik’ehgo and Teen Lock-In
      Arizona Food Allergy Alliance (AZ)
    • Bay Area Food Allergy School Nurse Symposium
      SF Bay Area Food Allergy Network (San Francisco Bay Area, CA)
    • Easter Egg Hunt, Teal Pumpkin Project Halloween event, t-shirts for support group members, community meet-ups
      No Nuts Moms Group of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
    • Presentations at schools, handouts and donations of food allergy books to local library
      No Nuts Moms Group of Orange County/ Long Beach (Aliso Viejo, CA)
    • Educate Nevada 2015
      No NV Asthma and Food Allergy Parent Education Group (AAPE) (Northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe)
    • Food allergy family meet-ups, parent luncheon for back-to-school, educational lectures with local allergist
      FAPE Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)
    • Easter Egg Hunt, Utah Food Allergy Conference & UFAN Teen Conference, Trunk or Treat, provide education for Support Group Leaders
      Utah Food Allergy Network (UFAN) (Salt Lake City, UT)
    • Family Campout
      No Nuts Moms Group of Utah (Utah)
    • Seattle Food Allergy Consortium, performer for the FARE Walk for Food Allergy in Seattle, fund speakers to educate at state nursing and food service conferences
      Washington FEAST (Seattle, WA)

INTERNATIONAL

  • Primera Caminata UPAL por una sociedad mas informada (hosting a FARE Walk for Food Allergy)
    Union de Padres por la Alergia Alimentaria (Mexico)

To learn more about this year’s Community Outreach Awards, read our press release.

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