As the leaves change, the chill of winter arrives and the end of the year approaches, you can’t help but find yourself looking back over the past 12 months. FARE has been taking time to reflect over the last year, too, and we know one thing for sure: a lot has been accomplished on behalf of those with food allergies, and that’s because of people like you!
In 2016, your donations and support helped FARE make great progress in each area of our mission. Every member of the food allergy community plays a role in advancing FARE’s mission and we’d like to show you just some of what we’ve been able to accomplish this year with your help.
- The FARE Walk for Food Allergy, one of FARE’s flagship fundraising, awareness and community-building programs, took place in
more than 50 cities across the country, raising critically needed funds to make a difference in the lives of 15 million Americans living with food allergies.
- Hundreds of members of the food allergy community came together to learn and connect at FARE’s 2016 National Food Allergy Conference in Orlando, Florida. Invaluable insights from leading experts were shared, helping attendees feel more confident about facing the many challenges that food allergies present.
- Americans across the country were inspired to take action and react with respect to make an impact during Food Allergy Action Month, which helped to inform the public about the serious consequences of food allergy reactions. This year, the Empire State Building shined the signature color of our cause on May 8, 2016, symbolizing the nation’s growing recognition of food allergy awareness.
- Households across the country embraced and participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project yet again this year by placing a teal pumpkin on
their doorstep and offering non-food treats. With your help, we reached more than 10 million people on social media and the fever map collected nearly 18,000 pins to help spread the message of creating a safe, happy, inclusive Halloween for all kids.
- Nearly 100 members of the food allergy community joined forces with FARE at awareness days held in statehouses in New York, California, Ohio and Illinois to educate officials about food allergies and advocate for legislation designed to improve the lives of individuals living with them.
- FARE works with colleges and universities to develop uniform policies to create a safer college experience for young adults with food allergies. The FARE College Food Allergy Program expanded this year to offer guidelines, support and free training to additional sites to address all aspects of college life including dining services, resident life and social well-being.
- The FARE Clinical Network expanded, with 28 centers of excellence now a part of this collaborative that helps ensure that patients with food allergies have access to state-of-the-art facilities, and research to improve the quality of care for patients with food allergies.
- FARE’s Annual Teen Summit, which provides a weekend full of building long-lasting friendships and sessions specific to food-allergy
related issues faced in middle school, high school, and college, took place in Milwaukee, the first year the Summit has been hosted in the Midwest! The weekend included fun social events and helpful support groups for both parents and teens.
Thank you to each and every one of you who has helped make a difference this year. With your continued support, we can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring!