Food Allergy Awareness

Empire State Building’s Teal Lights Kick Off 20th Anniversary of Food Allergy Awareness Week

Food Allergy Research & Education Partners with Empire State Building on First Night of 20th Annual Food Allergy Awareness Week  

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is thrilled to announce that the  iconic Empire State Building will once again shine in teal, the color of food allergy awareness, on May 14, the first night of Food Allergy Awareness Week, an initiative first started 20 years ago to educate others about the seriousness of food allergy and anaphylaxis.

Food allergy is a potentially life-threatening and life-altering disease that affects 15 million Americans, including 1 in 13 children.

“Seeing one of the most famous buildings in the world shining in teal for food allergy awareness is a fantastic way to observe Food Allergy Awareness Week,” said James R. Baker, Jr., MD, CEO of FARE. “In 20 years, awareness about food allergies has risen, but we still have more work to do to increase understanding and foster respect and empathy for this often misunderstood disease.”

FARE is dedicated to improving the lives of the millions of Americans with food allergies through its extensive research, education, advocacy and awareness programs. This year marks “20 Years of Education, Action and Support,” and FARE has a number of new resources that enable members of the food allergy community to take action that will help spread the message that food allergy is a serious public health issue.

As FARE continues to advance research toward future treatments for food allergies, this awareness campaign is critical to supporting the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others. FARE extends its appreciation to the Empire State Building for going teal and to the food allergy community for joining in efforts to raise food allergy awareness.

The Empire State Building will shine in teal from sunset on Sunday, May 14, to 2 a.m. on Monday, May 15. Food Allergy Awareness Week is celebrated May 14-20.

For more information about ways to support Food Allergy Awareness Week, visit

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