Last month, thousands of people around the country raised awareness by recognizing our 20th Food Allergy Awareness Week! Food Allergy Awareness Week was launched in 1998 to help raise awareness about the severity of food allergy and it has grown every year. Here are a few highlights from this year’s event.
1. Legislators in 31 states and 5 cities proclaimed May 14-20, 2017 Food Allergy Awareness Week.
This year, volunteers in 35 states and 5 specific cities across the U.S. contacted their governors and legislators to request that May 14-20, 2017 be proclaimed Food Allergy Awareness Week. Thirty-one states issued proclamations either via mail or at an in-person ceremony. For a full list of states that issued proclamations, visit foodallergyweek.org.
FARE Community Engagement Senior Associate Sahru Keiser and other community advocates were present in Sacramento for the California Food Allergy Awareness Week Proclamation introduced by Assemblywoman Catharine Baker.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe presented a proclamation to Josh and Margaret Hunt and their family on May 13, 2017 at the Virginia Statehouse.
2. FARE released the first of the Food For Thought video series.
FARE’s new video series, Food For Thought, aims to start a conversation about the serious nature of food allergies. The first video in the series, Media Misrepresentations, was viewed by over 124,000 people on Facebook and was shared almost 1,000 times.
Volunteers around the country used our Be-A-Pal program and other FARE materials to help raise awareness in their schools.
4. Community Events:
The Food Allergy Education Network (Branford, CT) hosted Food Allergy Friends Café, a mock dining experience to promote safety and awareness while dining out. Special guests shown with the “diners” above are Marie Malloy from FARE, Miss New Haven County 2017 Natascia Simone and State Representative Sean Scanlon.
For the fourth year in a row, Michiana Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Support Group organized a peanut-free baseball game on May 7th.. Two suites were reserved and kept peanut-free.
5. #TealTakeover Day
Individuals and groups proudly wore teal to show their support for Food Allergy Awareness Week.
FARE National Ambassador August Maturo took part in #TealTakeover Day and also recorded a series of videos that kicked off each week in May.
6. The Empire State Building and other landmarks turned teal.
For the second year in a row, the Empire State Building turned teal to raise awareness for food allergies. The Empire State Building kicked off Food Allergy Awareness Week by turning teal on Sunday night, May 14.
Throughout the month of May, thanks to the work of Turn it Teal, over 40 landmarks across the United States and Canada were lit teal, including One World Trade Center, US Bank Tower in Los Angeles, the Zakim Bridge in Boston, and Niagara Falls,.
Thank you to everyone who helped to raise awareness!