The FARE Walk for Food Allergy is a family-friendly event that takes place in more than 60 communities nationwide, and right now it’s walk season! Thousands of walkers across the country are fundraising, recruiting team members, and preparing for the event. Whether you’re a first-time walker or a veteran, we wanted to provide you with some useful information based on questions we frequently receive. Visit www.foodallergywalk.org for more information, to register, or to donate to an individual or team!
How long of a distance is the walk?
Our walks range from two to three miles, with some walks providing a 5k run or walk/run option.
Who makes the walk program possible?
FARE is fortunate to have many generous sponsors at our walks. The support they provide through the walks is instrumental in funding the national education, awareness, advocacy and research initiatives FARE undertakes in support of the entire food allergy community. Our walks are also made possible through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers – from the walk chairs who organize the events, to supporters who help the walks to run smoothly. Thank you!
What kind of activities will there be at the walk?
In addition to the walk itself, there are a variety of fun activities at each Walk for children and adults. Many walks feature face painting, moon bounces, rock-climbing walls, carnival games, crafts, and prize drawings. A deejay, clowns, musicians, or other performers are also in attendance to provide entertainment throughout the day. There are also a variety of local and national vendors who are on site at each walk, including allergists’ offices, book authors, and food companies.
Will there be food samples or food served at the event?
All of our walks have free samples available, provided by our sponsors or local businesses. We hear from many of the individuals and families who participate in the walks each year that they appreciate these samples because it gives them the opportunity to learn about new or different allergy-friendly food products that they may be able to incorporate into their lifestyles.
What type of safety precautions or policies do you have in place regarding food?
We take a number of safety precautions to help everyone have as safe and enjoyable an experience as possible. We do our very best to share and enforce these policies with walk participants both in advance and on-site, making the information available multiple times through a variety of channels both before and at the event.
FARE Walk Policy Regarding Food at the Walks
In advance of each walk:
- Walk chairs and staff members discuss all food samples with sponsors prior to the walk and sponsors must clearly list and label the ingredients of their products.
- A statement is posted on each walk website and an email is sent to all registered walkers in advance of the event reminding everyone that there will be samples at the event and that they should read labels and refrain from opening samples at the walk.
- A message is sent to walk volunteers noting that they should not bring food to the walk site , and that they should be aware of any foods they consume beforehand and properly wash their hands before arriving at the walk.
On-site at the walk:
- There is signage on each food table that reminds everyone to read the ingredients on all food product labels.
- At least three announcements are made during each walk reminding everyone to read labels and to refrain from opening samples at the walk.
- Sponsors who arrive with food that was not reported to FARE in advance are asked to remove it from the site. If it is learned after the fact that a sponsor provided food that was not reported in advance, FARE staff will follow up with the sponsor to remind them of our policies.
If you have questions or want to get involved in a walk in your community, please visit www.foodallergywalk.org for contact and event-specific information.