FARE Announces Food Allergy Awareness Week 2021

FARE Announces Food Allergy Awareness Week 2021

Running May 9-15, events and speakers will cover wide a range of topics and reach new audiences and expand awareness of food allergies, the organization said.

MCLEAN, Va. — FARE, a non-governmental organization engaged in food allergy advocacy and a private funder of food allergy research, is announced programming and details around its annual Living Teal Food Allergy Awareness Week.

FARE said this year's event comes in the wake of a very challenging year for food allergy patients who experienced significant difficulty finding allergen-free food during the pandemic-caused food shortage. It also comes following President Biden signing into law the FASTER Act, which will require that sesame — to which nearly 1.6 million Americans are allergic, according to FARE — be labeled on all packaged foods. In addition, FARE recently launched the FAITH Challenge, a multi-million-dollar global competition to find a better and safer way to test for food allergies; rolled out a new FARECheck program to train food service establishments and workers in food allergy safety and awareness; and issued a DEIA blueprint to improve access to food allergy testing and treatment in underserved communities.

FARE released its schedule for the awareness week:

  • Sunday, May 9, 2021: Turn Up Teal Kick Off Sunday
  • Monday, May 10, 2021: Menu Monday: Recipes and Cooking
  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021: Teal-a-thon Tuesday (Development)
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021: When's Day: The Future of Food Allergy (Research)
  • Thursday, May 13, 2021: Take Action Thursday: Get Involved (Advocacy)
  • Friday, May 14, 2021: T.G.I.FRI-YAY (Education)
  • Saturday, May 15, 2021: Wrap Up Saturday
"Food Allergy Awareness Week is an exciting annual event for FARE and the 85 million Americans impacted by food allergies and intolerances," said Lisa Gable, CEO of FARE. "We'll shine a spotlight on food allergy, celebrate our shared accomplishments and continue our work to create a future free of food allergies and intolerances one breakthrough at a time. Through events and discussions with leaders in the community, FARE looks forward to hosting a week full of virtual events that raise awareness and provide entertaining and educational resources for those with food allergies or those with friends and loved ones who have food allergies."