About FARE

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is the leading nonprofit organization working on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Mission Statement

FARE’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments.

Our work is organized around three core tenets:

  • LIFE. Support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others through our education and advocacy initiatives.

  • HEALTH. Enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment.

  • HOPE. Encourage and fund research in both industry and academia that promises new therapies to improve the allergic condition.

About Food Allergies

Food allergy is a disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly targets a harmless food protein (an allergen) as a threat. To fight this threat, the body releases histamine and other chemicals, causing symptoms that can range from skin rashes and stomach problems to life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Although a person can be allergic to any food, eight foods (milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish) cause most food allergy reactions in the U.S.  Anyone, at any age, can develop a food allergy, but the impact on children is especially severe. There is no cure, and no standard treatment to prevent food allergy reactions. Strict avoidance of problem foods is the only way to stay safe.

With the number of people who have food allergies increasing at a significant rate, this potentially fatal condition is a growing public health issue. The numbers tell the story:

  • Food allergies affect up to 15 million Americans, including 1 in 13 children – roughly two in every classroom.

  • Nearly 40 percent of these children have already experienced a severe or life-threatening reaction.

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children with food allergies in the U.S. increased 50 percent between 1997 and 2011.

  • Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room.

  • Caring for children with food allergies costs families nearly $25 billion per year.

Learn more about FARE and food allergies at the links below.

How to manage food allergies:

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Learn about FARE education and awareness programs:

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Discover the latest food allergy research:

Learn about food allergy advocacy:

Visit our FARE food allergy resources store:

Discover more at www.foodallergy.org!

FARE National Offices

7925 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 1100
McLean, VA 22102