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Food allergy is a life-altering, life-threatening disease that affects up to 15 million Americans. There is no cure and no standard treatment to prevent anaphylaxis, a severe, potentially deadly reaction. Even a trace amount of the wrong food can trigger a dangerous reaction within minutes. For people with food allergies, strictly avoiding problem foods is the only way to stay safe.
Anyone, at any age, can develop a food allergy, but the impact on children is especially severe. Food allergies affect 5.9 million U.S. children. That equates to 1 in every 13 children – roughly two in every classroom. Nearly 40 percent of these children already have experienced a severe or life-threatening reaction, and more than 30 percent have multiple food allergies.
National studies have shown that food allergy is a growing public health problem. The CDC reports a 50 percent increase in food allergies among children from 1997 to 2011. Within just 11 years, the number of children with peanut allergy tripled. Every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room.
No one should live in fear that a bite of the wrong food could trigger a life-threatening reaction. Please join our efforts to make the world safe for people with food allergies.
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in 13 children in the United States – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was formed in 2012 as the result of a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative.
FARE’s mission is to ensure the safety and inclusion of individuals with food allergies while relentlessly seeking a cure.
We do this by:
- Providing evidence-based education and resources,
- Undertaking advocacy at all levels of government,
- Increasing awareness of food allergies as a serious public health issue, and
- Investing in world-class research that advances treatment and understanding of the disease.