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FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK
May 7-13, 2017

Food Allergy Awareness Week provides a unique opportunity to help raise awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis. Each of us works in our own way to raise awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis. When we all work together and focus our efforts over the course of one week, it amplifies our message and reaches many more people than any one of us could do alone.

Thanks to your energy and dedication, this event continues to grow each year, increasing the reach of our public awareness and education efforts. There are many ways you can get involved this year.

*NEW: FAACT's DRESS DOWN DAY for FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS (logo attached)

Does your child attend a private school? Ask your school principal if they would participate in FAACT's Dress Down Day for Food Allergy Awareness where each student brings in $1 to be "out of uniform" for the day.

For any public or private school, ask your school principal if the students can wear "teal" during Food Allergy Awareness Week, and each student can donate $1 to help raise awareness for food allergies and anaphylaxis.

All proceeds will be donated to FAACT to further enhance our education programs. These are easy and fun ways to create food allergy awareness throughout the month of May.

*NEW: FAACT's WALK AROUND THE BLOCK (logo attached)

Will your school walk to raise awareness? Ask your school principal if they would participate in
FAACT's Walk Around the Block. The school can organize a fun walk around the block one day during Food Allergy Awareness Week for students and school personnel. Each person can donate $1 to walk.

*NEW: FAACT's Food Allergy Awareness Week Proclamation Kit (PDF)

CHANGE for FAACT CAMPAIGN! (logo attached)

You can help make change for people living with food allergies through CHANGE FOR FAACT! It’s simple. Get your class or entire school to sponsor a CHANGE FOR FAACT coin drive, ask local restaurants and other businesses to place a jar up front, or canvass your neighborhood. While collecting coins, you can help spread awareness about food allergies. Just collecting your loose change at the end of the day will make a big difference! All donations will directly support FAACT’s education and advocacy programs.

AND, any donations totaling $500 or more will qualify for a raffle to win a tuition-FREE week at Camp TAG in the location of your choice!

Want to Join CHANGE for FAACT? Here’s what to do…

1.  Set up an empty jar to collect loose change in a central place in your house and notify family members that you are collecting CHANGE FOR FAACT during the month of May. Ask them to participate by emptying loose change into the jar each day. At the end of the month, count the collected change and write a check payable to FAACT for that amount.  You can also visit our Web site to make your donation. Don’t forget to take pictures of your change jar! Send them to Stacey.Stratton@FoodAllergyAwareness.org, and we will post them on FAACT's Facebook page.

2.  Ask your classmates or school to participate in CHANGE FOR FAACTDownload free posters listed below under Additional Resources along with the Top 10 FAACTs about Food Allergies Poster and distribute them to teachers and classmates. Ask students to bring in spare change during the entire month of May. At the end of the month, collect all the change and write a check payable to FAACT for that amount. You can also visit our Web site to make your donation. Don’t forget to take pictures of all your change jars and the final total! Send them to Stacey.Stratton@FoodAllergyAwareness.org, and we will post them on our Facebook page.

3. Print FAACT's "Top 10 FAACTs about Food Allergies" Poster and take them with you on a walk around your neighborhood. Ask neighbors for loose change and spread the word about food allergies. Visit local restaurants and other businesses and ask them to put a donation jar at the cash register. At the end of May, count your collected change and write a check payable to FAACT for that amount. You can also visit our Web site to make your donation. Don’t forget to take pictures of your neighborhood drive in action! Send them to Stacey.Stratton@FoodAllergyAwareness.org, and we will post them on our Facebook page.

Additional resources:
Print FAACT's "Newly Diagnosed with Food Allergies" Poster.
Print FAACT's "Preventing Cross-Contact" Poster.


Other Food Allergy Awareness Activities and Tools:

  • Introduce your students to common food allergens and safety protocols while encouraging empathy for classmates with a food allergy. Share FAACT's Food Allergy Curricula Program for Schools with the teacher-designed PowerPoint presentations, lesson plans, and activities in this free curriculum.
  • FAACT bookmarks & posters to share with family, friends, and school personnel. It’s an easy – and useful – way to share important information about food allergies. Order your FAACT Bookmarks & Posters today to be shipped in time for FAAW!
  • Change your Profile and Cover photos on social media to FAACT's 'Know the FAACTs' for Food Allergy Awareness Week/Month.
  • Raise awareness in your community and send a press release to your local newspaper and/or schedule a radio interview. Not sure where to start? Download FAACT’s 2017 press release and personalize it for your community and/or schedule a radio interview.
  • Request a proclamation from your governor or local elected official(s). Arrange for a public signing and/or photo opportunity and share the event with local media (papers, TV, radio, etc.).
  • Print out and distribute FAACT’s Informational Flyer in your community. Encourage local allergist and pediatrician’s office to distribute the flyer to their patients. Encourage school professionals, healthcare professionals, restaurant & food service personnel, family, teens, and friends to distribute the flyer throughout their networks.
  • Use social media to educate your friends and family about food allergies and anaphylaxis. See FAACT’s messages below for each day under “Share the FAACTs”.
  • Post a blog about Food Allergy Awareness Week.
  • Start a food allergy support group! Visit FAACT’s support group development Web page to get started.

Host a fundraiser. Simple activities you can organize in your community include a:

  • Car wash
  • Local food allergy walk
  • Book sale
  • Raise $1 a day to donate to FAACT to further our education and advocacy efforts

Educate yourself to become a better advocate for yourself and others:


How Can Schools and Communities Get Involved?

Educate school personnel with 'FAACTs for Schools' program. 'FAACTs for Schools' contains an overview of food allergies including current best practices based on the Centers for Disease Control’s “Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools”. With a pretest, post evaluation and complete talking points, this presentation can be used by parents or educators to educate school personnel nationwide.

Share a reminder each day during morning announcements (grade appropriate).  Examples:

  • Always wash hands.

  • Don’t share food.

  • Get help if a food allergic friend feels sick.

  • Set up food allergy educational stations throughout schools and in office buildings.*

  • Teachers can read food allergy books to their students, or have the class participate in an activity.*

  • Librarian’s can read and have available food allergy related books to check out.

  • Order a shipment of FREE educational books to distribute among educators within your school and/or district. 


Train Your School Staff with the Following Tools:


Share the FAACTs!

A simple statement can be enough to change the way one thinks about food allergies and anaphylaxis. It all starts with education!

Simply copy, paste, and share one fact each day - via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and more! Request family members & friends to participate by sharing your status! Include FAACT’s website information after each fact to encourage viewers to learn more: www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org, and include FAACT's Twitter handle @FAACTNews and hashtags #FAACT and #foodallergy.

  • Day One:
    Twitter: #FoodAllergies affect approximately 15 million Americans, including 6 million children. #FAACT #foodallergy www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org

    Facebook:  Food Allergies affect approximately 15 million Americans, including 6 million children. #FAACT #foodallergy #foodallergies #anaphylaxis #FAAW www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org

  • Day Two:
    Twitter: There is no cure for #foodallergies. Strict avoidance is the only way to prevent a reaction. #FAACT #foodallergy www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org

    Facebook: There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance is the only way to prevent a reaction. #FAACT #foodallergy #foodallergies #anaphylaxis #FAAW www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org

  • Day Three:
    Twitter:  #FoodAllergy is NOT a food intolerance. #FoodAllergies involve immune system (IgE) & can be life-threatening. #FAACT www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org%20

    Facebook: A food allergy is NOT the same as food intolerance, i.e. intolerance to lactose, gluten sensitivity, or Celiac Disease (an autoimmune gastrointestinal disorder, IgA/IgG). Food allergies involve the immune system (IgE) and can be life-threatening. #FAACT #foodallergy #anaphylaxis #FAAW www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org

  • Day Four:
    Twitter: #Anaphylaxis is a serious #allergic reaction that comes on quickly & has potential 2 become life-threatening. #FAACT #foodallergy #FAAW www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org

    Facebook: Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that comes on quickly & has potential 2 become life-threatening. #FAACT #anaphylaxis #FAAW www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org

  • Day Five:
    Twitter: Prompt administration of #epinephrine is crucial 2 surviving a potentially life-threating #allergic rx. Always carry 2 epinephrine devices!

    Facebook: Prompt administration of epinephrine is crucial to surviving a potentially life-threating reaction. Always carry two (2) auto-injectable epinephrine devices with you, and know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction. #FAACT #foodallergy #anaphylaxis #FAAW www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org

  • Day Six:
    Twitter: Past #reactions to a #foodallergy do not predict future reactions! You can still have a life-threatening rx to a #food U R #allergic to.

    Facebook: Past reactions to a food allergy do not predict future reactions! You can still have a life-threatening reaction to a food you are allergic to, even if you have never had a serious reaction before. #FAACT #foodallergy #anaphylaxis #FAAW www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org

  • Day Seven:
    Twitter: Eating away from home can significantly increase #risk 4 individuals w/#foodallergies. Learn how to reduce your risk when #diningout. #FAACT

    Facebook: Eating away from home can significantly increase risk for individuals with food allergies. Learn how to reduce your risk when dining out. #FAACT #foodallergy #diningout #anaphylaxis #FAAW www.FoodAllergyAwareness.org