Food allergies are a growing concern for families. As you plan summer events for your organization, it’s important to think carefully about the meals and snacks you’ll serve. Consider these statistics from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE):
- Food allergies affect up to 15 million Americans, including 1 in 13 children.
- Eight major food groups are responsible for the majority of the serious allergic reactions. More than 170 foods have been reported to cause allergic reactions.
- A food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room every 3 minutes.
- U.S. families shell out nearly $25 billion annually to cover the costs of caring for children with food allergies.
To shed light on the seriousness and severity of the problem, FARE recognizes Food Allergy Awareness Week every May, and 2017 marks the 20th year. In honor of Food Allergy Awareness Week, we’ve rounded up a few resources to help you better protect the people served by your organization.
For more information on food allergies, visit foodallergy.org.