FARE & Friends Making the Case on Capitol Hill

Two days of attending presentations and advocating with our legislators in Washington, DC gave us a very positive outlook on the future of protecting our love ones who have life-threatening allergies. Read all about the topics discussed and the specific legislation we are advocating for, along with numerous photos of the 150 people of all ages who attended. Next year FARE hopes to fly in five hundred activists and advocates, so Washington will know we will not be ignored!

Members of the New York State FARE contingent at US Capitol building

Edited by Jon Terry
March 11th, 2020

Greetings. On March 3rd and 4th the Food Allergy Research Education (FARE) organization hosted the “Courage at Congress Advocacy Day to Fight Food Allergies.” Your Allergy Advocacy Association proudly participated in conference and lobbying activities.

On Tuesday March 3rd FARE hosted informational meetings at Le Meridian Hotel in Arlington. Subjects included:

  • Digital Advocacy
  • FARE State of the Union
  • State of the Science: Moving to New Therapies and Cures
  • FARE Legislative Priorities: Making the Case on Capitol Hill

On Wednesday March 4th conference activists attended meetings with Congressmen and Senators at the Capitol. Lawmakers were encouraged to co-sponsor two important bills:

  • H.R. 2117 the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act. The bill currently has 73 co-sponsors. FASTER covers a wide range of elements, including: CDC funding to gather disease prevalence data, the inclusion of sesame as a top food allergen under the FALCPA labeling law, a directive to study the costs to the consumer of food allergies, support for drug development and more.
  • H.R. 2468 the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act; also known as SAMPRO. This act would amend the Public Health Service Act to benefit states that have instituted comprehensive asthma and allergies management programs in schools. Such states would have increased preference when asthma-related grants are awarded.

Please see photos listed below. Enjoy!

FARE members and activists at the Capitol
New York contingent outside U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer's office
(L.-R.) Jill Mindlin, A.N. Other, Stacey Saiontz, Jared Saiontz, Toni Tailor, Toni Gaudiosi
(L.-R.) Sarah Ackerman, Toni Gaudiosi, Jon Terry, Jill Mindlin, Jason Linde
Conference attendees at Le Meridian Hotel conference center Arlington, VA
Activists at Congresswoman Nina Lowey's office
Young FARE activists with Donna Brazile, former Chair of the Democratic National Committee and Fox News Contributor

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