Can We Get Food Allergy Safety Training in Restaurants?

Virginia is very close to requiring food allergy safety training in Restaurants.

CBS6 reported the progress last night: 

We need your help now. How many restaurants are you able to eat in safely? Ever had a bad experience dining out? Please share these stories!

I found out yesterday that this bill was started by a teen who attended the FARE Teen Summit. IF you are a parent who support this bill - ask your child to write a letter to their delegate. Sometimes the voices of our children are heard louder than our own.

THIS is who you need to contact - WRITE an EMAIL or LETTER today

 You can read the entire bill here:

Important News - Virginia SB1167

Important News about the expanded epinephrine bill proposed in Virginia, SB1167

Your help is needed and here are the tools for our success:

SB1167-which will expand access of life saving epinephrine to business and other entities, will be presented to the Senate Health Committee on (Date TBA).

Committee members need to hear from you that this bill is important to the citizens of VA.  Click on this link to find the contact information of your Senator.  Simply click on each member’s name to find data.

•      Step One: Write a short letter to each Senate Health Committee.
•      Step Two: Write a letter to YOUR representative. Click on this link, to FIND MY LEGISLATOR.

Below is a sample letter...

The Honorable Steve Martin
Senate Education and Health
General Assembly Building
Capitol Square
Richmond, VA 23219

 RE:  Support SB1167 (Hanger) Epinephrine Saves Lives

I would like you to consider voting in favor of expanded stock epinephrine since there is no method to predict when or how severe an allergic reaction will be.

·         In 2014 Stock Epinephrine was used in Virginia Schools over 300 times
·         1 out of 4 children were experiencing their first reaction
·         The parent who doesn't know their child needs epinephrine can't provide it
·         The person who doesn’t know they have an allergy can’t prepare for it

Although my own child has severe allergies, we already carry epinephrine. I want stock epinephrine for the child who takes my summer art class at VMFA and experiences their first reaction while in my care. I’ll either save that child with stock epinephrine, or wish I could.

In 2012 Virginia was a leader in School Epinephrine Access in the United States. Now, 48 states have School Access to Epinephrine:

Build on our success!  Florida has already passed HB 1131 to allow public venues to carry and store epinephrine auto-injectors for emergency use by the public:

As a parent with an understanding of severe allergies, I have a personal responsibility to teach my child to prevent reactions, carry epinephrine and speak about our experience to raise awareness, compassion and understanding. I'm available at your convenience if you wish to discuss this further, or have any questions.


Tiffany Glass Ferreira
(Physical/Mailing Address)


Leading Food Allergy Organizations Announce Completion of Merger and Introduce New Name

Merger Between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative Finalized
FAIRFAX, VA and NEW YORK (Nov. 12, 2012) – The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) and the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) today announced the completion of their merger, marking a tremendous milestone for the food allergy community. The new organization, known as FARE, will be dedicated to food allergy research and education with the mission of ensuring the safety and inclusion of individuals with food allergies while relentlessly seeking a cure.
FARE combines FAAN’s expertise as the most trusted source of information, programs and resources related to food allergies with FAI’s leadership as the world’s largest private source of funding for food allergy research. The organizations first announced their intent to merge in May and recently received the final regulatory approvals.

Building on the significant accomplishments of FAAN and FAI over the past two decades, FARE will fund world-class research that advances treatment and understanding, provide evidence-based education and resources, undertake advocacy at all levels of government, and work to increase awareness of food allergies as a serious public health issue.

“FARE is committed to serving all those affected by food allergies through research, education, advocacy and awareness,” said John Lehr, CEO of FARE. “Food allergies are a serious and growing public health issue touching every aspect of our society, and it is critical for all of us – whether food-allergic or not – to know how to properly manage this potentially life-threatening condition.”
The merger comes at a crucial time in the national discourse around food allergies. This potentially life-threatening medical condition, which has no cure, affects as many as 15 million people in the U.S., including one in every 13 children – or roughly two in every classroom. With nearly 40 percent of these children already having experienced a severe or life-threatening food-allergic reaction, the need for a cure – and for increased education about the impact of this condition – is urgent.
Through the end of 2012, FAAN and FAI events, public communications and websites will continue with the existing organizations’ names. FARE will debut its new logo and website, which will be located at, in early 2013.

The new organization will be headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In addition to existing offices in New York and Chicago, FARE will have five regional offices covering the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, Southwest and West to help expand fundraising and outreach activities.

About FARE

Founded in 2012 as a result of a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative, FARE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to food allergy research and education with the mission of ensuring the safety and inclusion of individuals with food allergies while relentlessly seeking a cure. Food allergies are potentially life-threatening and affect as many as 15 million people in the United States, including 5.9 million children. FARE funds world-class research that advances treatment and understanding of food allergies, provides evidence-based education and resources, undertakes advocacy at all levels of government, and increases awareness of food allergies as a serious public health issue. For more information, please visit

Media Contact

Nancy Gregory
Media Relations
(703) 563-3066

Event - Spirit of Advocacy

9th Annual Children’s Hospital of Richmond
Spirit of Advocacy

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Brook Road Campus Auditorium
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
2924 Brook Road, Richmond, VA
Doors open at 6.

Don’t Go Nuts:
Be Your Child’s Advocate Against Food Allergies
This special program is FREE and will provide information on ways to keep children with food allergies safe at school and in the community. The program will explore food allergy risks, awareness and partnership opportunities with educational and community resources.

2012 Spirit of Advocacy Award winners will be announced in the categories of family, community and faculty/staff.

Please register by September 29, 2012.
Call 804-228-5836 or e-mail


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