What does the FARE nomination mean to this Allergic Traveler? Well to begin with, what is the FARE nomination? It is best described in their own words; FARE’s mission statement is “to make the world safe for people with food allergies.” To be nominated for an award you need to fall into the following category, “you are an individual or an entity who works to make that vision a reality, and who support F
ARE in its mission to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies.” Before getting into the details of the award, let me tell you first how I came to know and appreciate FARE.
My Intro to FARE
Having food allergies my entire life, you would have thought that I would have known them for many years. Alas this was not the case. I only became familiar with FARE after I launched Allergic Traveler in 2011. Knowing in my heart how important Allergic Traveler’s mission is (to enable those with food allergies to have the courage to travel and eat out), I knew I wanted to partner up with the organization making the biggest difference in the food allergy community.
I joined forces with FARE and sponsored many of their Walks across the country. To meet young children from Atlanta to New York, raising funds to bring more awareness to the food a
llergy community was truly humbling. During the very first Walk Allergic Traveler attended, I could not help but think, I wish I had this peer network when I was a child with food allergies. Back then, my sister and I were the only kids at school or in the neighborhood with food allergies. Not once have I ever regretted having food allergies. I actually look at it as a gift. If it were not for my food allergies, I would have never met so many remarkable people, parents, kids and companies with such a passi
on to make my eating experience a little safe. Imagine! Truly I am spoiled to have so many advocates in my corner.
Who is FARE
FARE is one of the many remarkable organizations advocating for those of us with food allergies. They provide services, grants, education, camps, clinics, walks, research and so much more. I applaud them for all they do. Food allergies are by no means “main stream” but FARE is making it their purpose to continually push forward in the advancement of awareness of food allergies. If you are so inclined, I encourage you to make a donation. Your funds go toward making that little kid with food allergies feel extra special!
About the Award
The FARE award is for businesses, schools, individuals, companies, allergists, and teenagers were all nominated from across the country for their continuous dedication to our plea. Please join me in congratulating all the nominees for their endless efforts. I do not know where we would be without them. I want to personally thank Fare for making this kid feel extra special. The award ceremony will be held in Washington DC on Nov 3. Safe travels to all and congratulations on all your hard work.
Author: Tarah Jakubiak
After working for 20 years in the corporate world, Tarah Jakubiak founded Allergic Traveler. Jakubiak, president of Allergic Traveler has traveled the world since the age of two. She has been to 24 countries and 26 states. Jakubiak has been to all inclusives, gone on cruises, gone camping; backpacking through Europe, gone to the big cities, and little hidden gems. She has multiple food allergies but it does not stop her from seeing the world. Jakubiak is allergic to eggs, nuts, mushroom, soy, garlic, corn, sesame, potatoes, celery, shellfish, chicken, pork, peanuts, and many fruits. She is originally from Montreal, Quebec and now lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband.