Colleges Preparing to Better Accommodate Students with Food Allergies

The FARE College Food Allergy Program, which originally included a dozen schools, was introduced in 2014 with the goal of providing students with food allergies a safer college experience. Now, 13 additional colleges have joined the program, broadening the reach of this national initiative.


Since the launch of the program, FARE has:

Additionally, FARE has launched a matching funds program to support on-campus efforts to better serve students with food allergies. In 2016, FARE expects to award $100,000 in funds to support projects, programs or events that colleges and universities demonstrate will improve the experiences of students with food allergies on their campus.

Participating Schools

The newly added schools are:

  • Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)
  • Colgate University (Hamilton, New York)
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan)
  • North Dakota State College of Science (Wahpeton, North Dakota)
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana)
  • Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, New York)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, California)
  • The University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
  • University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, Illinois)
  • University of New Hampshire (Durham, New Hampshire)
  • University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • Worcester Polytechnic University (Worcester, Massachusetts)

The schools who joined the program in April 2015 are:

  • College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Mass.)
  • George Mason University (Fairfax, Va.)
  • King’s College (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)
  • North Carolina State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Southern California
  • Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, Ind.)
  • Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.)

“Participating in FARE’s college pilot program allowed us to train 64 chefs and supervisors, 74 cooks, line staff and student leads and 220 resident advisors on food allergies and celiac disease,” said Christine Carlson, a registered dietitian and assistant director of the Student Union at University of Arizona.

Colleges and universities that join the program in 2016 will receive free access to dining services and resident advisor training, an in-person dining services assessment from FARE, and ongoing access to FARE staff for questions, review and feedback.

Future Expansions of the College Program

FARE is currently accepting applications for the FARE College Food Allergy Program and expects to have a total of 40 schools signed onto the program by the end of the year.

FARE invites schools interested in applying for the program or accessing free resources, including the Pilot Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Higher Education, to visit www.foodallergy.org/collegeprogram or email collegeprogram@foodallergy.org.

FARE is proud to be partnering with food allergy experts, college and university representatives, the Association on Higher Education and Disability, MenuTrinfo and foodservice industry representatives from Premier REACH, Sodexo and Compass Group on this program and is grateful for the generous support of our donors and volunteers who make this program possible.

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