Frequently Asked Questions
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Food Allergy Heroes Walk began as a grassroots movement and has since grown into a thriving national walk program. It is the critical vehicle for FARE to create local and national impact through fundraising for research, education, advocacy, and broad awareness. It’s also an opportunity for our community to connect with each other, unite behind the cause, and leverage our shared strength to achieve our goal of a safer, more enjoyable world for people living with food allergies. All walks are family-friendly events, and they take place nationwide.
Hometown Heroes Community Walk is a meaningful and unique experience for food allergy families, friends, and individuals, and it is our goal as an organization to bring that experience to life for more people nationwide, to achieve more impact and more reach. In order to realize that future potential of the program, we must grow. And to grow, we must raise funds.
Fundraising fuels research. Fundraising fuels education. Fundraising fuels programs and support. Fundraising is the vehicle of impact that will make this world a safer place for everyone affected by food allergies. It is through fundraising, and through strengthening our community, that the world in which we want to live will become a reality, both at a global level and a local level.
A focus on fundraising does not diminish the hopeful community experience that means so much to so many of us. Rather, coming together as a group, united in a shared passion, and driven by a common goal, furthers our bond and strengthens our commitment to one another, and to those we love.
With every dollar raised, we can make a meaningful impact. Every dollar makes a difference.
Funds raised through the walk support national and local initiatives which help support people living with food allergies. These initiatives include: cutting-edge research, school-based training programs, advocacy at the federal and state levels on behalf of the food allergy community, educational programs and resources, and broad public awareness.
It’s easy to participate! Simply register to walk as a team captain and form a team, or register as an individual walker or part of a team. When you participate, your key role is to raise funds. Whether you do this as an individual, part of a team, or as a team captain, we welcome you.
There is no registration fee to participate, but your fundraising is critical to the continued work FARE does in your community. We encourage you to reach out to your networks for donations through our online fundraising pages, which you can access when you register. We also encourage you to make a self-donation when you register to inspire others to contribute to your cause.
Yes! We want to reward our top fundraisers because you are special to us. We have both individual and team fundraising incentives.
Individual incentives: When you register to walk and raise $100, you receive a walk t-shirt. When you register to walk and raise $250, you receive a walk t-shirt and a drawstring bag. When you register to walk and raise $500, you receive a walk t-shirt, a drawstring bag, and a metallic water bottle.
Team incentives: The team captain of any team that raises $500 or more will receive a keepsake, one-of-a-kind walk photo frame. Top fundraising teams who raise $1,000 or more will be distinguished as part of our Heroes Club program and they will receive beads to wear on walk day. Teams that raise $2,500 or more receive a special, personalized team sign to carry on the walk route.
Check out our incentives guide to learn more!
Walks are generally between one mile and three miles in length, roughly a 30 to 90 minute walk. The exact distance varies by walk site, so check your local walk site for more information. Walks are always family and stroller friendly, on easy to navigate paths.
We try to have walks in communities all around the country, but we can't be in every city. If there's not a walk in your area, you can still organize an event of your own with the support of FARE through the Hometown Heroes: Community Walks program. These community walks are so important to FARE, because we need to spread our mission and programs as far as we can. Visit foodallergy.org/hometownheroes to learn more.
One Step to Impact Millions
Support safe, productive lives with respect of others through education and advocacy.
Enhance the healthcare access to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment.
Encourage and fund research that promises new therapies.