Alabama’s Representative Terri Sewell Joins the National Fight: Courage at Congress

L: Erie Foster, R: Tanisha Foster, CEO of Chop Friendly

We are getting it done!  Yes, we are getting behind the work and pushing hard to making The FASTER Act a reality!  With much grit and diligence, Chop Friendly is advocating on behalf of FARE‘s Courage at Congress campaign and the food allergy community all with our efforts paying off here in the south.  Alabama State Representative Terri Sewell  has agreed to Co-Sponsor The FASTER Act H.R. 2117 along with 68 other state representatives signing on! (see growing list of co-sponsors

Representatives all over the country including representatives in the southeast regions courageously stand with us. ( Rep. Cunningham, Joe [D-SC-1], Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11], Rep. Luria, Elaine G. [D-VA-2], Rep. Cline, Ben [R-VA-6], Rep. Spanberger, Abigail Davis [D-VA-7], Rep. Riggleman, Denver [R-VA-5], Rep. Cooper, Jim [D-TN-5], Rep. Burchett, Tim [R-TN-2, Rep. Murphy, Stephanie N. [D-FL-7], Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8], Rep. McHenry, Patrick T. [R-NC-10, and Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18].)

The rain could not stop us from setting up at the Annual Jefferson County Congress in your Community (CIYC) Town Hall and Resource Fair, a community event serving residents in the area of health, housing, and environmental needs.  There, we further addressed with Rep Sewell our concerns on the growing number of individuals living with food allergies and the critical steps needed to halt its epidemic.

To recap our previous blog , the FASTER Act, introduced by California’s state representative Doris Matsui, will serve to increase the safety and health welfare of those living with food allergies.  More than doubling from 15 million to 32 million Americans affected in just a decade, food allergies are becoming an increasing concern for public safety.  With the FASTER Act in place, more funds will be allocated toward research for advancements in treatments and even a cure for food allergies are on the horizon

The first of its kind, the FASTER Act will not only increase the funds needed for treatments and a cure, but will:

  • Require the CDC to collect information about who has food allergies, what allergies they have, and which types of allergies occur most often
  • Update food allergy labeling law to include allergies that emerge from research including sesame seed.
  • Determine the toll on our country’s economy due to the exposure and allergy related incidences.

Together we will let the world know that we are resilient and wont stop fighting for this cause. Thank you so much to Congresswoman Terri Sewell and each and every representative who are fighting alongside us until victory is won!

Continue on this “Journey with Us” to track progress of our Courage at Congress with The FASTER Act.

Birmingham’s Mayor Randall Woodfin and Chop Friendly’s CEO Tanisha Foster
From L-R: Erie Foster, CF Ambassador; Tanisha Foster, Chop Friendly CEO ; Myesha Hutchinson, Jefferson County Outreach Director; Lisa Carrington-Story, Chop Friendly Ambassador
L-R: Erie Foster, Chop Friendly Ambassador; Tanisha Foster, Chop Friendly CEO
LR-Tanisha Foster, Chop Friendly CEO; Melinda Williams, Alabama’s District 7 Director
L-R: Birmingham’s Mayor Randall Woodfin; Crystal Gray, Chop Friendly Ambassador

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