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Legislation #: 170367 Introduction Date: 5/18/2017
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS MCMANUS, BARNES JR., JAMES, JR., CANADY, WAGNER, SHIELDS, TAYLOR, LOAR, HALL, LUCAS, FOWLER AND JUSTUS
Title: Declaring May 14-20, 2017, as Food Allergy Awareness Week in Kansas City, Missouri.

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5/15/2017 Filed by the Clerk's office
5/18/2017 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 170367

 

Declaring May 14-20, 2017, as Food Allergy Awareness Week in Kansas City, Missouri.

WHEREAS, as many as 15 million Americans have food allergies with nearly 6 million being children under the age of 18; and

 

WHEREAS, research shows that the prevalence of food allergy is increasing among children; and

 

WHEREAS, eight foods cause the majority of all food allergy reactions in the U.S., shellfish, fish, milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, and wheat with symptoms of a food-allergic reaction can include hives, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory distress, and swelling of the throat; and

 

WHEREAS, food allergy results in more than 200,000 Emergency Department visits each year and reactions typically occur when an individual unknowingly eats a food containing an ingredient to which they are allergic; and

 

WHEREAS, there is no cure for a food allergy, and scientists do not understand why. Strict avoidance of the offending food is the only way to prevent an allergic reaction; and

 

WHEREAS, anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death; and

 

WHEREAS, Food Equality Initiative (FEI) is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health and ending hunger in low income individuals diagnosed with food allergies and Celiac disease through access to safe and healthy foods, nutrition education, and advocacy; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby declare May 14-20, 2017, as Food Allergy Awareness Week in Kansas City, Missouri; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Food Equality Initiative with the Mayor and Council encouraging the residents of Kansas City to increase their understanding and awareness of food allergies and food insecurity by visiting http://www.foodequalityinitiative.org/.

 

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