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Advocating for the Food Allergy Community

By March 7, 2024All Programs

Katie Sullivan, Advancement Coordinator at Princeton Montessori School, traveled to Washington D.C. this week with her daughter, Claire (a former PMonts student of many years), to advocate on behalf of the food allergy community. This issue is personal for them, as Claire was diagnosed with multiple food allergies as an infant.

The advocacy event was sponsored by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), a charitable organization with the mission to improve the quality of life and health of the 33 million Americans with food allergies through transformative research, education, and advocacy. Approximately 250 advocates flew in from around the country to meet with their state offices and push for better laws for people with food allergies. Top legislative efforts include The Adina Act, which would require medication and over-the-counter drugs to be labeled for the top 9 allergens, and Dillon’s Law, which promotes widespread epinephrine training in order to save lives.

During the trip, Katie and Claire met with the offices of reps Bonnie Watson Coleman, Robert Menendez, and Donald Payne Jr, as well as Senator Cory Booker’s office.

Parenting a child with food allergies can be challenging, but Katie is grateful for Princeton Montessori School’s ongoing commitment to allergy-awareness, food allergy accommodations, and being a nut-sensitive school environment.

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