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Happy Fall, MOCHA Family!

No matter the age of our children, there is something about this time of year that sparks a feeling of pressure and reminds us of the extra steps needed to get food-allergic children safely back to school. As parents, in each stage of advocacy, whether it be the parent's responsibility or teaching your kids how to advocate for themselves, the concern doesn't diminish - will people understand the severity of food allergies, and will they be prepared if an emergency happens? In this Enews, you will find many ideas and resources to help educate and inform those who interact with your child.  


Review. Revise. Refresh. A quick checklist of things to consider: 

  • Do you have an Individual Healthcare Plan with the school nurse, and has it been disseminated to staff?
  • Is there epinephrine at school?
  • Do you have plans for lunch? 
  • Is there a notification system informing substitute teachers of your child's allergies? 
  • Do after-school coaches/staff/supervisors know about your child's allergies and steps to take for a reaction?
  • Is the bus driver informed and prepared with a plan? 


With education and advocacy, your child can have a safe and happy school year; prevention and awareness are the best steps to protect our children. Of course, we hope that exposure will never happen. Still, accidents are never planned, so feel confident in managing exposure by having an emergency healthcare plan that everyone is aware of and will carry out.  

Help us deliver the right information to you and complete the MOCHA feedback survey today! 

Stay Safe!

Denise, Anne, and the MOCHA Interns


Feel confident sending your child back to school! Below are a list of resources to ensure a smooth transition. 



Learn More Here

  • Friday, September 23- Sunday, September 25, 2022- Food Allergy Summit, Orlando FL
  • Tuesday, October 11-Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - Contains: Courage Research Retreat
  • Tuesday, November 9-Thursday, November 10, 2022-Food Service Summit
  • Various Times- Child Chats Teen Talks, College Chats

FAACT's Seventh Annual Teen Retreat

  • Friday, October 28, through Sunday, October 30, 2022 
  • The Hyatt Lodge & Conference Center in Oak Brook, Illinois
  • Register Here

Michigan Medicine, Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center, Conversations with a Food Allergy Counselor

  • Scheduled for the third Thursday of each month at 1pm ET
  • Register Here

Allergy & Asthma Network & Global Food Therapy 

  • Saturday, October 1-Sunday, October 2, 2022- 2nd Annual Global Food Allergy Summit 
  • Register Here


The Food Allergy Summit From FARE Is Back!

The FARE Food Allergy Summit will return this year in Orlando, Florida on September 23-25, 2022! This in-person event will bring together people who are impacted by food allergies for three days of educational sessions, insightful discussions and meaningful connections. All are welcome – including adults, parents, teens (11 and up), and nutrition professionals! 

Register here!

Contains: Courage® Research Retreat

Save the date! 

FARE’s Contains: Courage® Research Retreat 2022 will bring together clinicians, industry representatives, and investigators in academia and clinical care to share and learn about the latest advancements in food allergy biology, treatment, prevention and patient-centered care.

Food Service Summit 2022

Save the date! 

November 1-3rd. This annual event brings together leaders in food service to discuss and share the latest in food allergy accommodations outside the home.

Emergency Care Plan

Feel prepared going back to school with FARE's Emergency Care Plan. 

Customize your own plan here


Global Access to Psychological Services for Food Allergy 

Exploring psychological service needs for individuals with food allergy and caregivers

CFAAR's Dr. Lisa Lombard is conducting interviews looking at need/use of psychological services among individuals with food allergies. To be eligible to participate, individuals must either be adults aged 18 years or older, with a clinically diagnosed food allergy, or parents of children aged 0-17 years, with a clinically diagnosed food allergy. Although this is not a clinical intervention, some people may find it interesting to speak with Dr. Lombard (a licensed clinical psychologist) as they clarify their ideas and track their experiences. 

If you are an adult with Food Allergies:

If you have a child with Food Allergies:

Calling on College Students and Recent College Graduates!

Our research team at CFAAR is working on a project aimed to learn more about the needs of college students with food allergies nationwide.

We are looking for college students (sophomore – senior) or recent college graduates to complete an anonymous survey that will only take about 5-15 minutes to complete. Students with and without food allergy are both invited to participate.

This survey will help researchers help identify areas which need improvement on college campuses so they can better support students with food allergy.

If you are interested in participating, click the survey link provided below and read through the consent form before proceeding.

Please share this post with your college aged students, friends, and family members. The more students we can enroll, the richer our data shall be!

Risk factors for SARS-CoV-2 infection and transmission in households with children with asthma and allergy: A prospective surveillance study

Authors: Seibold MA, Moore CM, Everman JL, Williams BJM, Nolin JD, Fairbanks-Mahnke A, Plender EG, Patel BB, Arbes SJ, Bacharier LB, Bendixsen CG, Calatroni A, Camargo CA Jr, Dupont WD, Furuta GT, Gebretsadik T, Gruchalla RS, Gupta RS, Khurana Hershey GK, Murrison LB, Jackson DJ, Johnson CC, Kattan M, Liu AH, Lussier SJ, O'Connor GT, Rivera-Spoljaric K, Phipatanakul W, Rothenberg ME, Seroogy CM, Teach SJ, Zoratti EM, Togias A, Fulkerson PC, Hartert TV; HEROS study team.

The aim of this study was to determine the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in households with children and to determine whether self-reported asthma and/or other allergic diseases are associated with infection and household transmission. For 6 months, biweekly nasal swabs and weekly surveys were conducted within 1394 households to identify incident SARS-CoV-2 infections from May 2020 to February 2021, which was the pandemic period largely before a vaccine and before the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants. 

The study found that asthma does not increase the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, and that food allergy is associated with lower infection risk, whereas body mass index is associated with increased infection risk. Read more here

"What to Know About the Latest Advances in Managing Severe Asthma"

“I think one of the biggest challenges, especially with severe asthma, is that patients feel fine a lot of the time, and it’s difficult to remember to take a medication every single day if you’re feeling good."

- Ruchi Gupta MD MPH

Read the article here. 

"Chicago must do more to erase racial disparities in childhood asthma"


"Where do we go from here? There’s no simple answer or quick fix. It takes collaborative and comprehensive solutions that include individual, system, and policy changes. We acknowledge that this is a complex undertaking, but it is a necessary one. All children need access to quality, affordable medical care no matter who they are, what language they speak, what health insurance they have, or where they live."

Anna Volerman MD, Andrea Pappalardo MD, Ruchi Gupta MD MPH, Erica Salem MPH

Read the article here


Investigators at the University of Chicago are currently testing to see if taking a fiber supplement helps improve side effects and outcomes in peanut oral immunotherapy.

  • Children ages 4-17 are eligible for participation. An oral food challenge to peanut is required to confirm peanut allergy diagnosis. During the study, children will be asked to take a fiber supplement or placebo before and during oral immunotherapy to peanut. All related expenses will be paid through a generous grant from the Duchossois Family Institute. If you are interested in learning more about this study, please call Chris Omahen at 773-702-8137 or  

SEAL Study (Stopping Eczema and Allergy Study)

  • The goal of the SEAL study is to see if a proactive investigational skin treatment in early infancy (Aveeno or EpiCeram) can reduce the occurrence and severity of eczema (red, itchy rash) and thereby prevent food allergy. Proactive in this case means that you will apply creams to your child’s body every day instead of waiting for skin problems to appear. For the study, subjects will be randomized (just like the toss of a coin) to one of these three groups: 1) Control arm, 2) Intervention arm with EpiCeram: 3) Intervention arm with Aveeno Moisturizer. If your child is eligible, participation may include clinic visits, sample collection, questionnaires as well as weekly check in calls. Compensation and valet parking will be provided. If you should have any interest or questions regarding this study, please feel free to contact our research coordinator at


With generous support from the Sunshine Charitable Foundation, UChicago Medicine hosted 1500 school nurses from across the country via Zoom for the 3rd annual Comer School Nurse Continuing Education Day. This yearly event takes place on the first Friday of August and brings together school nurses with pediatric subspecialists to help school nurses feel prepared to care for our children throughout the school year. Please help spread the word about this free opportunity to your local school nurse.


UChicago Medicine is now offering all ages OIT to peanut, egg, cow’s milk, tree nuts, and sesame. Consultations are available via telemedicine.


Contact: Jamel Mansur MD 

(p) 260-306-5454


Food Allergy Support & Education (FASE) Program

  • Food Allergy Support and Education (FASE) Program educates and supports our patients and families affected by food protein-induced immune disorders. We focus in particular on patients and families affected by IgE-mediated food allergy, but also food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) and eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). We aim to help patients and their families gain a more complete understanding of food allergy, and how they can live successfully despite it. Learn more!

The Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology is actively participating in two nationwide NIH consortium studies. Dr. Kumar is serving as the site PI for both of these. 


  • Childhood Asthma in Urban Settings (CAUSE)- Lurie Children’s is part of a nationwide consortium funded by the NIH / NIAID called CAUSE (Childhood asthma in Urban settings) which includes 7 other sites in cities across the US (Boston, DC, Cincinnati, NYC(2 sites), Colorado, and Chicago). The purpose of this consortium is to extend on 30 years of studies by the NIAID and inner city asthma investigators to decrease asthma effects in urban children who represent a disproportionate number of cases, and have worse disease. The consortium also seeks to understand the mechanisms by which asthma has worse control in urban children and to develop new strategies to combat asthma in these children. Current studies include:
  • PANDA - The first of these studies is called PANDA (Prevention of Asthma Exacerbation using Dupilumab in Urban children and Adolescents). Dupilumab, an antibody based medicine which blocks an arm of the allergic response, is already approved for children 6 years up to 17 years of age. However, the studies which evaluated response did not adequately represent urban children who may have numerous factors leading to asthma exacerbations. This study will do 2 things 1.) determine if the drug is effective un urban children with moderate to severe asthma and 2.) determine the ways in which the drug acts to improve asthma control, leading to new opportunities to try to target these specific mechanisms.
  • SIRA - As part of this consortium, Lurie is spearheading a precision medicine study looking at ways in which we can prevent viral illnesses from progressing to asthma like inflammation in the airways and prevent wheezing, using an inexpensive, and safe nutritional supplement. This study will start recruiting infants in January of 2023.
  • Contact:

  • Precision interventions for severe asthma (PRECISE) - This is a study funded by the NIH / NHLBI which looks to determine the effectiveness of a number of interventions in severe asthma by tailoring treatment choice to an individual’s likelihood of response, improve understanding of how to identify which medications work for which groups of individuals with asthma, and choose the next intervention for each participant. In this way, we look to determine effectiveness of multiple new treatments in severe asthma and try to find out which people are most likely to respond to a particular treatment. We are actively recruiting individuals with asthma over the age of 12 for this study.
  • Contact:


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Noteworthy Publications 


Vitamin D Supplementation Alleviates IL-13–Induced Esophageal Inflammation 

Vitamin D levels in the population have dramatically decreased, with 50% of the Western population being vitamin D insufficient (serum levels <30 ng/mL). Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with the risk and severity of numerous inflammatory diseases, including allergies and inflammatory bowel diseases. 

  • The Rothenberg CURED Lab recently published in Gut that vitamin D supplementation may alleviate allergic inflammation in the esophagus, whereas vitamin D deficiency may lead to a higher risk of developing allergic states, such as the severe food allergy eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). One of the remarkable findings in the study was that vitamin D supplementation did not have a dramatic effect on vitamin D deficient conditions in a healthy state; however, in the vitamin D deficient and allergic state, vitamin D supplementation reversed IL-13-induced responses thought to be germane to EoE, reducing epithelial hyperproliferation and intercellular spaces and improving barrier function. 

  • The study is one of the latest in a growing body of evidence illustrating how human health depends in many ways upon sufficient vitamin D levels. 

  • Read the Cincinnati Children’s science blog 


Climate Change and Allergy 

The health consequences of climate change are being increasingly recognized.  The climate change hypothesis is put forth as a substantial contributor to the growing global allergy epidemic.  A call for deeper research and action on the impact of climate change on various aspects of allergic disease mechanisms, exacerbation, and prevalence is imperative. 


Marc Rothenberg, MD, PhD recently appeared on the Eczema Breakthroughs podcast to discuss “Pollution to pollen, floods to fires: how does climate change affect children with sensitive skin?” (Episode 23, Listen to the podcast) and published a review about climate change and the allergy epidemic in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Read the article abstract). 


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Researchers convene for MHWFAC symposium

Ann Arbor — Dozens of researchers from academia and industry gathered in Ann Arbor on June 1-2 for the third annual M-FARA research conference.

“Advancing the Science of Food Allergy” was the first in-person symposium hosted by the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center (MHWFAC) at the University of Michigan, following virtual events in 2020 and 2021.

Scientists and advocates from the University of Michigan and institutions nationwide met for four plenary sessions: 

  • Clinical phenotypes of food allergy responses
  • Mechanisms in food allergy
  • Novel approaches for detection and treatment of food allergy  
  • Intervention and treatment of food allergy in the clinics                           


The conference featured a total of 15 presentations by speakers from institutions such as Harvard University, Stanford University, and the National Institutes of Health – as well as MHWFAC faculty -- on topics ranging from T cells, the gut microbiome and the study of birth cohorts to vaccines and immunotherapy.

Refresh your food-allergy savvy in less than 15 minutes
“We’ve created this video to provide a quick but comprehensive, evidence-based introduction to the various aspects of food allergy and returning to school,” said James R. Baker Jr., MD, director of the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center (MHWFAC), the food allergy research hub at the University of Michigan. “Viewers can watch all the way through or skip to a specific section for a quick refresher.”
Watch here.
Safe Transitions to School and Daycare 
Nancy Polmear-Swendris, a veteran food allergy clinic and school nurse, provides tips and skill-building aimed at preparing individuals with food allergy – and their parents, peers and educators – for the classroom environment. 
This one-hour video offers detailed tips and advice for making sure your child has a safe, welcoming and prepared school environment.  
Watch here.


New Peanut Allergy Test Reveals if Trace Amounts Risky or Not

Read the Allergic Living Article Here!

Dupixent® Trial Shows Positive Results in Children Ages 1-11 with EoE

Read the Press Release Here!

PhotoCourtesy of Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Elijah-Alavi Foundation and Belay partner to launch an accredited training course for schools and daycares. 

Learn More!

Is Needle-free Epinephrine Coming Soon?

Read the Allergic Living Article Here!

AAFA Sends Food Allergy Priorities to White House

Learn More Here!

Latitude is Open In NYC

Board certified allergist and immunologist Dr. Joanne Moreau leads the NYC team of food allergy specialists in our clinic on the Upper East Side. Learn More Here!

Food Allergy Counselor 

The FAC, is a one-of-a-kind allergy psychosocial website that offers reputable resources and content focused on helping the allergy community navigate the social and emotional impacts of allergy life. 


The FAC houses: 

Camp Blue Spruce Registration Opens for New Allergy Pals Mentorship Network!

Attention all 8th to 12th graders! Camp Blue Spruce is starting a new mentorship program, just for teens with food allergies. In conjunction with their food allergy-geared overnight camps and the Allergy Pals USA 8-week mentorship program, Camp Blue Spruce’s new Allergy Pals Network will work to foster continued connections for teens through seminars and community. The Allergy Pals network will connect teen participants from across the country, while teaching valuable allergy management and advocacy skills. Starting in October 2022, teen participants will be able to join virtual events to connect to and hear from professionals, FARE developers and teen advisors, and other allergy experts.

Registration will be available online at, or contact for more details!

Food Allergy Balance (FAB):   

Wellness consultations and skill-building practices to calm food allergy anxiety and the stress of eczema.  

Dr. Lisa Lombard, clinical psychologist and former faculty member of NU CFAAR, offers wellness services to those managing food allergies and eczema. She offers a telehealth 3-session package that is semi-structured and generates a tailored stress management audio recording for you or your child, as well as a single 90-minute consultation, because sometimes what is most helpful is connecting with someone, so you feel heard.   

To learn more about these consultation services, pricing/fees, and scheduling please contact Dr. Lombard at or visit her website


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Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research's Ask the Expert Series

Dr. William Collins discusses anxiety and quality of life in food allergy.

Watch here!

FARE'S Five-Part Food Allergy Fundamentals Webinar Series

Don't miss the new series presented by Dr. John James, which continues this September with Part IV: Food Allergy Treatment. Register here!

Watch July's Part III: Anaphylaxis

"Do I really have a food allergy?"

In this episode of the TED podcast series "Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter," CFAAR's Dr. Ruchi Gupta joins host Dr. Gunter to explore theories of how allergies evolved and to share how to get tested to see if you have one. 

Listen here!

FAACT'S Roundtable

Ep. 130: School Prep Series - Preparing Students Mentally for Middle and High School

Watch it here!

EOS Connection 2022

APFED’s annual patient-education conference.

Access Conference Recordings here!


Ep. 7: Work N' Progress 

Listen here!

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The food allergy journey: Building blocks toward independence

Listen here!

Befriending Allergy Anxiety

Want to learn strategies to help you change your mindset about your allergy (and general) anxiety rather than fight it off like an enemy? Watch licensed therapist, Tamara Hubbard's, talk with the CoFAS group.

Watch it here!


Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research

GAPS Study: CFAAR is conducting interviews looking at need/use of psychological services among individuals with food allergies. To be eligible to participate, individuals must either be adults aged 18 years or older, with a clinically diagnosed food allergy, or parents of children aged 0-17 years, with a clinically diagnosed food allergy. Although this is not a clinical intervention, some people may find it interesting to speak with Dr. Lombard (a licensed clinical psychologist) as they clarify their ideas and track their experiences. Sign up here.

Natural Scalp Mask: CFAAR is looking for children 1-17 years old with dry scalp to participate in our study by using a natural and gentle scalp mask. $80 incentive for participants who complete the full 14 day regimen. For more information or to register, please e-mail Jennifer Long at

Lurie Children's Hospital 

PARK - Preventing Asthma in High Risk Kids:  

  • This study is looking at whether giving a medication called omalizumab to high-risk young children may stop progression to asthma and/or decrease asthma severity. 

Eligibility criteria include: 

  • - Age range: 24 to 47 months of age. 
  • - 2 to 4 wheezing episodes in the past year documented on physical examination by a health care provider. 
  • - A first degree relative with a diagnosis of asthma or allergy by a medical professional, or a positive test for allergy (skin test or serum test) 


ADORED – Allergic Disease Onset Prevention Study:  

We are screening pregnant women and newborns for a study to prevent allergic disease in babies. This study will assess whether new oral treatment of beneficial bacteria given to neonates and infants for 336 days followed by a 336-day observation period works to prevent the development of allergic disease. 

Eligibility criteria include: 

  • Neonates ≤7 days of life 
  • born at ≥ 35 weeks’ gestation 
  • birthweight ≥ 2.5 kg and ≤ 4.5 kg 
  • Biological mother and/or biological father and/or full sibling(s), have a history of asthma, atopic dermatitis, food allergy, or allergic rhinitis 
  • Subject cannot be given probiotics (including infant formula containing probiotics) from the time of birth to the end of the trial 

Potentially eligible neonates will be identified during pregnancy or during the first week after birth.  


Novartis Peanut Allergy study (CQGE031G12301: 

This study is a study of a new injected anti-IgE medication (Ligelizumab 240 mg or 120 mg) given every 4 weeks helps treat peanut allergy.   

Eligibility criteria include: 

  • Age range: 6 years - 55 years of age* 
  • Documented medical history of allergy to peanuts or peanut-containing foods  
  • Participants must weigh ≥ 20 kg 

For further information about these studies, please contact the Food Allergy Research Study Team at 312-227-6474 or 


University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Allergy/Immunology Research Registry is a database that is made up of people who have volunteered to consider participation in research studies for themselves or their children. Its goal is to quickly and efficiently bring together medical research and those who may benefit from medical research. Although this Registry is sponsored by the University of Chicago, neither you nor your child need be a patient at the University of Chicago to sign up for the Registry. If you are interested in joining the Registry, please visit the University of Chicago Allergy website and click “UChicago Allergy and Asthma Research Registry.”

Dry Skin/Eczema and Food Allergy Research Studies

Focus Group by Schlesinger is working with the NIH, Stanford University, National Jewish Health, and The University of Chicago to recruit pregnant women and parents of newborns for research studies regarding dry skin/eczema and food allergies in San Francisco, Denver, and Chicago. Qualified participants will be rewarded for their time.

Study links below:

Not pregnant or the parent of a newborn? There are other opportunities for you to earn money, too. Sign up at Anyone 18 years or older can sign-up; they do studies across all demographics! The sign-up process is simple, free, and only takes a few minutes.


FARE Clinical Trial Finder

Launched in July 2018, FARE’s online tool simplifies your search for clinical trials to treat food allergy and some related conditions.

A service of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this website is a registry and database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies.

Center Watch

CenterWatch is a well-established source of clinical trials information for patients and medical professionals.


Enjoy Life Lentil Chips

Enjoy Life Lentil Chips also known as Plentils® are. a crunchy vegan snack that come in five different flavors and certified gluten free, free of 14 allergens, and made with all natural ingredients.

New Lentil Chips!

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A great alternative to hazelnut spread!

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Simple Mills Pumpkin Muffin & Bread Mix

A gluten free and dairy-free bake mix that's perfect for fall treats!

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NEW Flavor! Complete Nutrition Shake in Vanilla with 20g of plant protein.  

Try the New Flavor!
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Safer Plate

Safer Plate is a simple and delicious mealtime solution for people with food allergies and intolerances, offering delivery of both meal kits and heat-and-eat meals free of the top allergens – peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, wheat, seafood, shellfish, sesame and gluten.

Buy here!
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Hungry Harry's

Hungry Harry's is on a mission to produce foods free from the 14 food groups that account for over 90% of food allergies - while crafting them to taste better than anything else out there. Our manufacturing facility is 100% free of the Top 14 too. 

Buy Here!


Binge Watching Buttery Seasoned Popcorn is BACK! Curl up with a cozy blanket and binge watch your favorite show with this tasty snack. 

Try it!


Spokin released the top 10 allergy-friendly baseball stadiums. Coming in at number 1 is Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago! 

Check it out

In Case You Missed It

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Allergic Living 

Link here!


Allergy Amulet

Link here!

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Allergy Force

Link here!



Link here!

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Camp Blue Spruce

Link here!


Link here!

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Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Link here!

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Link here!

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Link here!

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Food Equality Initiative

Link here!

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Link here!

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Link here!

MOCHA Intern Cafe

Welcome 2022-2023 MOCHA Interns!

From figure skating and mountain biking, to cooking delicious meals, living with or around food allergies have not stopped the MOCHA interns from exploring their interests.

Whether it's managing severe allergies and dietary restrictions personally, or having family members with allergies, we all have significant experiences navigating this complex challenge. However, we've learned how to advocate for ourselves, and we are all passionate about supporting others with food allergies.

Interning with Denise and Anne at MOCHA has allowed us to learn even more about the food allergy community, and further explore allergy-related opportunities. Some of our favorite food allergy-related experiences have been writing for the MOCHA ENews, working on research with the Center For Allergy & Asthma Research at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, and lobbying Congress with FARE. Thanks for reading through this fall's ENews, and we hope that you learned something new!

Meet the MOCHA Interns!

Susan Tatelli 

Allergic to peanuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, and soy.

Senior at William & Mary studying Hispanic Studies and Religious Studies.

Interests: I am a member of the William & Mary Figure Skating Club and my hobbies include cooking, baking, reading, and art.

Ryan Smith

Allergic to tree nuts.

Sophomore at WashU in St. Louis studying Global Health and Biology.

Interests: baking, long walks, ice skating, and primates!

Leo Auerbach

Intolerant to dairy, and my sister has severe food allergies.

Senior at Francis W Parker High School in Chicago

Interests: tennis, mountain biking, camping, and watching football.

Kethan Bajaj

Allergic to nothing, but my brother has food allergies!

Sophomore at Northwestern University studying Biology and Science in Human Culture.

Interests: tennis, playing board games, and hiking.

Katelyn Chu

Allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, soy, beans, and peas.

Senior at Chantilly High School in Northern Virginia.

Interests: FARE Teen Advisory Group Member & Advocacy Subcommittee Member, and playing softball.  

Julia Auerbach

Celiac Disease

Sophomore at Northwestern University on the pre-med track.

Interests: Babysitting, playing tennis, and working on a really cool  app to help make shopping easier for those with food allergies. 

Non-Allergic Food For Thought

The world is not free of Milk, Egg, Tree Nut, Shellfish,

Peanut, Fish, Soy, Wheat, Seeds.

It is our job as parents to give our children the



Experience and


To get out there and live their lives to the fullest - safely.

Resource Corner

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Disclaimer: M.O.C.H.A. is not a professional or medical organization. It is a group of parents sharing information and supporting each other. The discussions, meeting minutes, handouts, speakers, agendas, and other products of our support group do not constitute medical and/or legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Always discuss individual health questions and medical issues with a qualified personal physician.