Lauren Maunus, a high school freshman, recently traveled to Tallahassee to lobby for a food allergen bill currently being debated in Florida, according toTC Palm. Lauren, 14, presented the bill, which is related to school district policies regarding students with food allergies. She became involved in the legislation because her younger sister has life threatening food allergies, which render her unable to eat anything served in her school’s cafeteria.
The recently introduced bill would require any food offered in a public school cafeteria to include a list of ingredients, as well as allergen warning labels like those found on packaged foods in grocery stores. It has been found that as many as 20 percent of allergic reactions occur in schools, and supporters of the bill argue that the legislation would reduce this possibility.
Maunus has been in contact with several of her state’s Senators and Representatives. She has received support from the Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), and hopes that the bill will be passed during the upcoming Legislative Session. Of her experience being involved in presenting the bill, she commented “I am very excited to participate in the legislative process as an advocate for individuals with food allergies.”