Food Allergy Fund Announces Next Summit this Fall in Washington, D.C →

Washington, D.C. (July 22, 2019) — The Food Allergy Fund will host its next Summit in Washington, D.C. this fall to share the latest scientific research, improved policies, and innovative ideas to help the estimated 32 million Americans living with food allergies. The event will be on November 14, 2019 at the Newseum. 

CNN Political Reporter and Editor-at-Large Chris Cillizza will host the Summit and speakers include United States Senator Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Representative Ro Khanna and leading doctors and scientists, chefs, policymakers, entrepreneurs, journalists and advocates for a day of learning, raising awareness, and funding research. 

The sold-out inaugural Food Allergy Fund Summit was recently held in New York at The Paley Center for Media bringing together similar stakeholders for a thought leadership discussion and action-oriented event. 

Food Allergies are an emerging public health crisis. Six million children—out of 32 million Americans overall—are affected by food allergies. That's about two children per classroom – a 50% increase from 1997 to 2011, and one in 10 adults. Every three minutes, a person visits the emergency room due to an allergic reaction. 

Visit to register and view updates. Confirmed speakers include: 

  • Allison Aubrey, Food and Health Correspondent, NPR

  • Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

  • Chris Cillizza, Political Reporter and Editor-at-Large, CNN

  • Dr. Scott Boyd M.D., Ph.D., Director, Boyd Lab for Human Immunology; Member, Child Health Research Institute; Associate Professor of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine

  • Dr. Linda Herbert, Ph.D., Director, Psychosocial Clinical Program, Division of Allergy & Immunology; Assistant Professor at Children's National Health System

  • Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA)

  • Erin Malawer, Founder & Executive Director, Allergy Strong

  • Katherine Miller, VP, Impact, James Beard Foundation

  • Dr. Hemant Sharma, M.D., Chief, Division of Allergy & Immunology, Children's National Health System

  • Dr. Wayne Shreffler, Chief, Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Director, Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

  • Zhaire Smith, NBA Player, Philadelphia 76ers

  • Mary Vargas, Co-Founder, Allergy Law Project

  • JJ Vulopas, Founder, Land of Can; Advocate

  • Dr. Gary D. Wu, M.D., Director, Molecular Biology Core, Associate Chief for Research, Division of Gastroenterology; Associate Director, Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Disease; Ferdinand G. Weisbrod Professor in Gastroenterology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


The Food Allergy Fund is dedicated to funding food allergy research focused on the underlying causes of food allergies and improved treatments for people with food allergies. The Food Allergy Fund enlists celebrity ambassadors, industry partners, and individuals to raise public awareness and to support scientific research. To learn more, visit