Support funding for food allergy research

March 18, 2019

Support funding for food allergy research

The College has agreed to cosign a letter with the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology to the leadership of the United States House Committee on Appropriations requesting that Congress prioritize investment in food allergy research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense in the fiscal year 2020 appropriations.

Add your voice to this bipartisan effort, and ask your representatives to add theirs.

Use the message below as-is, or customize it before emailing it to your members of Congress. And remember to download these letters and attach them to your request!

Dear Representative,

I write to request that you join Reps. Khanna, McHenry, Gonzalez, and Roe in urging the House Appropriations Committee to support robust federal investment in food allergy research in fiscal year (FY) 2020.

Specifically, there are three requests that I urge you to consider:

  1. Request for food allergy report language (Labor/Health and Human Services (HHS) Subcommittee)
  2. Request to increase funding for the Consortium on Food Allergy Research (CoFAR) at NIH (Labor/HHS Subcommittee)
  3. Request to add ‘food allergies’ to the list of conditions eligible to be studied under the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) (Defense Subcommittee)

Attached is a Dear Colleague letter and the bipartisan sign-on letters to the House Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor/Health and Human Services and Defense.

As you may know, each year, more than 200,000 Americans require emergency medical care for allergic reactions to food: equivalent to one trip to the emergency room every three minutes.  Prioritizing food allergy research will help ensure needed advances to the 32 million Americans who suffer from food allergies.

For more information, or to cosign the letters, please contact Will McKelvey with Rep. Khanna at

Thank you for your consideration.