Situation Food Allergy: No milk in the car.

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Situation Food Allergy. No milk in the car.

BLOG POST #178 — Because of your daughter's food allergy, you have a firm “no unsafe food in your car" policy. This was recently challenged, however, after you agreed to drive several of your daughter’s teammates to a soccer tournament. 

About 10 minutes into the drive, Abby, one of the players, reaches into her backpack and pulls out a snack. 

“I missed breakfast this morning,” she announces. “I’m super hungry so my mom gave me this.”

Using your rearview mirror, you immediately look at the cupcake. Just as you expected... an unsafe Creamed-filled donut. 

You see your daughter glance at you. It’s a pleading, “please mom don’t say anything” glance. 

You are part of the caravan, which is already running late, so pulling over isn’t possible. GPS says you are more than an hour away. 

What do you say?


JJ Vulopas is a 2019 graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for young people, JJ has lived with food allergies his entire life. He is the author of the children's book, Land of Not. You can read his daily blog at and follow him @thelandofcan on Twitter and Instagram.