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Food Allergy Support Group of Monmouth Count

Empowering parents, through support and education, to keep their children safe


Medical Advisor
Tina Zecca D.O.
Allergy & Asthma
Associates of Monmouth County
Little Silver, N.J.

Ellen Montemarano
Kim Wester
Ginny Smith

Ann Houdalis


Spring 2010 Newsletter

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Leaders' Corner

Spring has sprung and with it comes rebirth, including the rebirth of our support group meetings. While the email list for FASGMC has been active, the group has not had regularly scheduled meetings for some time. That has changed with our most recent meeting in March and with the scheduling of meetings for April and May. Thank you to Dr. Zecca for hosting our meetings.

At our March 15 meeting, we set some goals for the year, the most important of which is getting back to the core purpose of the group: support for parents with food allergic children. We are a group of parents supporting each other through the challenges of raising food-allergic children.
Other goals include obtaining a tax ID number for the group and expanding the leadership and committee roles to ensure the continuing success of meetings and programs.

A letter went out from the leaders in March, requesting volunteers to help move the group forward. We are happy to say that many people stepped up to volunteer their time. We thank everyone who has volunteered and encourage all members to get involved. Not only does it help the group, but getting involved will help you get more from the group as well.

We do still need volunteers and the following positions are still open:

Meeting Planning: When we stopped the regularly scheduled meetings for a time, they were sorely missed. Meetings are a vital part of our group, enabling people to discuss concerns in person with others facing the same issues, as well as to learn from knowledgeable guest speakers. We need two people to schedule and plan the monthly meetings and arrange guest speakers.

Library: We need one person to inventory what we have and help grow the library so that our members have access to accurate, relevant and timely information about food allergies
If you are interested in helping in any way, please let us know during our next meeting or send an email to

Schedule of Events

Informal Day Meeting
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Meet in the café at
Whole Foods
471 Rte 35, Red Bank

*Support Group Meeting
*Tuesday, April 27, 2010

7:30 p.m.
Topics: Food Allergy Awareness Week; Discuss whatever food allergy issues are on your mind
Location: Allergy & Asthma Associates of Monmouth County

Cooking Class
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Young Chef's Academy
712 Ginesi Drive, Morganville
The menu will be a "Picnic Theme" and will include foods that travel well: frozen blueberry smoothies, homemade chicken salad with veggies to dip, chocolate chip cookies and baked breadsticks. Recipes will be free of: peanuts, tree nuts, corn, gluten, dairy/casein, egg, soy, sesame...and will have the cocoa-free option dessert.

RSVP as soon as possible before all the slots fill up. Call Lyle at Young Chef's Academy (732-536-7777) to make your payment of $35 for the first person and $12 for each additional person in your group.

*Support Group Meeting
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

7: 30 p.m.
Play Food Allergy Jeopardy with Dr. Tina Zecca, Allergy & Asthma Associates of Monmouth County. Additional topic: Registering food allergic children for school
Location: Allergy & Asthma Associates of Monmouth County

Mom’s Night Out/ Back to School

Date/Time/Location TBD

FALL 2010
Regularly scheduled meetings will resume in September. Schedule and topics TBD. If you have ideas for speakers or topics, contact

Annual Halloween Party
Contact Chris Gauss if you are interested in helping to plan the party

*Tuesday evening meetings are held at
Allergy & Asthma Associates of Monmouth County
200 White Road,
Suite 205
Little Silver, NJ

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