Headshot Photo of Lauren Maunus
2015 Award Recipient


Project School Food Labeling Initiative

Location Palm City, FL

Issue Area Advocacy/Activism | Health

After Lauren’s two-year-old sister nearly died from an unexpected allergic reaction to eating a cashew, Lauren learned that six million American children lack access to allergen information at school. Lauren has since become a tireless advocate for giving students the tools to manage allergies and other diet-related illnesses and to make healthy eating choices in the cafeteria. She has collaborated with state and local government officials, members of Congress, the USDA, CDC, FDA, and medical and nonprofit organizations to reform school nutrition policy nationwide to provide more information on cafeteria food.

And to help students sift through that information, Lauren spearheaded the development of an innovative software platform that provides nutrition information, allowing students to filter cafeteria offerings for allergens via school district websites and a mobile application. Lauren discussed her advocacy work with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign and made plans to form partnerships with national organizations like the Clinton Foundation’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation to encourage nutritional labeling as a means of improving health and safety for students throughout the United States.

My project has provided a path toward a profound appreciation of Tikkun Olam, empowering me to find my voice as an advocate and reinforcing the principle that I cannot simply be a bystander to injustice.

Lauren Maunus
“It is never too late, too early, or too often TO GIVE BACK AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE”
Helen Diller