The Dorrance Family Foundation has awarded a two-year, $1 million grant to Feeding Matters. The grant launches the organization’s three-year, $3 million Power of a Name campaign supporting the widespread acceptance and awareness of pediatric feeding disorders. Feeding Matters is the first organization in the world dedicated to advancing the research, identification and collaborative care of pediatric feeding disorders.
Since 2014, Feeding Matters has leveraged its medical professional council and relationships with internationally renowned pediatric feeding experts to facilitate a groundbreaking consensus paper. Recently accepted for publication by the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, the paper declares a unifying name and stand-alone diagnosis for the broad spectrum of pediatric feeding struggles now treated as a symptom to more than 300 other conditions, such as autism, cerebral palsy and cystic fibrosis. The adoption of a unifying name and stand-alone diagnosis will be a catalyst to needed systemic change, including earlier identification, qualification for early intervention, opportunities for longitudinal research on best practices, accurate classifications, pediatric feeding disorders curriculum resulting in a larger pool of trained specialists and the potential for comprehensive insurance reimbursement.
To date, Feeding Matters has raised more than $1.65 million toward its $3 million Power of a Name goal.