Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies. As any mother of a food allergy infant will tell you, it can be stressful and frustrating — not to mention, extremely worrisome. With Halloween around the corner, devouring one piece of the incorrect candy can have dangerous consequences. After all, some of the most common allergens, like nuts, seeds and dairy, are found inside many popular candy bars.
That’s where the Teal Pumpkin Project comes in, and mothers everywhere are catching on to the idea. Launched in 2014 by Food Allergy Research& Education( FARE ), the Teal Pumpkin Project creates awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters so the holiday can remain a fun, positive experience for everyone. Last year, households from 50 states and 7 countries participated in the project. This year, the movement is expected to grow exponentially.
So, how does it run? Read on to find out how mothers are participating this year( with a lot of assistance from the colour teal …)
Autumn is here, and mothers all over the country are seeing more and more teal pumpkins placed outside their neighbors’ door — but these bright blue pumpkins have a more powerful meaning than you may think.
The Teal Pumpkin Project was launched by Food Allergy Research& Education( FARE) in 2014. It’s a fun style to signal that a home offers non-food treats to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. This style, children with food allergies, diabetes and other medical issues can still enjoy fun and safe treats.
Instead of candy, mothers are beginning to offer up bubbles, bouncy balls, stickers, crayons, markers and much, much more.
According to Foodallergy.org, researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies, including 1 in every 13 children. That’s approximately two children in every classroom.
Since Teal Pumpkin Project started last year, thousands of food allergy mamas have caught on to the all-inclusive idea behind every kid’s favorite holiday.
This Halloween, when you consider a teal-painted pumpkin, you’ll know it belongs to a mother who supports children with food allergies, plus other children for whom candy is not an option.