The Teal Pumpkin Project: Trick-or-treating and food allergies

Teal Pumpkin Project photoSocial media is a great way to keep tabs on friends and family, but also to share ideas. With the 2014 Halloween season upon us and the countdown for trick-or-treating getting shorter, I usually talk to kids and adults about over indulging in sweets. However, today, as I was perusing social media, I came across a link to the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)’s The Teal Pumpkin Project.

FARE “works on behalf of the 15 million Americans who have food allergy, including all those at risk for life threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects one in every 13 children in the United States – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE’s mission is to ensure the safety and inclusion of all those with food allergies while relentlessly seeking a cure.”

This year for Halloween and trick-or-treating, consider joining FARE in The Teal Pumpkin Project.Michigan State University Extension challenges you to help make this time of year less scary for children with food allergies. FARE indicates that the hope of this project is to “raise awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and painting a pumpkin teal – the color of food allergy awareness.” Place your teal pumpkin and/or a free printable sign from FARE to indicate that you have non-food treats available. You can also print a flyer to help increase awareness of this project and encourage others to join.

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