Show awareness of food allergies with a teal pumpkin this Halloween

Show awareness of food allergies with a teal pumpkin this Halloween

Show awareness of food allergies with a teal pumpkin this Halloween

The project is sponsored by Food and Research Education (FARE).

Know that a candy that has been safe for your child in the past may now have different ingredients.

According to the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization, 5.9 million children under age 18, or 1 in 13 kids, suffer from food hypersensitivities. This year they have collected about 300 pumpkins.

Now, Whaley hopes the "Teal Pumpkin Project" will give kids the options they need and parents a peace of mind. As a parent of a child with severe peanut allergies, I have to be constantly aware of what things he consumes or touches. "Many popular sweets include the common food allergens of peanuts, tree nuts, soy, eggs, milk, or wheat, and besides that, the small sized sweets often given out during Halloween do not usually have ingredients on them and, there is too much of a risk for children with food allergies to eat that candy without knowing what's in it". For example, consider a child with a peanut or tree nut allergy.

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"It has been absolutely wonderful to see families continue to embrace the Teal Pumpkin Project, whether they are personally affected by food allergies or not", Witkop said. With food allergies on the rise in our youth today, it's a wonder that we still celebrate Halloween the same way we have for decades.

From coast to coast, teal pumpkins are making Halloween more fun and inclusive for millions of children with food allergies and other dietary restrictions thanks to the Teal Pumpkin Project®, an annual awareness campaign from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). You can now find teal pumpkins sold in stores like CVS, Target, and Michael's, and if you are looking to see who has joined the movement in your neighborhood, FARE has a participation map to show all the participants offering non-food items this Halloween.

Whaley participated in the project by passing out erasers and stickers during the Pikeville Farmers Market trick-or-treat event on Saturday morning. The Teal Pumpkin Project is not meant to replace the tradition of giving out candy on Halloween.

Interestingly enough, this effort to protect children from life-threatening allergies could be the change needed to target other life-threatening health conditions affecting children today.

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