Teal Pumpkins: Trick-or-treating safety for kids with severe food allergies

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If you or someone you know would like to participate, follow these action steps provided by FARE and the Teal Pumpkin Project to get started in this trick-or-treating revolution.

FARE thanks the following Teal Pumpkin Project official 2017 partners: Ahold USA (including its brands Stop & Shop, Giant Food and Giant/Martin's), CVS Pharmacy, DBV Technologies, FunWorld, Hy-Vee, Learning Express, Magic Power, Market Street, Mello Smello, Michaels, Savers (doing business as Savers, Value Village, Unique and Village des Valeurs) and SCS Direct. That's 1 out of every 13 kids who may not get to enjoy all the candy treats that this spooky holiday boasts.

FARE reports the 1 in 13 children suffer from food allergies now in the United States alone.

Pumpkins are painted in teal, which is the color of food allergy awareness, and is the nationally recognized color of this medical condition.

A sense of communityFurther, the Teal Pumpkin Project also helps to build a sense of community.

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As per Food Allergy Research and Education, in every classroom, two children suffer from a life-threatening food allergy, on an average.

Many a times, Halloween can be really tough on children suffering from severe food allergies. This's the issue that the Teal Pumpkin Project aims to address. Cross-contamination is a concern, as many food allergies require only a small amount of the allergen to trigger a reaction. It's all part of the Teal Pumpkin Project, where houses offing non-food treats put teal pumpkins on their doorstep.

Last year, almost 18,000 homes participated in the project.

Why teal? The quick answer is that the pumpkins indicate families who are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, an effort to make Halloween trick-or-treating more friendly for kids with food allergies. Those who know what this non-traditionally colored pumpkin means will know that it is safe for their kids with allergies to trick-or-treat at that home.

As you prepare to hand out candy on Halloween, it's important to remember that some kids have food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project is not meant to replace the tradition of giving out candy on Halloween.

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