ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – Halloween is just around the corner.
A global effort is working make the holiday safer and more inclusive for children with food allergies. Its called the “teal pumpkin project.”
As teal is the official color of food allergy awareness – children who risk being allergic to certain types of candies, such as those that contain nuts or dairy – can look for teal pumpkins in yards, rather than the typical orange jack-o-lantern. The teal pumpkin signifies that the house will have a non food trinket or toy option for the trick or treater rather than just candy.
The movement is headed by Food Allergy Research & Education. Locally, Food Allergies Rochester, MN is a support group that advocates for the teal pumpkin project.
“When you have a food allergy it’s amazing how many areas of your life you are separated from. Birthday parties, school parties, anywhere really where there is food,” Food Allergies Rochester, MN President Paige Ma said. “So providing this option, for kids with allergies, its providing opportunity to participate in something fun, like trick or treating.”
Food Allergies Rochester, MN meets every second Thursday of the month. Its next meeting is Thursday, Oct. 10, with a back to school theme.