With Halloween just a week away, we will all be super bust buying our pumpkins. But did you guys know what a teal pumpkin signifies? I have never seen one before, but when I found out what these pumpkins mean, I couldn’t believe it.
Trick or treater’s usually have one thing in mind and that’s candy. Sadly, not all kids can eat candy due to food allergies, so I guess they miss out on all of the fun…or do they?
In 2015, families in the US joined forces to help people understand the motive behind the teal pumpkins.
The Teal Pumpkin Project is a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all trick-or-treaters.
According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), approximately 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies.
Not only that, but food allergies affect 1 in every 13 children (under 18 years of age) in the U.S. What’s more shocking however, is that between 1997 and 2011, there was a 50% increase in food allergies.
Every 3 minutes, someone ends up in the emergency department due to a food allergy reaction– that’s roughly more than 200,000 emergency department visits per year…
According to foodallergy.org, here’s how you can take part in the movement:
- 1. Prepare non-food treats for trick-or-treaters with food allergies.
- 2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available.
- 3. Display a free printable sign or premium poster from FARE to explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin.
After reading this, don’t forget to join the teal pumpkin project and support kids with food allergies!
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