Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
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Project lets kids with food allergies trick-or-treat without worry

Project lets kids with food allergies trick-or-treat without worry

Since 2014, the non-profit group Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) has asked parents and kids find people offering allergy-friendly alternatives by placing a teal pumpkin on their doorstep. "I saw that you have a teal pumpkin, I'm here for the non-food treats, 'you can pull that out that bowl for that child".

"About 1 in 13 children in the United States has a food allergy, so we've got a lot of kids who can't participate in Trick or Treating." said Registered Dietitian Chrissy Watters, who works for Hy-Vee.

Affordable non-food items are available at dollar stores, party supply stores, or online shops, and low-priced items can be purchased and handed out to all trick-or-treaters, or made available in a separate bowl from candy if a resident chooses to hand out both options.

The project started in Iowa to help support trick-or-treaters with food allergies and make them feel welcome. Even if it's something that's touched a toy or even if the regular food has touched a nonfood item.

Traditionally, Halloween decorations are black and orange, occasionally some purple and lime green to mix it up, but now the color teal is getting added to the list. "On a personal level, my youngest child has a genetic disorder that requires a special diet".

Storms encourages other parents to consider the Teal Pumpkin Project.

"There are unfortunately kids that die every year from these type of allergies so it can be deadly, it's not something to be taken lightly", he said.

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