Let’s face it! So much of the holidays and many of our celebratory acts often revolve around food. I mean think about it. After a team wins, players often go out for pizza to celebrate. A child brings home a good report card and is rewarded with ice cream. What about those Valentine’s Day parties at the school or Halloween parties where sharing candy is encouraged amongst friends?
The Teal Pumpkin Project, inspired by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET), recognize that children with food allergies and other dietary restrictions are often unintentionally excluded from all the fun associated with Halloween festivities. The initiative raises awareness of individuals with restrictions and promotes inclusion through the Halloween and harvest season. Safe non-food items are offered as alternatives or in addition to candy and food options for trick-or-treaters and trunk-or-treaters.
Halloween is only 1 week away and Chop Friendly is excited to partake in this year’s Teal Pumpkin Project by spreading its awareness by donating goodie bags to local daycares, schools, and programs. By joining force with local partners, Halloween will be a safe, fun, and exciting experience for children all over the magic city of Birmingham. Thanks to the City of Birmingham’s Harvest Festival, Preschool Partners, Patty Cake Academy, Eastside Baptist Daycare, and the Northeast YMCA who have so far accepted treat bags on our behalf and are partnering with us in spreading the word!
It’s relatively easy to join us and get in on the fun! You simply must follow these 4 steps:
- Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters, trunk or treaters, or for your party guests.
- Place a teal pumpkin or a sign out to indicate you have non-food treats available.
- Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map on FARE’s www.foodallergy.org website for trick-or-treaters to find your home to come and get goodies. Don’t worry, your personal information will not be shared publicly.
- Spread the word! Share the this initiative via social media, within your child’s schools, churches, and community groups so that it grows every year to include more and more children.
Be sure to tune in to The Soulful Dish podcast to hear Journey and Chop chat more about The Teal Pumpkin Project!