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Teal Pumpkin Project Helps Children With Food Allergies

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SALISBURY, Md. - Trick or treating for buckets of candy is a highlight of Halloween unless a child has food allergies.

One in thirteen children has food allergies, and for them, Halloween can be very stressful since most candies handed out have chocolate, wheat, peanuts, gluten or other ingredients that can trigger allergies. That is where a program called the Teal Pumpkin Project comes in.

Participating households leave a teal or purple pumpkin in front of their homes to indicate to trick-or-treaters they have non-food items to hand out.

The project is in its third year, initiated by the non-profit, Food Allergy Research and Education.

There are Delmarva families participating, including one in Salisbury with a 17-year old girl who has had a milk allergy since she was five years old. Her mother wished the Teal Pumpkin Project had been in existence when her daughter was a trick-or-treater.

"I wish it had been around, because we would have know where we could go and couldn't go. We had to read all ingredients on labeling to know what she could eat. This makes it a lot easier for families," said Michele Gregory of Salisbury.

There is an interactive map, www.foodallergy.org, that shows which households are participating.

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