Teal Pumpkin Project in full swing for 2nd year

 

A food allergy awareness program is back this year, turning our orange Halloween pumpkins –  teal.
The initiative is the Teal Pumpkin Project.
It launched as a national campaign in 2014 by FARE – the Food Allergy Research and Education group.
The purpose is to raise awareness of food allergies and experts feel promoting the awareness during trick-or treating is a great opportunity.
Last year, households from all 50 states in the U.S. and 7 other counties around the world participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project.
This year, the movement is expected to be even bigger — with more than 100,000 households around the world pledging their participation.
Here’s how you can help.
This year when trick-or-treaters come to your door,  instead of handing out candy,  hand out non-edible items which don’t contain food allergies.
That means Halloween knickknacks like pencils, spiders, or toys — really anything that won’t affect children with food allergies.
There’s many places and dollar stores around town that have bulk items for very cheap.
If you are one of those people participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, their website has helpful tips, and of course, signs to let your trick-or-treaters know what your house has to offer.

News 11’s Max Tarlton will have a full report on KYMA’s Early Edition at 5 p.m.

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Max Tarlton is an Emmy-nominated multimedia journalist currently reporting and producing for KYMA News 11. Max comes to Yuma from Chicago where he worked as a news writer for WGN News. He’s also a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Max is excited to be a part of the KYMA team. Catch him in action on “Sunrise” every morning at 6 a.m. If you have a story idea, don’t hesitate to reach out: max.tarlton@kecytv.com or on twitter: @MaxTarlton

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