Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in 13 children in the United States – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was formed in 2012 as the result of a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative.
FARE’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments.
Their work is organized around three core themes:
- LIFE. Support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others through our education and advocacy initiatives.
- HEALTH. Enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment.
- HOPE. Encourage and fund research in both industry and academia that promises new therapies to improve the allergic condition.
Food allergy is a serious medical condition affecting up to 15 million people in the United States, including 1 in 13 children. Whether you’re newly diagnosed or brushing up on the facts, learning all you can about the disease is the key to staying safe and living well with food allergies. The job of the body’s immune system is to identify and destroy germs (such as bacteria or viruses) that make you sick. A food allergy results when the immune system mistakenly targets a harmless food protein – an allergen – as a threat and attacks it.
Unlike other types of food disorders, such as intolerances, food allergies are “IgE mediated.” This means that your immune system produces abnormally large amounts of an antibody called immunoglobulin E — IgE for short. IgE antibodies fight the “enemy” food allergens by releasing histamine and other chemicals, which trigger the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Join FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™ to help us create a safer, happier Halloween for all! Launched as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.
Last year, households from 50 states and 7 countries participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project™. This year, you can be part of an even bigger movement by joining 100,000 households pledging to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project™!
FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™ promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. This nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option, and keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all!
The Teal Pumpkin Project™ encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies and promote inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. You can participate by:
- Pledging to support the Teal Pumpkin Project™ on FARE’s website
- Providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and
- Painting a pumpkin teal – the color of food allergy awareness – to place in front of your home, along with a free printable sign from FARE, to indicate you have non-food treats available
Hand Out Allergy-Friendly Treats
There are all sorts of delicious and popular candies that children with or without food allergies will enjoy.
EDIBLE TREAT IDEAS
Some of the candy listed here may include allergens. For a complete list of all ingredients and manufacturing procedures, please consult the manufacturer’s website or packaging.
Divvies are free of peanut, tree nuts, milk, and egg.
Wack-o-Wax is free of gluten, milk, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts (may contain soy).
Nik-L-Nip is free of gluten, milk, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts (may contain soy).
Dots are free of gluten, milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, and soy.
Glee Gum is free of lactose, dairy, wheat, gluten, casein, egg, yeast, nut/peanut, and soy. (All Glee Gum is soy-free. However, other products containing soy lecithin are processed in the same facility as Glee Gum.)
Skittles are free of peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, and soy.
Starburst is free of peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, and soy.
Pez is free of peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, egg, milk, and gluten; soybean oil is present, but there is no protein and therefore no allergens from this. Yellow dye No. 5 is in lemon-flavored and multiflavored packs.
Surf Sweets are free of gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts.
Dum Dum Pops and Saf-T-Pops are free of wheat, gluten, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and soy. May contain trace amounts of soy oil, a processing aid in making candy. The soy oil has been refined, bleached, and deodorized, a process that removes the protein that can cause an allergic reaction.
Enjoy Life Boom Choco Boom Chocolate Bars are free of milk, egg, peanut, and nut. Enjoy life also has a variety of allergy-friendly and gluten-free foods.
nonuttin Foods snacks are free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, and gluten; produced in a dedicated facility.
Gimbals Candy is free of peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, gluten, soy, fish, and shell fish; produced in a dedicated facility.
Vermont Nut Free Chocolates are free of peanut and tree-nut; produced in a dedicated facility.
Smarties are free of milk, wheat, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shell fish, and soy; produced in a dedicated facility.
NONEDIBLE TREAT IDEAS
Nonedible treats are very popular. In fact, a Yale study found that children are more likely to choose these over candy, so be sure to stock up on stickers, pencils, and spider rings.