Spreading Awareness with the Teal Pumpkin Project®
The Teal Pumpkin Project continues to grow each year thanks to the efforts of volunteers and members of the community. We love hearing stories of how the community has shared the Teal Pumpkin Project with their friends, neighbors, and communities. Here are just a few examples of volunteers who went above and beyond for the Teal Pumpkin Project in 2017.
Marblehead High School Interact Club students organized a teal pumpkin painting party at a local church, proving that you’re never too young to be a food allergy advocate.
Seven-year-old Henry Nowik won first place in the Berlin Fair’s Annual Scarecrow Contest with his food allergy awareness creation and donated his winnings to FARE. According to his mom, Michelle, “Henry loves the Teal Pumpkin Project because it makes him feel safe and he's not alone with his allergies. He wanted to donate his prize to FARE to help others who have similar allergies to his own.”
Volunteers such as Tiffany Hall and Tami Silverman took advantage of Teal Pumpkin Project resources to spread the message of the Teal Pumpkin Project in their local communities:
- Tiffany Hall used the Teal Pumpkin Project Boo Your Neighbor Kit to boo her daughter’s 5th-grade class.
- Jamie Gough, Tami Silverman, Jennifer Himich and Meaghan Grettano shared the Teal Pumpkin Project at a Parent Teacher Organization Fall Festival in Oceanport, NJ.
FARE-affiliated Support Groups also represented the Teal Pumpkin Project at a number of events around the United States:
- Jenna Bearden and the West Georgia Food Allergy Support Group delivered 4,000 Teal Pumpkin flyers to the 12 elementary schools in their school district. All 12 schools displayed teal pumpkins and promoted the Teal Pumpkin Project. Thank you to Center for Allergy & Asthma for sponsoring all the materials used in this outreach.
- Mary Schlief, leader of the West Metro Food Allergy Connection support group in Minnesota, delivered food allergy awareness training to over 600 elementary school students using FARE’s Be A Pal program to show students how to be a good friend to kids with food allergies. She also provided each student with a pumpkin of their own to paint teal in honor of the Teal Pumpkin Project.
- Lori Cordell and the Food Allergy Families of Northeast Florida shared the Teal Pumpkin Project at a Healthy Halloween event in Jacksonville, Florida.
- Julie Sane and No Nuts Moms Group of Dalton, GA created 50 starter kits to hand out in the community. These kits are absolutely free of charge and include the pumpkin, a starter amount of non-food treats, and information about the Teal Pumpkin Project.
- Kristen Sears and the Northwest Florida Food Allergy Support Group hosted the 4th Annual Teal Pumpkin Painting Party on October 28 for 60 people. Check out the story here!
- Kelley Barnett and the Food Allergy Alliance of the MidSouth hosted a Teal Pumpkin Patch at the Memphis Botanic Garden Flick-or-Treat on October 27. Children were able to choose a toy from the teal pumpkins in the patch and parents each received a flyer about the Teal Pumpkin Project.
- Utah Food Allergy Network participated in a scarecrow contest and had Teal Pumpkin painting station at their 8th annual non-food trunk or treat.
- Parents Having Allergic Children Team (PHACT) of Chester County distributed teal pumpkins and information about the Teal Pumpkin Project to local physicians and pharmacies.
We are also very grateful to all the moms, dads and kids who spread the word about the Teal Pumpkin Project by talking to local media. Here are just a sampling of the fantastic media coverage:
- Milwaukee FARE's Food Allergy Heroes Walk Chair Kara Schneider and her daughter shared about the Teal Pumpkin Project on Green Bay’s WFRV5.
- Food Allergy Heroes Walk committee member Larry Packer, his wife Rachel and their kids arose before the sun did to do a live early morning TV spot with NBC4 in Washington.
- Lianne Mandelbaum and her son Joshua showed CBS New York their Halloween decorations and talked about the impact of the Teal Pumpkin Project.
- Meghan Winegrad spread the word in St. Louis for the second year in a row.
- Vikki Meldrum and her daughter Lyla shared about the campaign with all of their neighbors and talked to ABCNews.com.
- Elizabeth Ely-Moreno chatted with her local Fox affiliate in Portland about the meaning of the campaign.
- New York City-based volunteer and advocate Talia Day spoke to NY1 about the Teal Pumpkin Project.
Several artists used the Teal Pumpkin Project to inspire new works.
- Musician and educator Kyle Dine wrote a new song, Paint My Pumpkin Teal, which he performed at two FARE’s Food Allergy Heroes Walks and other events throughout the month of October.
- Sparkle Stories, which has been recognized for its highly-engaging stories on its award-winning podcast, produced a new audio story, narrated by storyteller and teacher David Sewell McCann, inspired by the Teal Pumpkin Project.
- Preschool teacher Suzy Brophy wrote and self-published Macy’s Teal Pumpkin to help educate her students about food allergies and the Teal Pumpkin Project.
We’d like to send a huge shout-out to everyone who incorporated the Teal Pumpkin Project at trick-or-treat events, farmers markets, craft shows and classrooms across the country. We were also incredibly excited to spot teal pumpkins at zoos, museums, doctors’ offices, shopping malls and other public spaces. Lastly, we would like to thank all the parents and kids who shared the impact of the campaign on social media as well as with journalists from coast to coast who helped raise awareness of this important initiative!
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