Teal pumpkin initiative helps kids with food allergies

MASON CITY, Iowa- According to the Non-profit organization Food Allergy and Education, more than 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies, and Trick or Treating could be a scary time for many of those people.

In an effort to not only show support for those who have food allergies you may see different color pumpkins on front porches this year, teal.

That is all part of the Teal Pumpkins Initiative. Houses who decorate their pumpkins in the color teal and put them on their front porch are symbolizing that they are serving a nonfood alternative at their house hold.

Cally Peterson of Mason City participated in the national cause last year and says she will be buying her family pumpkins soon to do so again, and she hopes more people will join in this year,

“Our little block was very supportive last year,” says Peterson. “My son is deadly allergic to peanuts and this is a great way to get the word out there that everyone is different.”

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