promoting an inclusive purim
Join us by raising awareness about the importance of inclusivity this Purim by offering an allergy-friendly Mishloach Manot. This simple act promotes inclusion for children with food allergies and other medically-necessary diets.
Ideas for an Allergy-Friendly mishloach manot
These allergy-friendly options are free from the top eight allergens, which include milk, eggs, fish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy. These foods account for about 90% of all food allergies in the United States.
Made Good Granola Bars
Enjoy Life Cookies
Go-Go Squeeze Applesauce
Gluten Free Pretzels
No Whey Chocolates
In order to be inclusive of children with any other allergy or medically-necessary diet that can not enjoy the above snacks, please include a non-food party favor. Below some ideas:
Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
Erasers or pencil toppers
Finger puppets or novelty toys
ARE THERE ANY NON-FOOD TREATS THAT I SHOULD AVOID?
There are a few considerations when choosing which non-food items to hand out. First, some non-food items still contain food allergens, such as some brands of moldable clay, which may contain wheat. Additionally, try to choose latex-free items, as there are children who have latex allergies.
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What is the teal gragger prjoject?
the Teal gragger project encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all children.
Why is this important?
Purim can be a tricky time for families managing food allergies. Mishloach Manot may not be safe for children with life-threatening food allergies or other medical diets. The Teal Gragger promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergiesIt keeps Purim a fun, positive experience for all!
What do I do if I want to participate?
Participating is simple. The steps to participate are:
Make a Mishloach Manot with foods excluding the top eight allergens.
Wrap your Mishloach Manot with a TEAL ribbon. Teal is the color of food allergy awareness.
Share the Teal Gragger Project with your friends and family.
Why is Purim a challenge for families managing food allergies?
Food allergies are a life-altering and potentially life-threatening disease, and a growing public health issue. In the U.S., one in 13 children has a food allergy – that’s roughly two in every classroom. For these children, even a tiny amount of their allergen has the potential to cause a severe reaction.
Virtually any food can cause a reaction. A typical Mishloach Manot may include nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat, which are some of the most common allergens in children and adults. Additionally, many miniature versions of candy items may not have labels, so it is difficult for parents to determine whether these items are safe for their child with food allergies.
What children can benefit from the Teal Gragger Project?
Children who have various conditions that may preclude them from enjoying an ordinary Mishloach Manot, or can particularly benefit from non-food treats, including:
Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)
Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES)
Children with feeding tubes
Any child on a special diet
Are there any non-food treats that I should avoid?
There are a few considerations when choosing which non-food items to hand out. First, some non-food items still contain food allergens. For example, some brands of moldable clay contain wheat (such as play-doh.) Additionally, try to choose latex-free items, as there are children who have latex allergies.
If I’m handing out my regular Mishloach Manot and an Allergy-Friendly one, how do I determine which one to give to each child?
You can either ask each child if they have any food allergies, or give every person a choice of which treat they’d like.
Teal is the color of food allergy awareness. It has been used to raise awareness about this serious medical condition for 20 years.