Article by Marion Schwaner | esPResso Editor
This past Friday morning, on Halloween, Marist campus’ student run Public Relations firm North Road Communications (NRC) raised awareness for something new.
According to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), 15 million Americans are diagnosed with food allergies. This is especially hard amongst younger generations, especially children who trick-or-treat on Halloween. Painting a pumpkin teal and leaving it outside your house symbolizes that that house serves allergy free alternative foods. This is called The Teal Pumpkin Project, which was started in 2014 by FARE.
On Friday, NRC members created their own spin off of The Teal Pumpkin Project by serving allergy-free baked goods in the Champagnat Breezeway, located in the Student Center. A photo contest was held where participants could pose with small teal pumpkins scattered throughout campus and post them online using the hashtag #MaristGoesTeal. The winners of the contest will be randomly selected this coming Wednesday, Nov. 4.
The money raised by NRC raised helped support FARE and the 15 million Americans affected by food allergies. Marist College students, both allergy and non-allergy sensitive, stopped by to donate their spare change and sign their name on a Teal Pumpkin Project banner, which was posted in the Marist Communications building Lowell Thomas.
Photo credited by Marion Schwaner.