Food Allergy Awareness Week 2016 is in full swing, and each night landmark buildings across America will be lit up in teal in order to raise awareness about the cause. Scheduled lightings include The Empire State Building in NYC, Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Terminal Tower in Cleveland, Peace Bridge in Buffalo, Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Niagara Falls, The Zakim Bridge in Boston, and more!
A large majority of these buildings have been turned teal as a result of the work of the grassroots organization Turn it Teal. Founded by Stephanie Lowe, the mother of a child with multiple food allergies, this is a deeply personal cause for her. Turn it Teal's mission is simple: to raise food allergy awareness one lighting at a time. Every time a building is lit up in teal, it assists in sparking the conversation about food allergies and provides an opportunity to increase understanding about living with food allergies.
I was lucky enough to speak with Stephanie about how Turn It Teal got started, the process of turning a building teal, how we can help, and more. Read more here.