Bake sales can help your school, group or church make some extra cash—and they’re fun, too. However, when you have a severe food allergy, bake sales can be downright dangerous. In the midst of bake sale craziness, many of us focus on the space, the volunteers and of course, the best-selling treats. What we may be forgetting is the packaging!
Why You Should Label Treats
By labeling each bake sale goodie with an ingredient list or allergy warning, we can make sure that everyone is able to participate. According to US News, there are about 5.9 million children with food allergies in the United States. That equals out to about 1 in 13 kids or two in each classroom! It’s safe to say that a good portion of your bake sale customers will be kids and adults with food allergies or sensitivities, so adding a quick label could make a big difference.
So where do we begin? Start by knowing which foods could cause an allergic reaction. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the vast majority of food allergies are from these foods:
- Tree nuts
A person with a food allergy could experience mild symptoms like a feeling of tingling on the lips all the way to hives, trouble breathing and worse if exposed. Luckily, many children outgrow their allergies, but some people deal with the danger their entire lives. And since no one wants to miss out on that tempting bake sale brownie, adding labels makes life easier for people living with allergies.
Parents Will Love You!
In addition to skipping the bake sale table, studies show that always having to be on alert for any potential allergens takes a serious toll on kids and their parents, too. According to a 2016 study in Current Allergy Asthma Reports, kids with food allergies and the adults who care for them reported feelings of constant stress and anxiety from worrying about which foods are safe and when an allergic reaction will happen. That’s why adding a small label could make a big difference for families.
If you’d like to provide some safe treats for everyone, try these allergy-free treats for kids or some of our gluten-free recipes. You could print your own ingredient lists or try these handy bake sale labels with allergy-specific stickers. With this small change, you can host a safe bake sale with lines around the block!