JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Skeeter Snacks, LLC, maker of Skeeter Nut Free™ snacks that are loved by everyone and safe for people with peanut and tree nut allergies, today announced it is the sole sponsor of the Red Sox Foundation Rookie League Program and a proud sponsor of the Massachusetts Little League Initiative.
Baseball is one of America's most beloved pastimes and is best enjoyed at ballparks with friends, family and food for players and fans alike. Yet with the dramatic rise in nut allergies, it has become increasingly difficult to find great snacks that are safe for everyone on the team or in the stands.
"At the ballpark and in many other places, parents, teachers and coaches are challenged to find snacks that all children can enjoy safely. Our Skeeter Nut Free cookies and grahams are the ideal solution, because they combine the great taste that all kids love with wholesome ingredients and the assurance that they are safe for people with nut allergies," said Larry Appel, chief executive officer of Skeeter Snacks. "We are thrilled to partner with the Red Sox Foundation to spread the word that Skeeter Nut Free is the perfect tasty treat for all school lunch boxes, team sports snacks, birthday parties, and every home pantry."
"One of the Foundation's goals is to bring all children closer to the game of baseball," said Tim Wakefield, honorary chairman of the Red Sox Foundation and legendary pitcher of the Boston Red Sox from 1995-2012. "Having Skeeter Nut Free on our team makes it easier for all kids, including nut-allergic children and their families, to enjoy baseball."
Skeeter Nut Free snacks come in fan favorites Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies and Cinnamon Grahams and new flavors Double Chocolate Mini Cookies, Shortbread Mini Cookies and Honey Grahams. Parents, coaches and teachers can purchase Skeeter Nut Free snacks in the aisles of Big Y Foods, Price Chopper, Roche Bros., Stop & Shop, and Wegmans, or can visit www.skeeternutfree.com to use the store locator.
About the Red Sox Foundation Youth Baseball Programs
The Red Sox Foundation Rookie League introduces the sport of baseball to at-risk children ages 5-12 in economically disadvantaged areas while promoting good sportsmanship and respect for adults and peers. The Foundation's Massachusetts Little League Initiative assists up to 200 league teams with uniforms, the Massachusetts Little League Division Tournament in Westwood, and the "Massachusetts Little League Volunteer Coach of the Year" award.
About the Red Sox Foundation
The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation has distributed over $83 million to support programs serving children and families across New England. The Foundation's efforts are primarily focused on its cornerstone programs: the Red Sox Scholars Program, which provides tutoring, mentoring, enrichment programs and a college scholarship to academically talented but economically disadvantaged Boston public school students; the Red Sox Foundation's RBI and Rookie League youth baseball and softball programs serving more than 1,500 inner city teens each summer; the New England Red Sox Service Scholarship program providing scholarships to high school seniors in CT, VT, ME, RI and NH based upon community service; the Massachusetts Little League Initiative supporting up to 200 little league teams in the Commonwealth, the Home Base Program, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital partnership providing clinical care for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat stress and traumatic brain injury; The Dimock Center in Roxbury, serving more than 60,000 low-income families in Boston's most disadvantaged neighborhoods; and The Jimmy Fund, supporting breakthrough cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
About Skeeter Snacks
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Skeeter Snacks was founded by two fathers of nut-allergic children frustrated by the lack of great-tasting, safe snacks for their families. The company's mission is to create foods that are readily available, loved by all and ensure safety and inclusion for people with nut allergies. All Skeeter Nut Free™ products are made in a dedicated nut-free facility with an audited nut-free supply chain, and each production run is tested internally and by third parties before being released for distribution. Skeeter Nut Free™ chocolate chip mini cookies are available as a complimentary offering in the JetBlue Airways snack basket, seen and enjoyed by millions of JetBlue passengers annually. All Skeeter Nut Free™ products meet the nutritional requirements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kid Act for inclusion in school nutrition programs as a whole grain and are served in schools across the country. For more information, please visit www.skeeternutfree.com or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/skeeternutfree.
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