SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital is promoting the Teal Pumpkin Project just in time for trick-or-treating. Statistics show one-in-13 children in the US has a food allergy. It means even a tiny amount of an allergen can cause severe reactions in children.
Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) created the Teal Pumpkin Project to help kids with food allergies enjoy Halloween. The program seeks to educate and expand access for kids who are unable to eat candy by providing an alternative so they can experience the holiday like everyone else.
- Provide non-food treats for trick or treaters.
- Place a teal pumpkin – the color of food allergy awareness – in front of your home to indicate you have non-food treats available.
- Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map.
- Spread the word on social media by using #tealpumpkinproject in posts. Tell family and friends.