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15 Easy Gluten-Free Snack Ideas for Children’s Ministry

If you’re going to offer a snack in your children’s ministry, it’s important to make sure all children can have a snack. That means you may have to provide gluten-free options. Here are some yummy staples to have on-hand in your children’s ministry.


15 Easy Gluten-Free Snack Ideas

1. String cheese (This is as easy as it gets!)

2. Hummus (Hummus is yummus!)

3. Almonds

4. Frozen Bananas (Just peel them, and pop them in the freezer.)

5. Fruit Skewers

6. Gluten-Free Cereal (Chex, Fruity Pebbles)

7. Jell-O Jigglers

8. Applesauce /Fruit Cups

9. Popsicles

10. Annie’s GF Bunnies

11. Kinnikinnick Critters

12. Chopped Veggies

13. Spiders

14. Olive Penguins

15. Popcorn

The 504 Plan

By the way: Have you heard of the 504 plan? Children on medically-necessary diets, like a gluten-free diet, who attend public schools (or federally-funded private schools) may be eligible for an individualized, written agreement between the family and the school to ensure that appropriate accommodations are made for the kids’ needs. A 504 plan for a child with celiac disease might, for example, address the availability of gluten-free foods in the cafeteria, call for kitchen staff training in label reading and prevention of cross-contamination and set parameters for in-classroom food for birthday parties or boxed lunches for field trips. Several sample 504 plans for children with celiac disease are available online and can be used as a starting point.

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