How to handle food allergies in kids ministry

Food Allergies are common in children.  Kids Ministry should be a place where kids are safe & details such as food allergies are important.  When I was at Crossroads Church they told me about their system when it comes to Food Allergies.

  1. Parents are responsible to put an Allergy Sticker on their child each week.  Stickers are available at every check-in station.  Parents simply write the allergy on the sticker, and put it on their child.  They use round stickers that have red printing on them, so that it stands out from their name tag.
  2. Snack options are limited to 2 choices.  Goldfish crackers & Graham Crackers.  That’s it.  Nothing else.
  3. Stickers are placed on the snack containers that clearly label the name of the snack as well as common allergy ingredients that are found in that snack (e.g. milk, wheat)
  4. A list of ingredients is taped on the inside of the cupboard door for volunteers to easily reference.  The font size is much larger than what you would read on a packaging label.  Easy to read!
  5. A list of ingredients is laminated & kept in the snack cupboard to give to parents to read if they ask about an ingredient list.

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5 thoughts on “How to handle food allergies in kids ministry

  1. So no snack alternatives are offered to the kids who have food allergies? Do the parents provide a snack for that child or is the child just left snackless?

  2. It’s been my experience that parents of children with food allergies PREFER to bring their own snacks. I’ve never had the problem of a child being left snack less.

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