To diminish mishaps, at the start of each school year meet with teachers and principals to educate them about the unique dietary needs of your child. The Celiac Sprue Association ( has helpful example letters that you can print and distribute to appropriate school personnel.

Packing a lunch and snacks for your child is safer than relying on school-provided meals. Rice crackers, yogurt, gluten-free fruit bars, and almond butter and jelly smothered on gluten-free wraps are some of Jacques’ son’s faves. Your child will feel more comfortable around their peers if lunch-box contents look similar to conventional options.