Whole-Grain Rich Foods—What’s That?

November 10, 2016

Test-FeaturedConfused by the new grain requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)? You’ll be happy to know that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently issued a memorandum that spells out exactly what CACFP means by “whole-grain rich” foods.

The new requirements apply to CACFP centers and CACFP participating child care providers, which must be in compliance by October 1, 2017. Among other things, they must:

  • Provide at least one serving/day of whole grain-rich foods,
  • Not count grain-based desserts (oatmeal cookies, graham crackers, etc.) toward the requirement, and
  • Serve breakfast cereals that have no more than 6 grams sugar/ounce.

The full memo can be found here.


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Krista Scott

Written by Krista Scott

Krista Scott is an experienced child health expert working at the forefront of policy, advocacy and equity as the current Senior Director for Child Care Health Policy at CCAoA. For over 15 years, Ms. Scott has worked in public health and education, primarily in non-profit and government agencies, where she has honed her expertise in early childhood health, mental health, special education, program development and support and in using policies to strengthen practice. Ms. Scott has her bachelor’s degree in political science and her Master of Social Work with a focus on management and policy.