Confused 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.