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Crediting Single-Serving Packages of Grains

Team Nutrition

April 14, 2022

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Identifying whole grains, crediting grains, cooking and preparing grains and making them appetizing to is a major task in the CACFP. Providers seek a great deal of training and resources on this topic, and it's easy to be led astray. At the onset of the pandemic, the topic became even more complicated by the increased usage of single serving items and grab and go items. Let us help take something off your plate (see what we did there?) with this wonderful resource from Team Nutrition on crediting single serving grains.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators may serve single-serving or snack-sized packages of grain items, such as breakfast cereals or whole grain crackers to meet grains requirements at snacks and meals. In the CACFP, the minimum required amounts for grains are listed in the meal pattern as ounce equivalents (oz eq). Ounce equivalents tell you the amount of grains in a portion of food. Learn how to credit these items with this hand out from Team Nutrition. This resource is also available in Spanish