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Meal Pattern Minute: Identifying Whole Grain-Rich Method 5

May 12, 2023

Maybe you are working in multiple federal child nutrition programs or happened to look at some National School Lunch Program whole grain-rich approved products. Can you use the NSLP whole grain-rich criteria for grains and use these grain products in the Child and Adult Care Food Program?  


Listen in to Isabel Ramos-Lebron, MS, RDN, LD, as she explains on how to use a whole-grain rich method to determine if an NSLP whole-grain rich food can be used in the CACFP.  


Want more information on how to identify whole grain-rich foods? Check out the USDA Memo Code: CACFP 09-2018, Grain Requirements in the Child and Adult Care Food Program: Questions and Answers: 

  • The food meets the whole grain-rich criteria under the NSLP.
  • Use of the NSLP whole grain-rich criteria may ease menu planning and purchasing for schools that operate CACFP at-risk afterschool programs or CACFP child care programs, as they can use the same whole grain-rich criteria for both programs. The NSLP whole grain-rich criteria apply for all grain products with the exception of grain-based desserts, which are not creditable under CACFP.


More Whole Grain-Rich Resources 

Need meal pattern resources to help you guide you on determining whole grain-rich products? Check out the free materials below to get your started! 


Whole Grain-Rich Recipes 


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