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Crediting Traditional Indigenous Foods in Child Nutrition Programs

This memorandum provides guidance to Indigenous communities on incorporating traditional Indigenous foods that meet CNP meal pattern requirements and includes an updated and expanded list of traditional Indigenous foods that credit the same as similar foods currently listed in the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (FBG).

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Serving Traditional Indigenous Foods

To support the use of traditional Indigenous foods in Child Nutrition Programs, FNS has created a new webpage as an organized hub of technical assistance resources and policy guidance. This new webpage, Serving Traditional Indigenous Foods in Child Nutrition Programs, houses relevant policy guidance and resources to assist CNP operators in determining how traditional Indigenous foods may contribute toward a reimbursable meal.

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