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Whole Grain-Rich Implementation Update

As you know, USDA school nutrition guidelines require that all grain-based foods served for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) be whole grain-rich. According to the USDA 1, “Foods that meet the whole grain-rich criteria for school meal programs contain 100 percent whole grain or a blend of whole-grain meal and/or flour and enriched meal and/or flour of which at least 50 percent is whole grain.”

The new nutrition standards also apply to snacks, beverages, and competitive foods such as those from vending machines. The Smart Snacks in School standards mandate that “all snack foods sold in school must be whole grain-rich…or have as the first ingredient a fruit, vegetable, dairy product or protein-rich food. Combination foods that contain at least ¼ cup of fruit and/or vegetable or contain 10% of the daily value of calcium, potassium, vitamin D or dietary fiber will also be accepted.” 2

Many of the companies in the SuperKids program are making whole grain-rich snacks that meet these requirements. Be sure to look for them.

For complete dietary specifications for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, you can download the following:www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/legislation/dietaryspecs.pdf.

1 Source: United States Department of Agriculture Memo (April 26, 2012)

2 www.smartsnacksinschool.com/smart-snacks-in-school-standards

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