Arkansas Department of Education Clarification of Whole Grain-Rich Requirements for National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Afterschool Snack Program

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Memo Number
FIN-14-076
Memo Date
5/16/2014
Memo Type
Informational
Section
Fiscal & Administrative Services
Regulatory Authority
USDA Policy Memo SP 41-2014; 7 CFR 210 and 7 CFR 220
Response Required
NO
Attention
Co-op Directors; Elementary Principals; Middle School Principals; High School Principals; Superintendents; Child Nutrition Director

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Memo Text

The purpose of this memorandum is to define and clarify the whole grain-rich requirements for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Afterschool Snack Programs. Whole Grain -Rich Requirements Federal regulations for the current 2013-14 School Year (SY) require that half (1/2) of all of the grain/bread servings offered to students for reimbursable meals or snacks must be whole grain-rich products.  This requirement is for breakfast, lunch and afterschool snack programs.   Beginning SY 2014-2015 (July 1, 2014) this whole grain-rich requirement will increase to ALL of the grain/breads served to students.  Whole grain-rich products are those that are made of at least 50 percent whole grains.  The remainder of the grain in the product can be an enriched, refined grain.  As long as one half (1/2) of the grain in the product is whole grain, the product is whole grain-rich.  Whole grain-rich products do not have to contain 100 percent whole grains.  For example, if a standardized recipe requires 2 cups of whole grain wheat flour and 2 cups of refined, enriched wheat flour, that product would meet the definition of a whole grain-rich product because it is at least 50 percent whole grain.  However, if the recipe requires 2 cups of whole grain wheat flour and 3 cups of refined, enriched wheat flour, it does not meet the criteria for a whole grain-rich product because the whole grain ingredient is less than 50 percent.     As long as the grain/bread products offered in the Program(s) consist of at least 50 percent whole grain ingredients, the product is considered to be a whole grain-rich product and is allowed. For purchased products, the whole grain ingredient must be the first ingredient listed in the ingredient list.  Water is the only ingredient that can precede the whole grain.  A whole grain-rich product can contain whole grains and refined, enriched grains. In summary, beginning July 1, 2014, all products offered in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Afterschool Snack Program must be whole grain-rich.  A product that consists of 50 percent whole grains is considered whole grain-rich.  Whole grain-rich products do not have to contain 100 percent whole grains. Additional guidance on allowable grains is available in the Whole Grain Resources athttp://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/WholeGrainResource.pdf  

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