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FNS Proposes to Delay the Grain "Ounce Equivalents" Requirement for CACFP.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) proposed a delay to the implementation date of the "ounce equivalents" requirement for crediting grains served in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) from Oct. 1, 2019 until Oct. 1, 2021. The final rule, Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 published in April 2016, specified that meal planners must use ounce equivalents to determine the amount of creditable grain served as part of a reimbursable meal or snack. Historically, meal planners at day care homes and centers in CACFP have credited grains served as part of reimbursable meal or snack based on household measures, such as cups or "servings" of breads and other grain-based foods. The ounce equivalents provision would bring CACFP in line with the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, as well as the technical measurement approached reflected in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The new implementation date will allow more time for FNS to develop additional technical assistance materials and for State agencies and sponsoring organizations to provide training and technical assistance to make compliance easier for meal planners nationwide. More information can be found here.

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