Why It Matters Ask any young child if they like animal and graham crackers and their response will certainly be an enthusiastic yes.
By utilizing these revised instructions, we can ensure program integrity and use all resources available to provide the healthiest start to the children in our care.
Full Text Summary Whole-grain rich can be a confusing term.
Realizing the significant burden placed on providers if they had to calculate sugar, satured fats, and other nutritional components of each grain item they served to conclude if the item was allowable or not, USDA instead created categories to define grain-based desserts.
When the final meal pattern revision was published, sweet crackers (including graham and animal crackers), remained consistent with the School Meal Programs designation and were included under grain-based desserts.
After the final ruling was published, numerous stakeholders expressed the challenge of disallowing sweet crackers due to their shelf-stable nature, appetizing, and low-cost characteristics.
They were frequently served in both rural areas and At-Risk Afterschool sites due to those characteristics.
As participants in child nutrition programs (CNPs) the varied dates can make it difficult to know which donated products to serve first. Why It Matters Donated foods can be key in menu planning for many across the country.
It is our responsibility to maintain program integrity by serving the safest food possible.
This memo outlines and clarifies the grains component of the new meal pattern as well as provides an extensive and updated Q&A to address specific difficulties, including documentation.
Why It Matters We work to provide the highest level of nutrition and care possible to the children we serve every day.
We know the first years of life are vitally important to a lifetime of positive health and these changes help us support healthier infants as they grow into children.