Grains and cereals make up this group. Grains are required at breakfast, lunch and supper. Grains may also be served as one of the components at snack. 

Grains must meet the following criteria to be creditable:

New Requirements Effective October 1, 2017

Whole Grain-Rich Items

At least 1 serving of grains per day must be whole-grain rich.

Grain-based Desserts

Grain-based desserts no longer credit toward a reimbursable meal. These items include: cakes, cookies, bars, brownies, pastries, doughnuts, vanilla wafers, cinnamon/caramel rolls, pop tarts, cereal bars, granola bars, rice krispie bars, etc. 

Breakfast Cereals

Breakfast cereals include ready-to-eat, instant, and regular hot cereals.