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Final Rule Extends Deadline to Implement Ounce Equivalents as a Measure for Creditable Grains in CACFP

" USDA has extended until October 1, 2021, the deadline for implementing ounce equivalents to determine the quantity of creditable grains in CACFP.
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Per the Final Rule posted in the Federal Register on September 25, 2019, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended until October 1, 2021, the deadline for implementing ounce equivalents to determine the quantity of creditable grains within the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The previous implementation date was October 1, 2019. The extension allows more time for FNS to develop additional technical assistance materials and for TDA and contracting entities (CEs) to provide training and technical assistance to support meal planners. In the interim, CEs are encouraged to transition to using ounce equivalents, rather than household measures such as cups or “servings,” to determine the quantity of creditable gains. Assistance for this transition is available via applicable FNS-sponsored training webinars; tools such as the Recipe Analysis Workbook and Exhibit A Grains Tool sections of the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs; and TDA’s meal pattern training modules and Q&As located on the CACFP Meal Patterns page on SquareMeals.org. TDA is in the process of updating the CACFP Handbooks to reflect this guidance.



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