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Determining Whole Grain-Rich Items in School Meals Online Training

Nutrition Services Division

Welcome to the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division
Determining Whole Grain-Rich Items in School Meals Online Training.

By completing this interactive module, you will learn why whole grains are critical to children's health, learn about the whole grain-rich requirements, learn how to identify whole grain-rich products for school breakfast and lunch, and access resources to support the whole grain requirements.
Resources are referenced throughout the training. You will need the following handouts for the training activities: List of Whole Grains and Noncreditable Grains and Whole Grain Resource for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs (page 5). Please be sure to access them prior to beginning the training.
NEW! On May 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued Policy Memorandum SP 32-2017: School Meal Flexibilities for School Year 2017–18 to allow options for the whole grain-rich, sodium limits, and low-fat flavored milk requirements. You can download the policy memo from the U.S. Department of Agriculture School Meals Policy Web page.

The California Department of Education (CDE) issued management bulletin (MB) SNP-09-2017 with further guidance for school meal flexibilities for the SY 2017–18. For more information about this MB, please navigate to the
CDE School Meal Flexibilities for SY 2017–18 MB Web page.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Julie BoarerPitchford, Nutrition Education Consultant, by phone at 916-322-1563 or by e-mail at
This training takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Please allow enough time to complete the training in one sitting. At the end of the training, you will take a short quiz followed by a training evaluation. You will then have access to a printable training certificate of completion for your records.

Navigation options are available at the bottom of the screen. For questions related to Determining Whole Grain-Rich Items in School Meals Online Training, please submit your questions to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 e-mail at For more information about nutrition education training and resources, visit the CDE Healthy Eating and Nutrition Education Web page.

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