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Grain Entrees Related to the Smart Snacks in School Standards

Last Published: 08/27/2015

The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify the status of grain-only items as entrées under the Interim Final Rule titled “National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP): Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School as Required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” also known as the Smart Snacks in School rule.

“Entrée item” is defined in the Smart Snacks in School rule as “an item that is either: (i) A combination food of meat or meat alternate and whole grain rich food; or (ii) A combination food of vegetable or fruit and meat or meat alternate; or (iii) A meat or meat alternate alone with the exception of yogurt, low-fat or reduced fat cheese, nuts, seeds and nut or seed butters, and meat snacks (such as dried beef jerky).” The interim final rule does not include grain-only items as entrée items. However, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) understands this may limit the availability of products which are healthy choices that students are accustomed to having for breakfast. Therefore, a school food authority (SFA) is permitted to determine which item(s) are the entrée items for breakfasts offered as part of the SBP.

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