Crediting Coconut, Hominy, Corn Masa, and Corn Flour in the Child Nutrition Programs
This memorandum provides guidance on crediting coconut, hominy, corn masa, corn flour, and cornmeal in the child nutrition programs (CNPs), including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. Previously, coconut and hominy did not meet the requirement for any component in the meal patterns, but could be served as an “extra” food. Based on stakeholder feedback, and to meet the growing and diverse cultural needs of our program participants, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is updating food-crediting guidance to allow coconut and hominy to credit in the CNPs. Additionally, FNS is updating the guidance on corn masa, corn flour, and cornmeal to simplify menu planning.
With the issuance of this memorandum, FNS is rescinding SP02-2013:Corn Masa (Dough) for Use in Tortilla Chips, Taco Shells, and Tamales, October 3, 2012.