Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

Crediting of Corn Meal and Corn Flour


Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information

To: All Child Nutrition Program Sponsors

Number: USDA-CNP-01-2008

Attention: Food Service Directors, Food Service Managers

Date: February 2008

Subject: Crediting of Corn Meal (Cornmeal) and Corn Flour for Grains/Breads Component in Food-Based Menu Planning

Reference: United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Policy Memo TA 01-2008; December 11, 2007

This Management Bulletin (MB) transmits current information from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the purpose of crediting corn meal and corn flour as a grain/bread component for Food-Based Menu Planning in all Child Nutrition Programs.

On February 17, 2006, the United States Food and Drug Administration published draft guidance entitled Whole Grain Label Statements; this guidance clarified the standards of identity for corn meal and corn flour, indicating that these products should no longer be considered whole grains for the Child Nutrition Programs.

Beginning July 1, 2008, in order to be credited towards meeting meal pattern requirements, corn must be labeled as:

  1. “Whole corn” (or other “whole” corn designations, such as whole grain corn, whole ground corn, whole cornmeal, whole corn flour, etc.), or
  2. “Enriched” corn (or other “enriched” corn designations, such as enriched yellow cornmeal, enriched corn flour, enriched corn grits, etc.).
Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact your Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), School Nutrition Program (SNP), or Summer Meals Unit (SMU) specialist.

CACFP: Nancy Charpentier, Office Technician (OT), by phone at 916-327-2991 or by e-mail at ncharpentier@cde.ca.gov; or Leslie Schar, OT, by phone at 916-324-6153 or by e-mail at lschar@cde.ca.gov.

SNP: Ashley Osterman, Child Nutrition Consultant (CNC), Northern SNP Unit, by phone at 916-445-1261 or by e-mail at aosterman@cde.ca.gov; or Lori Porter, CNC, Southern SNP Unit, by phone at 916-322-1454 or by e-mail at lporter@cde.ca.gov.

SMU: Larry Frakes, OT, by phone at 916-322-8323 or by e-mail at lfrakes@cde.ca.gov.

 

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Recently Posted in Nutrition
  • SNP Administrative Review (updated 15-Feb-2017)
    Includes information, regulations, procedures, and updates on the School Nutrition Programs administrative review.
  • CNIPS Training Registration (added 14-Feb-2017)
    Information about CDE-sponsored courses, training locations, and registrations are available on the CNIPS Training Registration Web page. This Web page is accessed from the CNIPS Home Page by selecting the Training Registration link.
  • Food Service Management Company Rebids 2017-18 (added 14-Feb-2017)
    School Food Authorities required to rebid Food Service Management Company contracts for School Year 2017-18.
  • Two-cent Differential Reimbursement for New SFAs (added 30-Jan-2017)
    MB SNP-04-2017, USDA Policy Memo SP 30-2014: Determining Eligibility for Two-cent Differential Reimbursement and SP 23-2005: Eligibility for Severe Need Rates for the School Breakfast Program.
  • Health and Safety Permit and Fire Inspection (added 24-Jan-2017)
    Management Bulletin CACFP-07-2016: Health and Safety Permit and Fire Inspection Requirements for License-exempt Centers.

  • Eligibility Requirements for Military Families (added 19-Jan-2017)
    Management Bulletin CNP-02-2017, USDA Policy Memo SP 06-2010, CACFP 03-2010, SFSP 04-2010 Revised: Eligibility Requirements for Military Families.
  • 2017–18 SBP and SFSP Start-up and Expansion Grants (added 04-Jan-2017)
    Management Bulletin SNP-01-2017/SFSP01-2017: CEC Section 49550.3: Availability of School Breakfast Program and Summer Food Service Program Start-up and Expansion Grants for State Fiscal Year 2017-18 Request for Applications.