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CACFP Resources for Crediting Grains as Oz Eq

On October 1, 2021, grains served as part of reimbursable meals and snacks must be credited as ounce equivalents (oz eq) in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

There are 14.75 grams of creditable grain in 1 slice or serving and 16 grams of creditable grain in 1.0 oz eq. Therefore, a larger amount of a grain product must be served to meet the minimum serving size listed in the CACFP meal patterns charts when crediting grains as oz eq.

The California Department of Education (CDE) developed web pages to assist CACFP Operators in understanding how to credit grains as oz eq to ensure they are providing the grain component in the minimum quantities required to meet the CACFP meal pattern requirements for each age group for all meals and snacks.

Additional resources on crediting grains as oz eq are available on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) CACFP Grains Oz Eq Resources web pageExternal link opens in new window or tab..

Please note: On April 20, 2021, the USDA issued policy memo, COVID-19 Child Nutrition Response #91: Nationwide Waiver to Allow Specific Meal Pattern Flexibility in the CACFP for School Year 2021–22External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF). Included in this waiver is the option, with state approval, to waive the requirement to credit grains using oz eq. This waiver is effective July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. Additional guidance is forthcoming and will provide further details on the criteria to obtain approval and how to apply for the waiver.

Contact Information

If you have questions about the requirement to credit grains as oz eq, or need technical assistance to understand how to credit grains as oz eq, please contact the CDE CACFP Meal Patterns Team by email at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, April 27, 2021
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