USDA began requiring inclusion of whole-grain-rich foods in school foods in 2012

Timeline of whole-grain requirements for USDA school meals and other foods sold at schools from before 2012 through 2019.

Whole-grain intakes in 2017-2018 remained far below that of refined grains despite 2005 Federal recommendations that half of grains consumed be whole grains. Beginning 2013–14, children’s diets were significantly more whole-grain dense than before, following 2012 requirement that USDA school meals include whole grains.

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