Whole Grains Month runs throughout the month of September, but we’re so excited about this year’s main Whole Grains Council activity that we’re starting our celebration a few weeks early.
Every year in September we encourage everyone, everywhere, to observe Whole Grains Month by trying some new and diﬀerent whole grains. For most of us, that’s easy and fun: Just go to your local store, look for the Whole Grain Stamp, and enjoy something new. For others, buying groceries of any sort may be a challenge, and shopping may take place at the nearest food bank.
That’s why we chose our “Good Grains for a Good Cause” sweepstakes as this year’s centerpiece activity for Whole Grains Month. We know that showering one winning charity with whole grains only begins to address the issue of making whole grains available to everyone. Why not pitch in, and donate some whole grain foods to your local food pantry during September? Many Whole Grains Council member companies regularly do just that; we’ve highlighted some of them on our website. Take a look, and “open the windows” on our main sweepstakes page to learn more about the charities these caring companies support.
Also to celebrate Whole Grains Month, Oldways and the Whole Grains Council have formed a partnership with an organization called Healthy Dining Finder. Healthy Dining Finder combs through the menus of America’s leading chain restaurants, and highlights the healthier dishes at each participating chain. Check out their website, where you can put in your zip code and learn about better-for-you choices.
As one of the ﬁrst steps of our partnership, we’ve added links to Healthy Dining Finder’s website on the WGC website, to make it easier for visitors to our site to get more information on the choices at restaurants that are in both our database and theirs. Later, we’ll be contributing content about the health beneﬁts of whole grains to Healthy Dining Finder’s website, too.
What are you doing for Whole Grains Month? If you’re new to whole grains, check out the “baby steps” ideas on the Whole Grains Month page of the WGC website. If you’re a dyed-in-the-wool whole grains champion already, share your favorite whole grains with family and friends, and get them excited about delicious, healthy whole grains.