Whole Grain Sampling Day is the day when our participating partners all plan their own activities and promotions, and each one is different. Below, is what’s happening on or around Wednesday, March 29, 2017, partner by partner (in alphabetical order):


Arizona State University

Arizona State University will be celebrating Whole Grain Sampling Day at all 4 campuses (Tempe Campus, West Campus, Polytechnic Campus, Downtown Phoenix Campus) with sampling and educational tables in their dining halls. Additionally, all throughout the month of March, quinoa will be featured as one of the superfoods for their annual Dine Healthy: Be Healthy event, with the theme “Superfood: Super You.”


Atlantic Superstore

Select locations of Atlantic Superstore (Loblaw’s) will have Whole Grain Sampling Day events on or around March 29. See some of the participating stores below:

  • Tantallon Atlantic Superstore (5178 St. Margarets Bay Road, Upper Tantallon, NS)

Big Y

Select Big Y locations will have Whole Grain Sampling Day events and tastings, to encourage customers to try more whole grains. See details on some of the participating stores below:

  • Springfield Big Y (2145 Roosevelt Ave, Springfield, MA) 

Bon ME (Boston, MA) 

On Whole Grain Sampling Day, Bon Me will be offering samples of their brown rice or soba noodle bowls at their Chestnut Hill Square, Alewife, and Boston Public Market restaurant locations, and will also be promoting their whole grain choices on Twitter (@BonMe).


Boston University

Boston University will have a special Whole Grain Sampling Day event at the GSU during lunchtime on Wednesday, March 29. Students can look forward to learning about the benefits of whole grains, where to find whole grains on campus, as well as free whole grain samples.


California Pizza Kitchen

On Whole Grain Sampling Day, California Pizza Kitchen will be promoting their whole grain options, like the Quinoa + Arugula Salad, on Twitter (@calpizzakitchen).


Chartwells Higher Education at University of Alaska — Fairbanks

On Whole Grain Sampling Day, the University of Alaska — Fairbanks will have a whole grain information table with samples, and whole grain information will be featured throughout the dining halls. 


Choices Markets

Select locations of Choices Markets will be hosting Whole Grain Sampling Day events. See some of the participating stores below.

  • Choices Markets — North Vancouver (801 Marine Dr, North Vancouver, BC)

Coborn’s

Select locations of Coborn’s will be hosting Whole Grain Sampling Day events on or around March 29. See some of the participating stores below:

  • Coborn’s Marketplace Isanti (209 6th Avenue NE, Isanti, MN)
  • Coborn’s Marketplace Pine Cone (1725 Pine Cone Rd S, Sartell, MN)
  • Coborn’s Ramsey (7900 Sunwood Dr NW, Ramsey, MN)

County Market

County Market will be hosting a Whole Grain Sampling Day event at one of their busiest stores in the Springfield, IL area. Around lunchtime, there will be a table set up with whole grain recipes, products, and handouts, and there will be samples of a whole grain recipe for tasting.

  • County Market: 210 E Carpenter St, Springfield, IL

Dartmouth College

On Whole Grain Sampling Day, students at the Dartmouth can look forward to special whole grain menu items and educational tables. Whole grain choices will also be promoted via digital screens on campus, and in “The Scoop” — a digital media platform that sends out short bleeps to followers.


Davidson College

For Whole Grain Sampling Day, Davidson College is going to put special emphasis on whole grain menu items on that day, and also feature whole grains throughout the whole week.


Flour Bakery + Cafe (Boston, MA)

On Whole Grain Sampling Day, Flour will be promoting their whole grain options on Twitter (@jbchang & @flourbakerycafe), Facebook (/flourbakerycafe), and Instagram (@flourbakeryandcafe).


FoodCorps and Bob’s Red Mill

FoodCorps has partnered with Bob’s Red Mill and is encouraging their 213 service members across 18 states to plan a Whole Grain Sampling Day event in their community. Bob’s Red Mill has generously donated free products to the service members and is helping FoodCorps plan tasty whole grain recipes that can be used in lessons and taste tests.


Giant Food

Select Giant Food locations will have Whole Grain Sampling Day events and tastings, to encourage customers to try more whole grains. See details on some of the participating stores below:

  • Rockville Giant Food (9719 Traville Gateway Drive, Rockville, MD) — Sampling of whole grain products on Tuesday, March 14
  • Severna Park Giant Food (573 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD) 
  • Washington DC Giant Food (1400 7th St NW, Washington, DC)

Healthy Dining Finder

Healthy Dining Finder is promoting WGSD to consumers with blogs on the Healthy Dining Finder website, a promotion in their e-newsletter, and social media posts. They’ll also promote WGSD to restaurants with outreach and social media promotion, urging restaurants to participate.


Hy-Vee

Select Hy-Vee locations will have Whole Grain Sampling Day events and tastings, to encourage customers to try more whole grains. See details on some of the participating stores below:

  • Hilltop Hy-Vee (2010 Adams St, Mankato, MN)
  • Springfield Hy-Vee (2115 S MacArthur Blvd, Springfield, IL)
  • Peoria Hy-Vee (4125 N. Sheridan Rd, Suite 20, Peoria, IL)

Indiana University Bloomington

On Whole Grain Sampling Day, Indiana University Bloomington will give extra attention to their whole grain items, along with samples, to encourage students to try them!


Johnson & Wales University

For Whole Grain Sampling Day, Johnson & Wales University will have special whole grain menu items in their dining halls, and will encourage whole grain choices via social media, digital screens across campus, and a whole grain calendar countdown leading up to the event. Some culinary instructors will also be featuring whole grains in their lessons for that day.


Loyola University (New Orleans, LA)

On Whole Grain Sampling Day, students at Loyola can look forward to special whole grain menu items and educational tables with samples of a featured whole grain recipe. 


Maggiano’s Little Italy

Maggiano’s will promote their 100% whole grain pasta as an option via Twitter (@maggianos), Facebook (/Maggianos), and Instagram (@maggianoslittleitaly). 


Martin’s Food Markets

Select Martin’s Food Markets locations will have Whole Grain Sampling Day events and tastings, to encourage customers to try more whole grains. See details on some of the participating stores below:

  • 1320 Londontown Blvd, Eldersburg, MD

Mississippi State University

For Whole Grain Sampling Day, Mississippi State University is planning a special whole grain sampling station with tastings, recipes and resources! The event will take place in the outdoor Health Hut or inside the dining hall, weather permitting.


Nicholls State University

On Whole Grain Sampling Day, students at Nicholls State can look forward to special whole grain menu items and educational tables with samples of a featured whole grain recipe. 


North Carolina State University

On Whole Grain Sampling Day, students at North Carolina State University can look forward to a special whole grain menu.


Oklahoma State University

For Whole Grain Sampling Day, Oklahoma State University will have a special whole grain recipe contest, and will encourage whole grain choices via social media and educational tables.


Penn State

Penn State is incorporating Whole Grain Sampling Day events into their national nutrition month celebration. On Wednesday, March 9, each of the main dining halls will feature special whole grain menu items (Three Mushroom Barley Soup, Crispy Southwestern Quinoa Sliders, and Jicama Corn Slaw at lunch, and Three Mushroom Barley Soup, Buckwheat Crusted Salmon with Fried Onion and Pickled Radish, and Creamy Farro Risotto at Dinner). Students and staff should also keep their eyes open for a whole grain sampling station.


Reasor’s

Select locations of Reasor’s will be celebrating Whole Grain Sampling Day. See below for details:

  • Reasor’s — Broken Arrow (1100 E. Kenosha, Broken Arrow, OK): Reasor’s will be turning their focus to whole grains during that week (3/29) as part of their National Nutrition Month celebration. They will be using social media to post whole grain recipes, tips and information about whole grains, and a live video on 3/29 teaching customers about the Whole Grain Stamp.

Rio Grande Regional Hospital (McAllen, TX)

The Rio Grande Regional Hospital Cafeteria in conjunction with The Diabetes Management Center will be celebrating Whole Grain Sampling Day, and there will be an informational table staffed by a registered dietitian with whole grain handouts and tips.


ShopRite

Select ShopRite locations will have Whole Grain Sampling Day events and tastings on or around March 29, to encourage customers to try more whole grains. See details on some of the participating stores below:

Connecticut

  • ShopRite of Canton (110 Albany Turnpike, Suite 200, Canton, CT)
  • ShopRite of New London (351 North Frontage RD, New London, CT)

Marlyland

  • ShopRite of White Oak (12028 Cherry Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD)

New Jersey

  • ShopRite of Absecon (616 White Horse Pike, Absecon, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Belleville (726 Washington Ave, Belleville, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Burlington (1817 Mt Holly Rd, Burlington, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Elizabeth (865 W Grand St, Elizabeth, NJ)
  • ShopRite of English Creek (3003 English Creek Ave, Egg Harbor Township, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Evesham Rd (400 E Evesham Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Flanders (90 Bartley Flanders Rd, Flanders, NJ) 
  • ShopRite of Franklin (270 Route 23, Franklin, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Galloway (401 S Pitney Rd, Galloway, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Glassboro (201 William Dalton Dr, Glassboro, NJ) 
  • ShopRite of Greater Morristown (178 E Hanover Ave, Cedar Knolls, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Greenwich (1207 Route 22, Phillipsburg, NJ) – product sampling & guess the grains game
  • ShopRite of Hainesport (Crossroads Plaza, 1520 Route 38 East, Hainesport, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Hillsborough (601 US 2016, Hillsborough, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Hunterdon County (50 Walmart Plaza, Clinton, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Jersey City (400 Luis Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Lincoln Park (60 Beaver Brook Rd, Lincoln Park, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Lodi (175 Main St, Lodi, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Marlton (307 New Jersey 70, Marlton, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Mansfield (1965 Route 57 and Allen Rd, Hackettstown, NJ) 
  • ShopRite of Marmora (4 Roosevelt Blvd, Marmora, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Millburn (220 Main St, Millburn, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Millville (2130 N. 2nd St, Millville, NJ) 
  • ShopRite of Newark (206 Springfield Ave, Newark, NJ) 
  • ShopRite of Northvale (246 Livingston St, Northvale, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Nutley (437 N Franklin Ave, Nutley, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Oakland (14 Post Road, Oakland, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Old Bridge (Fairway Plaza, 2239 US 9, Old Bridge, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Paramus  (224 Rt 4 East At Forest Ave,  Paramus, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Rio Grande (Rio Grande Plaza Shopping Center, 1700 NJ-47, Rio Grande, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Springfield (727 Morris Turnpike, Springfield Township, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Spotswood (380 Summerhill Rd, Spotswood, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Wallington (375 Paterson Ave., Wallington, NJ)
  • ShopRite of Washington (2 Clubhouse Dr., Washington, NJ) 
  • ShopRite of Watchung (1701 US-22, Watchung, NJ)
  • ShopRite of West Deptford (45 Parkville Station Rd, West Deptford, NJ) 

New York

  • Buonadonna’s ShopRite of Massapequa (5508 Sunrise Hwy, Massapequa, NY) 
  • ShopRite of Albany (709 Central Avenue, Albany NY)
  • ShopRite of Dolson Avenue (125 Dolson Ave, Middletown, NY) 
  • ShopRite of Monroe (Brixmor Property Group, 785 NY-17M #1, Monroe, NY) — “Guess the Whole Grain” game with customers, samples, and education about the difference between whole and refined grains
  • ShopRite of New Hyde Park (2335 New Hyde Park Rd, New Hyde Park, NY)
  • ShopRite of Niskayuna (2333 Nott St E, Niskayuna, NY)
  • ShopRite of White Plains (13 City Place, White Plains, NY)

Pennsylvania

  • Cowhey Family ShopRite (942 W. Street Rd, Warminster, PA)
  • ShopRite of Bethlehem (4701 Freemansburg Ave, Bethlehem, PA)
  • ShopRite of Brodheadsville (107 Kinsley Dr, Brodheadsville, PA)
  • ShopRite of Cheltenham Square (2385 W Cheltenham Ave, Philadelphia, PA) 
  • ShopRite of Fox Street (2800 Fox St, Philadelphia, PA)
  • ShopRite of Stroudsburg (51 N 3rd St, Stroudsburg, PA)
  • ShopRite of West Chester (1115 W. Chester Pike, West Chester, PA): The RD will be sampling various products from 10am-2pm. Stop by for recipes, product samples, coupons, trivia and more!
  • ShopRite of Whitman Plaza (330 W. Oregon Ave. Philadelphia, PA)

Stop & Shop

Select Stop & Shop locations will have Whole Grain Sampling Day events and tastings, to encourage customers to try more whole grains. See details on some of the participating stores below:

  • Chelmsford Stop & Shop (299 Chelmsford Street, Chelmsford, MA 01824): Whole Grain Sampling Day events March 14 & 16 from 12-2.

 Syracuse University

For Whole Grain Sampling Day, Syracuse University Food Services will be offering samples of whole grain menu items and will be promoting whole grains on social media.


Tulane University 

On Whole Grain Sampling Day, students at Tulane can look forward to special whole grain menu items and educational tables with samples of a featured whole grain recipe. 


University of Arizona

On Whole Grain Sampling Day, students at University of Arizona can look forward to special whole grain menu items and educational tables with samples of a featured whole grain recipe at lunch & dinner. This is a great way to try whole grains that are nutrient dense and taste great!


University of Illinois

For Whole Grain Sampling Day, the University of Illinois will utilize SAMPLED (their pop-up sampling stations) across the dining halls to spotlight new whole grain recipes for potential inclusion in the regular menu cycle.


University of Kansas

The University of Kansas will celebrate Whole Grain Sampling Day with whole grain themed menus and special educational tables. 


University of Missouri

For Whole Grain Sampling Day, the University of Missouri is getting an early start! On Monday, March 20, the University of Missouri will have special whole grain menu items in their dining halls, and will encourage whole grain choices to the students.