What if there were one day when, everywhere you went, there were opportunities to try delicious whole grain foods?

You’d stop into the cafeteria at your workplace, and you’d be offered a taste of quinoa salad. Your teenager would duck into a quick-serve restaurant, and they’d ask, “Would you like that on a whole grain wrap, instead of the usual bun?” In the park downtown, a food company would be passing out granola bars to joggers. At dinner, as you serve whole grain pasta to your family, your fourth-grader would report about the whole grain pizza in her school lunch.

Check out our video, below, to get inspired about Whole Grain Sampling Day.


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Check out How our partners are celebrating Whole Grain Sampling Day 2018

Meet our 2018 Whole Grain Sampling Day Partners

Organizations & Nonprofits

  • American Institute for Cancer Research
  • AMITA Health Adventist Medical Centers, Hinsdale and LaGrange 
  • AMITA Health Adventist Medical Centers, Bolingbrook and GlenOaks
  • Athens Nutrition
  • Cherokee Nation Cooweescoowee Health Center
  • Cherokee Nation Salina Health Center
  • Home Base
  • Jericho Road Community Health Center
  • The Liberty Science Center
  • Mclaren Macomb
  • NourishKC
  • Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Insitute
  • Pulses
  • Reynolds Army Health Clinic
  • St John Macomb Hospitals
  • St Vincent’s East
  • St Vincent’s Women’s Hospital
  • UPMC St. Margaret Hospital
  • Yesterday’s Kitchen 4 Today


  • General Mills
  • Grainful
  • Jovial
  • Mockmill
  • Modern Oats
  • Riceland


  • B. Good
  • Flour Bakery
  • Oat Shop
  • Panera Bread


  • Corunna Public Schools
  • DeSoto ISD
  • Easton Area School District
  • Hamilton Ohio City Schools
  • Huntington VA Medical Center
  • Leominster High School
  • McDougle Elementary School
  • Moscow School District
  • PDI (Perishable Distributors of Iowa)
  • Pike Township Schools
  • Spartanburg School District
  • Tewksbury District Schools
  • Wethersfield Schools


  • Big Y
  • Coborn’s
  • Giant Food
  • Hannaford
  • Harmons
  • Hy-Vee
  • Martin’s Food Markets
  • Monadnock Food Coop
  • Reasors
  • ShopRite
  • Skogen’s Festival Foods


  • Arizona State University
  • Belmont University
  • Boise State University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Caldwell University
  • Carroll University
  • Dartmouth
  • Davidson College
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University Florham Campus
  • Georgia Tech
  • Harvard
  • Hillsborough Community College
  • Kean University
  • New Jersey City University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • North Central College
  • Northeastern University
  • Oakland Community College
  • Oklahoma State University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Seton Hall University
  • SUNY Cortland
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Massachusetts — Amherst
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Wisconsin — Green Bay
  • University of Wisconsin — La Crosse
  • Utah State University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Washington State University


2017 WGSD Media Buzz


Previous Whole Grain Sampling Day Celebrations (2012-2017)

Check out how Whole Grain Sampling Day was celebrated during previous years, as you complete plans for your own Sampling Day partner activity:


Learn How — and Why — to Take Part in Whole Grain Sampling Day 2018


Sign Up Officially as a WGSD Partner

Click here to fill out our online WGSD Partners form. Right up through Sampling Day, we’ll list our partners’ plans and activities here on our website, to help drive traffic and media attention to your good ideas. Signing up is not required, but who doesn’t like free publicity? The sooner you sign up, the more visibility you get. 


Downloadable Resources to Help Implement Your WGSD Plans

The Whole Grains Council provides a full suite of resources for companies and organizations planning to take part in Whole Grain Sampling Day. 

Social Media & Marketing Resources

  • Social Media Ideas & Sample Tweets — Be sure to use the hashtag #SampleWholeGrains, and tag us on Twitter @OldwaysPT
  • Downloadable Graphics & Logos — Use our official Whole Grain Sampling Day logo in your marketing materials. Other graphics (including social media sized ones) also included.
  • Customizable Press Release — Download this customizable press release to announce your Whole Grain Sampling Day plans and build momentum. 
  • Event Flyer — Post this flyer at your Whole Grain Sampling Day event so that attendees know where they can get more information.

Quizzes & Contests

  • Whole Grain Trivia Contest Kit — This FREE kit comes with downloadable questions and answers, so that you can host your own trivia contest or populate a “spin-the-wheel” quiz
  • Guess the Grains Quiz — If you have internet access at your event, have visitors take our 10-question “Guess the Grains” Quiz. This is also a great tool if you have tablets (such as an iPad) at your booth/event.

FREE Handouts & Giveaways

  • Browse our FREE Handouts — From the truth about grain-free and gluten-free diets, to the sustainability benefits of whole grains, to easy whole grain recipes, we have a handout suited for any audience.
  • Get whole grain posters, buttons, & stickers — We offer buttons, stickers and posters at cost to commercial ventures – and free to nonprofits and educational groups.