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Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs

Last Published: 07/15/2015
Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition ProgramsThe Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs has all of the current information in one manual to help you and your purchasing agent 1) buy the right amount of food and the appropriate type of food for your program(s), and 2) determine the specific contribution each food makes toward the meal pattern requirements. You can print the entire manual, individual sections, or just updated pages to insert into your 2001 print copy.

The Food Buying Guide is being updated in phases to include resources for the new Nutrition Standards for School Meals. The following changes have been issued or are in progress:

  • Separation of Vegetables and Fruits Section
  • Meat/Meat Alternates Section Milk Section
  • Grains Section (under construction)
  • Appendix A Recipe Analysis (under construction)

Printed: November 2001

Revised: January 2008

Available: In PDF, below. Also available: Online Food Buying Guide Calculator for Child Nutrition Programs

See also: We have also updated the Vegetables/Fruits, Meat/Meat Alternates, and Milk Sections for use with the School Meal Programs. The Food Buying Guide for School Meal Programs includes an introduction, appendixes, and information on Meat/Meat Alternates, Vegetables/Fruits, Grains/Breads, Milk, and Other Foods.