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The Food Buying Guide

FNS Document #
Resource type
Technical Assistance & Guidance
Please Note

As of April 2024, this resource is under revision to reflect the Child Nutrition Programs: Meal Patterns Consistent With the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans final rule.  


Food Buyign Guide
The Food Buying Guide for
Child Nutrition Programs

The Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs has all of the current information in one manual to help you and your purchasing agent:

  • Buy the right amount of food and the appropriate type of food for your program(s).
  • Determine the specific contribution each food makes toward the meal pattern requirements.


All are welcome to download these materials and make copies. To download the file, please right-click on the link and select "save link as".

Page updated: June 12, 2024