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The USDA interactive Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (FBG) allows CEs to search creditable food items for food yield information to help determine the specific contribution each food item makes towards a reimbursable meal in all Child Nutrition Programs. It also provides useful tools, such as the Recipe Analysis Workbook and the Product Formulation Statement Workbook. In addition, with yield data for more than 2,100 food items, this guide provides ideas for adding new foods or new versions of familiar foods to your menus. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans emphasize that a variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains, especially dark green and red/orange vegetables and whole grains, are key elements of a healthful diet.

Contracting entities may also use the following resources to assist in ensuring that meals meet program requirements for reimbursement:

NOTE: Contents of all Food Buying Guide Supplements previously found on this page have been incorporated into the FBG. Requests for copies of archived Food Buying Guide Supplements can be emailed to In the subject of the email, list the full name of the Food Buying Guide Supplement requested.

Several representatives of Native communities have inquired about serving traditional foods in Child Nutrition Programs (CNPs). In particular, Native communities are interested in knowing which traditional foods are allowed and how these foods may contribute towards a reimbursable meal.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) understands the importance of serving traditional foods and encourages Indian Tribal Organizations, along with all operators of CNPs, to source locally grown and raised foods. The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify that traditional foods may be served in CNPs and to provide examples of how several traditional foods may contribute towards a reimbursable meal.

The USDA Crediting Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program  complements the Food Buying Guide by providing crediting information on foods that are commonly served in child care centers, at-risk afterschool care centers, adult day care centers and day care homes.

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Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (Revised in January 2018)

Presidents Challenge Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+)
This is a fun and interactive way to get both students and adults involved in making healthy lifestyle choices. The "challenge" lets individuals set age-appropriate nutrition and physical activity goals and provides a certificate for those who achieve their goals. The website offers tools and resources and even tips to help get motivated.

School Breakfast Online Resource

"Expanding Your Breakfast Program" provides a step-by-step guide to create a breakfast-focused team, explore alternative service methods, design and implement an action plan, and market the program effectively to improve participation and impact student health and academic potential. The resource includes downloadable letters to principals, teachers, and parents, a PowerPoint presentation, and other materials to build community support and encourage more students to eat School Breakfast.

Coordinated School Health
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) leads efforts to promote coordinated school health in Texas. Coordinated School Health (CSH) is designed to prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease, and Type 2 diabetes in elementary, middle, and junior high school students. Each program must provide for coordinating health education; physical education and physical activity; nutrition services; and parental involvement.

USDA Healthy Meals Resource System 
Find great standardized recipes, USDA recipes, recipes from industry and growers, and more! All recipes featured in this USDA website are quantity food service recipes.

Wellness Policy Resources from USDA's Food and Nutrition Service. helps young people learn and develop healthy attitudes that will last them a lifetime!

USDA Look here for an invaluable set of resources related to agriculture and nutrition.

Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN)
The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), part of the School of Applied Sciences at The University of Mississippi, is the only federally funded national center dedicated to applied research, education and training, and technical assistance for child nutrition programs. The Institute was established by Congress in the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 1989.

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Texas Department of Agriculture

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