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USDA Food Buying Guide

The USDA's interactive Food Buying Guide allows for easy searching, navigating, and displaying of content. In addition, users can compare yield information, create a favorite foods list, and access tools, such as:

  • The FBG Calculator
  • Exhibit A Grains Tool
  • Download Food Buying Guide
  • Recipe Analysis Workbook (RAW), and
  • Product Formulation Statement (PFS) Workbook.

Food Buying Guide vs. Crediting Handbook

The Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (FBG) is the principal tool with which to determine the contribution that foods make toward meal requirements regardless if foods are produced on site or purchased commercially. The Crediting Handbook is a supplementary resource with additional information on creditable foods in child and adult care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, and family day care homes.

Food Buying Guide Webinar Series

The USDA held four webinars to help you better navigate the Food Buying Guide and its features. Watch the recordings on demand!

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