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Food Buying Guide

The USDA Food Buying Guide has been expanded and updated. The new guide replaces the 1984 edition and is more comprehensive. There is also a new look, with an updated design. The guide is packed with helpful information and contains meal pattern charts.

The guide will answer the following types of questions.

  • Will the meal meet the appropriate requirements of the various Child Nutrition Programs?

  • How many servings will you get from a specific quantity of food?

  • What quantity of the raw product will provide the amount of ready-to-cook food called for in a recipe?

  • How much food will you need to buy?

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