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Navigating the Food Buying Guide Calculator

Child Nutrition Program (CNP) Operators will learn how to use the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Buying Guide (FBG) Calculator to determine required quantities of foods to purchase to meet the CNP meal pattern requirements.

Course Description

  • Course Number: USDA External Training
  • Training Length: 45 minutes
  • Certificate: Available at the end of the training
  • Target Audience: CNPs
  • Mandatory: Yes, for prospective Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Operators
  • Cost: Free
  • Date Recorded: March 20, 2019

Online Course

Begin the Navigating the FBG Calculator course.

Referenced Resources


  • Crediting: .75 hour
  • Key Area: Nutrition (1000)
    • Training Topic: Menu Planning (1100)

      • Learning Objective: Write standardized recipes and use FBG (1140)

For more information on crediting, access the USDA web document Professional Standards Learning Objectives External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Additional Information

The FBG Mobile App is currently available on the iOS External link opens in new window or tab. and Android External link opens in new window or tab. platforms. For step-by-step instructions on using the online and mobile app versions of the FBG Calculator, access the California Department of Education FBG Calculator web page.

Contact Us

If you have technical difficulties, please contact the Nutrition Services Division by email

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division |
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, July 5, 2023
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