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Using the USDA Online Food Buying Guide

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Meal Pattern Compliance–Part Two: Using the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Online Food Buying Guide (FBG) online course.

Course Description

This online training provides CACFP Operators information on using the USDA online FBG to determine how to credit food items and recipes to the meal patterns and how to determine how much food to purchase to provide the minimum serving sizes required. In addition, the final section of this online course provides guidance on the required documentation CACFP Operators must maintain to demonstrate CACFP meal pattern compliance during an administrative review.

  • Course Number: 459
  • Training Length: 1 hour
  • Certificate: Yes
  • Target Audience: CACFP Operators
  • Mandatory: No
  • Cost: Free
  • Date Recorded: October 2020

Online Course

Begin the CACFP Meal Pattern Compliance–Part Two: Using the USDA Online FBG course.

A transcript for the online course is available on the California Department of Education (CDE) Transcript: Using the USDA Food Buying Guide web page.

Referenced Resources

Crediting

  • Crediting: 1 hour
  • Key Area: Nutrition (1000)
    • Training Topic: Menu Planning (1100)
      • Learning Objective: Plan menus that meet USDA nutrition requirements for reimbursable meals, including calculating meal components (1110)

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

Contact Us

For technical difficulties, please contact the Education and Nutrition Policy–Community Unit by phone at 800-952-5609, Option 5. For questions regarding the content of this course, please contact the CACFP Meal Patterns Team by email at CACFPmealpatterns@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   CACFP Meal Patterns Team | CACFPmealpatterns@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Monday, March 29, 2021
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