Menu Planning ToolsTools for School Food Service
Planning menus for your school or district? View these helpful resources!
Tools for Child Care Providers
These menu planning tools were specifically created for child care providers in homes or centers.
Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs
USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.
This tool will help you buy the right amount of food most economically. It will help you determine the specific contribution each food makes toward the meal pattern requirements.
Food Buying Guide Calculator for Child Nutrition Programs
National Food Service Management Institute; Team Nutrition
NFSMI and Team Nutrition have developed an online calculator to be used with the USDA Food Buying Guide (FBG). The interactive and simple to use calculator allows child nutrition professionals to build shopping lists of foods from the FBG and determine how much of each item to purchase to provide enough servings for the children in their program.
Healthy Cuisine for Kids
National Food Service Management Institute.
A hands-on training program designed for food service staff to be presented by the manager or other trainer. Focus is on the development of culinary techniques that support the implementation of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Nutrient Analysis Protocols: How to Analyze Menus for USDA's School Meals Program Manual (PDF | 1.6 MB)
United States Department of Agriculture. Food and Nutrition Service.
This manual establishes procedures (protocols) to conduct an accurate nutrient analysis. It is developed for:
- State agencies, during an Administrative Review, that:
- Conduct a nutrient analysis of one school week's menus for a school being reviewed
- Validate a School Food Authority (SFA)-conducted nutrient analysis
- SFAs that may conduct an optional nutrient analysis