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Online Course

Navigating the Food Buying Guide Calculator

Nutrition Services Division

Welcome to the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division Navigating the Food Buying Guide (FBG) Calculator online course, developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  

By completing this course, Child Nutrition Program (CNP) Operators will learn how to determine required quantities of foods to purchase to meet the CNP meal pattern requirements.
This course takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Please allow enough time to complete the course in one sitting. You are required to complete every question, except those noted as "optional". At the end of the course, you will be asked to complete a short evaluation. You will then have access to a printable course certificate of completion for your records. Completion of this course is not recorded until you select Submit on the final screen. By selecting Submit, you are acknowledging that you have viewed the entire course.
Navigation options are available at the bottom of each screen. If you have technical difficulties or have questions about the content of the video, please contact the Education and Nutrition Policy Unit by phone at 916-445-9127 or by email at for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Operators, at for School Nutrition Program (SNP) Operators or at for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Operators.

Registration Information

 Your Contact Information: (Required)
The First Name, Last Name, and the date of completion will appear on your professional course certificate of completion. Therefore, to enhance the appearance of your certificate, use full names when entering your contact information. If you are currently participating in a CNP in California, use the business name that appears in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) for your District or Agency.
 Is your agency operated outside of California? (Required)
 Select which child nutrition program(s) you operate. (Required)
 Select the category that best describes who is reviewing this course. (Select all that apply; Required).
 Is this online course being reviewed by an individual or as a group? (Required)
Provide the URL to this online course to participants who would like a certificate of completion and instruct them to complete the certificate within the two to three weeks of the course.
Select Next to begin the course.