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Online Course

CACFP Meal Pattern Compliance–Part Two:
Using the U.S. Department of Agriculture Online Food Buying Guide  

Nutrition Services Division

Welcome to the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division 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.

By completing this course, you will learn to use the USDA online FBG to determine the meal pattern contribution for food items, determine the amount of foods to purchase, and learn what documentation must be maintained to demonstrate compliance with the CACFP meal pattern requirements.
This course takes approximately one hour to complete. At the end of the course, you will be asked to answer assessment questions and 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 course, please contact the CDE CACFP Meal Patterns Team by email at or by phone at 800-952-5609, option 5. For more information about the USDA FBG, please visit the CDE Food Buying Guide (FBG) Calculator web page.

Registration Information

 Your Contact Information:
The First Name, Last Name, and the date of completion will appear on your 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 the CACFP in California, use the legal business name that appears in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) for your Agency.
 Select the category that best describes who is reviewing this course.  
 Do you or your agency operate outside of California?
 Is this online course being reviewed by an individual or as a group?
If individuals in the group would like a certificate of completion, they do not need to view the online course again; however, they will need to individually access this web page, complete the Registration Information section, answer the assessment questions, and complete the training evaluation.
To begin the course, select Next.