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SECTION 6: PLANNING AND SHOPPING TIPS

FOOD PURCHASING GUIDE

Once you have planned your menu, it’s time to shop for your food supplies. Use the table below to help you plan the amount of food that you need to buy based on the number of children and youth that your program serves. Foods often used in SNPs are listed, along with examples of one serving size from each food group in Canada's Food Guide. Approximate amounts to buy for 50 and 100 children and youth are also provided.H

Use the total weight in grams or kilograms, or volume in millilitres or litres provided on the food label to calculate the number of servings in a product, and what amount you will need to buy. For example, if you are preparing scrambled eggs for 75 children and youth, and the serving size per child is 2 eggs, you would need 150 eggs. There are 12 eggs per carton, so you will need to purchase 13 cartons of eggs (150 eggs / 12 eggs in carton =12.5).

VEGETABLES AND FRUIT SERVING SIZE 50 CHILDREN 100 CHILDREN
Apples, raw, ready to serve, cored, unpeeled 60 g (125 ml) 3 kg 6 kg
Blueberries, fresh, whole 78 g (125 ml) 3.9 kg 7.8 kg
Cantaloupe, fresh, ready to serve, peeled, diced 78 g (125 ml) 3.9 kg 7.8 kg
Carrots, raw, Baby, ready-to-use 72 g (125 ml) 3.5 kg 7 kg
Celery, raw, ready to use sticks, ½ inch x 4 inch 66 g (125ml) 3.3 kg 6.6 kg
Cucumbers, raw, peeled, sliced or diced 90 g (125ml) 4.5 kg 9 kg
Grapes, whole, raw, seedless, with stem 90 g (125ml) 4.5 kg 9 kg
Lettuce, romaine, ready to serve raw pieces 60 g (250ml) 3 kg 6 kg
Peppers, Bell, raw, strips 64 g (125ml) 3.2 kg 6.4 kg
Pineapple chunks, canned in juice or light syrup (No. 2, 20 oz can) 95 g (125 ml) 18 kg (14 cans) 36 kg (28 cans)
Strawberries, fresh, whole 90 g (125ml) 4.5 kg 9 kg
GRAIN PRODUCTS SERVING SIZE 50 CHILDREN 100 CHILDREN
Bagel, whole wheat 45 g (approx. 1/2 bagel) 2.3 kg 4.6 kg
Bread, whole grain, sliced 35 g (1 slice) 1.8 kg 3.6 kg
Pita, whole grain or whole wheat 35 g (approx. 1/2 pita) 1.8 kg 3.6 kg
Soda crackers, whole wheat 30 g (approx. 4 crackers) 1.5 kg 3 kg
MILK AND ALTERNATIVES SERVING SIZE 50 CHILDREN 100 CHILDREN
Cheese 50 g (1 1/2 oz.) 2.5 kg 5 kg
Milk 250 mL (1 cup) 12.5 L 25 L
Yogurt 175 g (3/4 cup) 8.8 kg 17.6 kg
MEAT AND ALTERNATIVES SERVING SIZE 50 CHILDREN 100 CHILDREN
Eggs (large), fresh, whole 45 g (approx. 1/2 bagel) 100 eggs 200 eggs
Hummus 182 g (175 mL) 9.1 kg (8.75 L) 18.2 kg (17.5 L)
Tofu, firm, raw 150 g (175 mL) 7.5 kg 15 kg
Tuna (canned, unsalted), 170 g can 75 g (125 mL) 3.8 kg (approx. 22 cans) 7.6 kg (approx. 45 cans)