Food Shopping

Young girl eating broccoli Farm to Preschool

Teach young children where their food comes from by partnering with a local farm. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables are naturally appealing to little eyes!

Food Buying Guide

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

The Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs can help you 1) buy the right amount of food and the appropriate type of food for your program(s), and 2) determine the specific contribution each food makes toward the meal pattern requirements.

Cost Effective Shopping for Child Care (PDF | 1.0 MB)

National Food Service Management Institute.

Use these tips to purchase food that meets your needs, while getting the best buy for your food dollar. From the Mealtime Memo series.

From the Trainer's Tablet: Lessons for Family/Home Child Care Providers

National Food Service Management Institute.

Lesson plans developed for child care providers to train staff on providing nutritious meals for young children.
- Cost-Effective Shopping
- Food Safety at the Grocery Store

Spend Smart, Eat Smart in Childcare (September 2012)

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The webinar offers many useful ways to save money yet provide healthy meals in the childcare setting.

Market display of fruit What's in Season?

Choosing fruits and vegetables that are in season is a great way to stretch food dollars. Learn about the fruits and vegetables that are fresh and in abundance each season!