Child Nutrition Database
The Child Nutrition Database (CNDB) is a required part of the nutrient analysis software approved by USDA for use in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Food product data is collected for the following 18 nutrients: calories, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrate, dietary fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, potassium, iron, ash, total sugars, and moisture.
Submitting Nutrient Data for Inclusion in the CN Database
The online tool is open to collect food product nutrient data for the Child Nutrition Database, Release 22 (CN22). Any data entered before December 1, 2017 will be incorporated into CN22. The tool is no longer closed during the transition period between releases and remains open for data entry. Any data entered after December 1, 2017 will be incorporated into the next CNDB release.
Food Manufacturers: Click here to add your company’s nutrient data for foods sold in the school market to the CN Database. You will need a Level 2 USDA eAuthentication account to access the Online Web Tool for Submitting Nutrient Data. You will find more information about how to obtain your Level 2 eAuthentication account when you click on the link provided above.
Child Nutrition Database Release 21
(Child Nutrition Database MS Access Database (Access 2002 – 2003 file format [.mdb format])
(right click and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As")
(NOTE: The CN Database website will not display correctly in Internet Explorer. You must use a different browser to download the CN21 files, such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.)
Comments and Notes for the CN21 Release
A record with a date after 3/11/17 in the “date_added” field is a new record in the CN21 release. A record with a date after 3/23/17 in the “last_modified” field and different from the date in the “date_added” field contains a revised value in one or more of its fields with the CN21 release.
The CNDB is no longer being released in the plain text file format.
Fields for potassium (milligrams) and vitamin D (micrograms) are now provided in the CNDB.
Data for 122 new USDA Standardized Recipes (source code 2) was added to CN21.
379 new source code 3 (food industry) food items, including items from 12 new food companies were added to CN21.
133 source code 4 (USDA Foods) items from nine food companies were added to CN21.
No changes were made to the source code 1 data because SR has not been updated since the release of CN20.
121 source code 3 (FDES) records are marked “d” in CN21 with five weights (WGHT) records and 2,181 nutrient value (NUTVAL) records also marked “d” in CN21. Source code 1 data marked “d” in CN20, remains “d” in CN21.
For source codes 2 and 4, 443 food item (FDES) records, 526 weights (WGHT) records, and 7,088 nutrient value (NUTVAL) records marked “d” in CN20 were removed from CN21. No source code 3 items were marked “d” in CN20, so none were removed from CN21.
Please submit any questions, issues, or concerns regarding the Child Nutrition (CN) Database to:
Child Nutrition Database