Online Web Tool for Submitting Nutrient Data

USDA Child Nutrition Database

Online Web Tool for Submitting Nutrient Data


This tool is now open to collect new and updated data for CN22. The tool will no longer be closed in the transition period, but will remain open for data entry.

*Note: Currently, any item with a blank Value Type Code cannot be marked as discontinued. Users can go to Edit Product from the navigation bar, search for the item they wish to discontinue and update the record with the missing Value Type Code by selecting the appropriate check box. After the record is saved, the user can then return to the navigation bar to Mark Product as Discontinued, without receiving an error message.*


Welcome to the USDA Child Nutrition Database Online Web Tool for submitting nutrient data for foods offered in school meal programs. You need a Level 2 USDA eAuthentication account in order to access our website to submit or edit your nutrient data.


Returning Users:


To submit and edit data with your level 2 eAuthentication account, select Sign In.You can return to this page and start with the Sign In button at any time to check on the status of data you previously submitted online or continue working on saved data. Do not submit both online data and a paper form for the same food items.


Register for Level 2 EAuthentication:


USDA Level 2 eAuthentication accounts allow you to do business with government online. They provide access to authenticated sites (those that require passwords). In order to obtain your Level 2 eAuthentication account please follow these steps:

  1. Select Register below and complete your online application for a USDA eAuthentication Level 2 account. Respond to the Confirmation email within 7 days.
  2. Visit a local USDA Service Center office in person. Please bring official Government Photo ID (State driver's license or US passport to verify your identity). Note: Your first and last name in your eAuthentication Acccount record MUST match the name on your Photo ID.
  3. The Service Center employee (LRA) will activate your account.
  4. For more information about the process for creating a Level 2 account go to:

When you return to submit data, select Sign In. Vendors submitting data for the first time may request to submit multiple items in bulk. Please contact if interested in bulk upload.

RegisterSign In

Recommended computer configuration for using the USDA Child Nutrition Database Online Web Tool:

  • Any of the following browser versions or higher: Internet Explorer 7.0, Firefox 3.0, Chrome 3.0, Opera 10.0, Safari for Windows 4.0; or Safari for Macintosh 4.0;
  • JavaScript must be enabled;
  • Session Cookies must be enabled.

For technical assistance with accessing the CN Database Online Web Tool contact