This food amount chart lets you know just how much food to purchase for food preparation for a crowd of 50 or more.

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This food amount chart represents approximate quantities of food you must purchase as soon as you are food preparation for a crowd of 50 people. Food items are typical of what can be served at a party or enjoy the meal for a large crowd.


How to use this food amount chart:

This chart gives amounts for 50 servings. Because that 25 people, divide quantities indicated by 2. Because that 100, lot of by 2. Every serving quantities are approximate. Please use your best judgment.


Vegetables and also Fruit

Food Type

Approximate Amount for 50 ServingsServing dimension Per Person


Coffee (regular ground)

11/2 lbs.1 cup
Half & Half, for coffee2 1/2 pints1½ tablespoons
Sugar, for coffee12 ozs11/2 teaspoons
Fruit juice, lemonade, tea, etc1 cup
Bottles, cartons, cans4 32 oz.
Frozen7 12 oz. Cans
CocoaTo do 2½ gals.¾ cup
Instant mix2½ lbs.


Unsweetened powder8 oz.


Tea, hot or cold (follow parcel directions2½ gals¾ cup
Cider, hot or cold2 gals½ cup

Sodas, Punch

4 1-liter bottles or 3 gallons8 ozs. Purchase an ext for extra servings

Bottled Water

as packaged1 each

Breads, Rice, Pasta, Beans

Bread, sandwiches or next dish4 loaves (22-24 slices per loaf)2 slices
Rolls, biscuits, croissants, tiny muffins, bagels, etcdetermine by pkg. Size2 pieces
Crackersdetermine through pkg. Size4
Pancake Mixapp. 6 lbs, check out pkg directions2 4-inch cakes
French Toast4 lump (22-24 slices per loaf)2 slices
Cooked, oatmeal, gritsabout 2 gals. Cooked (app. 2 lbs dry)2/3 cup
Coldapp. 5 boxes½-1 cup
Coffee Cake4 8" bundt cakes1 continual slice
Pasta, together side dish, spaghetti, macaroni, noodles4-5 16 oz. Pkgs.1/2 cup, cooked
Rice, uncooked3-4 lbs1/2 cup, cooked
Beans, canned8-12 15.5 ounce cans1/2 cup


Eggs, scrambled, omelets, frittatas

8 1/2 dozen2 eggs

Butter, for bread

1lb.1 pat, 1/2 inch thick

Cheese, cut as appetizer

4 lbs.2 oz.
Milk 3 gals1 cup
Heavy whipping cream11/2 pints

2 tablespoons whipped

Meat, Poultry-Quantity Uncooked

Beef, Lamb, Pork,boneless

16-18 lbs3 ounces cooked
Beef, Lamb, Pork, roast, bone-in22-24 lbs3 ounces cooked
Beef or Pork Ribs25-40 lbs1 lb cooked

Pork Chops

17 lbs1 chop 3/4" Thick
Chicken, pieces with bone-in18-20 lbs1-2 pieces
Chicken, boneless, skinless, cut-up because that casserole, soup, stew etc.16-18 lbs3 ounces
Turkey, whole, come roast40-50 lbs. (2-3 big birds)3 ounces


6 lbs., 12-20 slices every lb2 slices
Ham, bone-in, come bake18-20 lbs.3 ounces, cooked
Purchased ready to eat15 lbs3 ounces, cooked
Sausage, links i.e.. Pork, Polish, Knockwurst or other variety sausages10-12 lbs.1-2 links=2 come 3 ounces, cooked
Hamburgers, ground beef or mixtureof soil meats13-15 pounds (app. 25% fat)4-8 ounces, cooked
Ground Meat, beef, turkey, pork, veal because that meat sauce, lasagna, tacos, casseroles, etc12-16 pounds (app. 25% fat)1/2 cup cooked
Hot Dogs12 lbs2 hot dogs


Beef, Ham, Turkey, deli sliced4 lbs, in total2 slices (about 1 oz)
Cheese, deli sliced3 lbs.1 slice
Bread4 lump (22-24 slices per loaf)2 slices

Condiments, Relishes and also Salad Dressings

Mayonnaise 32 ozs1 tablespoon
Ketchup2 20-oz bottles1 tablespoon
Mustard8 ozs.1 teaspoon
Pickles, whole, dill or sweet2½ qts1 pickle
Pickle relish2 qts1 oz.
Olives, ripe, entirety or pitted1½ qts3-5
Salad dressing, self serve1 quart1 tablespoon
Mixed in salad3-4 cups
Salsa2-3 qts.2-3 tablespoons
Jelly, jam preserves,2 32-oz jars1 tablespoon


Lobster, in shell1 lobster per person1 1/2 lb
Crabs, whole, steamed, boiled in shell4-5 bushels, (medium crabs, app. 80-90 crabs per bushel; inspect with your regional seafood sector as this varies by region)6-8 crabs per person, relying on how lot other food is served
Fish, Fillets and also steaks, fresh or frozen14-16 lbs uncooked3-4 ounces, cooked
Whole, cleaned40 lbs uncookedapp. 3 ozs
Shrimp, life in shell (any size)18-20 lbs3 ozs. Cooked (app. 6-7 medium shrimp)
Cooked (packaged frozen variety)10 lbs3 ozs. Cooking (app. 6-7 tool shrimp)
Sea Scallops, fresh or frozen10-12 lbs.

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4 scallops
Crabmeat, lobster meat, squid, cooked, box or packaged12-15 lbsapp. 1/2 cup
Mussels, Oysters, Clams, in shell12 each every person
Potatoes, red, white, Yukon gold, Russet or sweet; mashed, scalloped, au gratin, salads. Etc.18-22 lbs raw1/2 cup, cooked
Frozen, French fries, wedges, hash browns12-13 lbs1/2 cup
Lettuce, romaine, red leaf, icebergAbout 6 huge bunches1 cup

Vegetables, offered as next dish, untrimmed, most varieties: broccoli, cabbage, carrots, eggplant, environment-friendly beans, mushrooms, spinach, zucchini; sliced, diced or whole,

Fresh16-20 lbs

FrozenGreen beans, peas, corn, spinach,10 lbs

1/2 cup cooked

Vegetables offered in salad or in vegetable platter, untrimmed

FreshSuch together cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms, radishes4-6 lbs because that each vegetable in salad/tray

1/4 cup, as ingredient in salad
CannedMost varieties18-20 cups (8-10 14.5-15 oz cans, drained1/2 cup cooked
Tomatoes, sliced, for salad20-30 medium3 slices
Fruits,served as side dish or salad, cut up, most varieties,apples, grapes, melons, berries, bananasFresh10-15 lbsIn totalEx. 2-3 pounds each of 5-6 types of fruit1/2 cup
CannedMost varieties18-20 cups (8-10 14.5-15 oz cans, drained1/2 cup


Cakes2 13x 9 x 2" sheet cakes4 9" layer cakes4 loaf lb cakes1 small square or 1 slice
Pies, 8-9 inch7-8 pies1 continual slice
Cookiesdetermine through pkg. Size2-3 cookies
Ice Cream, Sherbet2 ½ gallons1/2 cup
Purchased Dessertsdetermine through pkg. Size1/2 cup or 3-4


Nuts, mixed

2 lbs

2 tablespoons (1 great handful)

Potato Chips, pretzels, tortilla chips, cheese curls etc

3-4 lbs (check package size)