How many pounds of food does a person eat in the average meal?

I need to find out how much food to buy for 200 people, so I thought that I might calculate pounds eaten per meal and do it that way. The food is going to be burritos, so that should be taken into consideration.

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  1. sleepycookie said:

    According to this site:
    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_pounds_of_food_does_the_average_person_eat_each_day
    the average person will eat about 4.7 pounds of food a day. If you divide that by 3 meals per day you get 1.57lbs per meal.

    So your 200 guests will eat around 314lbs of food. Play it safe and get at least 350lbs. If your guests are hearty eaters, they may eat even more than that, so take that into account.




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