Food Amounts for a Crowd

Need to know how much food for a crowd? Here's a table that gives you lots of food quantity information for a large group from a dozen to 48.

LRP from Lowell, MA

AMOUNTS of FOOD for a CROWD
FOOD ITEM SIZE for 1 12 24 48
Meat, Poultry and Shellfish
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(bone-in, unshelled)
3/4 pound 9 pounds 18 pounds 36 pounds
Meat, Poultry and Fish
(boneless)
1/4 pound 3 pounds 6 pounds 12 pounds
Chicken Salad, Side Dish
Main Dish
1/2 cup 1 1/2 quarts
3 quarts
3 quarts
1 1/2 gallons
1 1/2 gallons
3 gallons
Potato Salad, Baked Beans
or Coleslaw
1 cup 1 1/2 quarts 3 quarts 1 1/2 gallons
3 gallons
Meat Cold Cuts 1/2 cup 2 pounds 4 pounds 8 pounds
Cheese Slices 1 ounce 1 pounds 2 pounds 4 pounds
Rolls 1/2 cup 2 dozen 3 dozen 6 dozen
Crackers 2 1/2 cup 8 ounces 1 pound 2 pounds
Tossed Salad 1 1/2 cup 4 1/2 quarts 9 quarts 4 1/2 gallons
Salad Dressing 2 tablespoons 1 1/2 cup 3 cups 1 1/2 quarts
Dip 2 tablespoons 1 1/2 cup 3 cups 6 cups
Chips 1 1/2 cup 12 ounces 1 1/2 pounds 3 pounds
Fruit or Vegetable Dippers 4 pieces 4 dozen 8 dozen 16 dozen
Cake, 13x9" , 12-cup
Ring or 9" Layer
1/16 cake 1 cake 2 cake 3 cakes
Cookies 2 2 dozen 4 dozen 8 dozen
Ice Cream 1/2 cup 2 quarts 1 gallon 2 gallons
Coffee, Brewed
Ground Coffee
3/4 cup 9 cups water
1 1/2 cups
18 cup water
3 cups
36 cups water
5 cups
Tea, Brewed
Losse Tea
Tea Bags
3/4 cup 9 cups water
1/4 cup
12 bags
18 cups water
1/2 cup
24 bags
36 cups water
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1 cup
48 bags
Iced Tea 1 cup 3 quarts 1 1/2 gallons 3 gallons
Punch 1/2 cup 1 1/2 quarts 3 quarts 1 1/2 gallons
Mineral Water 8 ounces 3 quarts 6 quarts 12 quarts
Ice 4 ounces 3 pounds 6 pounds 12 pounds

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