• Offer vs. Serve

    Offer versus Serve (OVS) is a system designed to decrease food waste and give students greater flexibility in choosing what to eat for school breakfast or lunch. Students are more likely to eat what they choose. 

    Breakfast Requirements

    • Students must take at least three of the food items offered.
    • The three required food components for breakfast are Fruit & Vegetable, Grains, and Milk. A Meat/Meat Alternative is allowed as a substitution for a Grain component.

    Lunch Requirements

    • Students must take at least three components in the required quantities.
    • Lunch consists of five food components: Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Meat/meat alternatives, and Fluid milk.
    • One selection must be at least 1/2 cup (total) from either the fruit or vegetable component.
    • Depending on the planned menu, the student may need to select more than one food item to have the minimum quantity needed for a component to be credited.
    • The meal must be priced as a unit.  That is, a student who takes 3, 4, or 5 food items, or smaller portions of some items, pays the same price. 

    Facts about Offer v. Serve

    • Students can make food selections, and will more likely eat what they select.
    • Students may refuse any food item.
    • Students may take any combination.
    • Combination foods count as more than 1 food item.
    • Parents and other adults teach kids -- by example -- to make healthful choices.
    • We encourage students to select all foods offered.
    • Policy for extra portions at extra cost is unaffected by OVS.
    • Parents can review the school menu with your child to help them decide what to select.

    Use of OVS in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP):

    • OVS must be available for students at senior high schools (as defined by the State educational agency).
    • OVS is optional at middle and elementary schools (as defined by the State education agency).
    • OVS is not allowed for the NSLP snack service.
    • OVS is optional for summer meals offered by school food authorities (SFAs) through the Seamless Summer Option of the NSLP. 

    More Nutritional Information from ISD 622
    Nutritional information regarding the meals served can be found by visiting our Menus & Nutritional Information page.

Offer v Serve
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