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Updated Offer vs. Serve Guidance for the NSLP and SBP in SY 2013-14

Last Published: 03/11/2014

Offer versus Serve (OVS) is a provision in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) that allows students to decline some of the food offered. The goals of OVS are to reduce food waste in the school meals programs while permitting students to decline foods they do not intend to eat.

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