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Offer Versus Serve and Family Style Meals in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Last Published: 12/30/2016

This memorandum outlines the use of offer versus serve (OVS) in the adult day care and at-risk afterschool settings in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the use of family style meals in the CACFP. This memorandum includes clarification on the differences between OVS and family style meal service and contains frequently asked questions and answers in the Attachment. In addition, this memorandum supersedes SP 35-2011, CACFP 23-2011, Clarification on the Use of Offer vs. Serve and Family Style Meal Service, as it relates to the CACFP. SP 35-2011 remains in effect for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) until further guidance is issued. In addition, this memorandum supersedes FNS Instruction 783-9, Rev. 2, Family Style Meal Service in the Child and Adult Care Food Program; Instruction 783-9 has been rescinded.

Document #: 
CACFP05-2017