Offer versus Serve is a provision in the NSLP and School Breakfast Program 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.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the final rule, Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments in the Federal Register (79 FR 71155) on Dec. 1, 2014.
Along with providing healthy meals to children, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a great opportunity for nutrition education. By combining nutrition education into your summer site you can provide children and families with useful information on how to make healthy choices, offer engaging and fun activities, create opportunities to engage the community and help children develop lifelong healthy eating habits.