Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0159
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Offer Versus Serve Flexibilities in the SFSP – Extension

This waiver extends the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Offer Versus Serve Flexibilities in the SFSP  through Dec. 31, 2020, in conjunction with the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option Operations through December 2020.

COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #51
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0107
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Offer Versus Serve Flexibilities in the Summer Food Service Program

During the public health emergency due to COVID-19, FNS waives, for all states, requirements that limit the use of Offer versus Serve to school food authorities and require sponsors to apply OVS under the rules followed for the National School Lunch Program.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #16
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0097
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Offer Versus Serve Flexibility for Senior High Schools in the NSLP for SY 2020–21

Pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and based on the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency, FNS is establishing a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID–19) for school year 2020-21. This waiver applies to the National School Lunch Program.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #37
Resource | Worksheets
Offer vs Serve Lunch Program Tip Sheet

This tip sheet was designed for school foodservice professionals to provide an overview of offer versus serve guidance for lunch meal service. State agencies and regional offices may also use this tool to provide training about offer versus serve policy requirements at lunch.

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2018-0001
Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs

The Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs has all of the current information in one manual to help you and your purchasing agent buy the right amount of food and the appropriate type of food for your program(s), and determine the specific contribution each food makes toward the meal pattern requirements.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0033
Updated Offer vs Serve Guidance for the NSLP and SBP Beginning SY2015-16

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. 

SP41-2015
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0026
Voluntary Menu Labeling in the NSLP and SBP

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.

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2013-0020
Variations in Meal Requirements for Religious Reasons: Jewish Schools, Institutions and Sponsors

This instruction is intended to clarify allowable variations to child nutrition program food components in order to meet religious needs among Jewish schools, institutions and sponsors. 

783-13 Rev. 3
Resource | Flyers
Before/After Elementary School Lunch Menu

Before/After Elementary School Lunch Menu

Resource | Technical Assistance
Directions for Menu Worksheet

FNS Menu Worksheet, a tool designed to assist School Food Authorities (SFAs) in demonstrating that each of the menus meets the new meal pattern for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP).