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

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. 

SP41-2015
Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Updated Offer versus Serve Guidance for the NSLP and SBP n School Year 2013-2014

This guidance replaces the 2004 edition of the Offer versus Serve in the School Nutrition Programs Resource Guide. In addition, please note that this guidance will be revised for School Year 2014 - 2015 and beyond to reflect newly implemented meal pattern requirements as they are phased in.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2011-0038
Clarification on the Use of Offer vs. Serve and Family Style Meal Service

This memorandum clarifies use of offer versus serve (OVS) and family style meal service in institutions participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and that serve meals prepared by school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast Programs (SBP).

SP35 CACFP23-2011