Resource | Worksheets
Offer Versus Serve in the CACFP

These worksheets can be used to empower Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) providers and operators with the knowledge, skills and expertise to implement CACFP meal pattern requirements.

Resource | Worksheets
Offer vs Serve Breakfast Program Tip Sheet

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

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 | Webinars/Videos
CACFP Halftime: Offer Versus Serve in the CACFP

The CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays webinar series is a set of monthly interactive, skills-building webinars that focus on hot topics related to the updated Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal patterns. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0094
Offer Versus Serve and Family Style Meals in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

This memorandum outlines the use of offer versus serve in the adult day care and at-risk afterschool settings in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the use of family style meals in the CACFP.

CACFP 05-2017
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
Summer - How to Do Offer Versus Serve (OVS)

Offer vs. Serve (OVS) is an approach to menu planning and meal service that aims to simplify program administration and reduce food waste and costs while maintaining the nutritional value of the meal that is served.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
School Breakfast Webinar Part 1: Offer Versus Serve Overview and Strategies for Success

The purpose of this webinar session is to provide an overview of the Offer versus Serve (OVS) provision in the School Breakfast Program. During the session, attendees will be provided with an overview of how OVS fits into the updated breakfast meal pattern that goes into effect for SY 2013-14, including specific examples of what reimbursable meals might look like.

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