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Updated Offer vs Serve Guidance for the NSLP and SBP Beginning SY2015-16

Last Published: 12/24/2015

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.

Attached is the updated guidance manual for operators using OVS, which is optional at all grade levels for breakfast and required at the senior high school level only for lunch.  

This guidance is intended to clarify the requirements of OVS, specifically related to what students must take in order to have a reimbursable meal.  
 

Document #: 
SP41-2015