Offer vs. Serve
Offer versus Serve (OVS)
is a concept which applies to menu planning in the school breakfast and lunch programs. It is designed to decrease food waste and provide students with more flexibility in choosing what they want to eat.
Except for fluid milk, the food components may be offered in more than one food item.
Overview of OVS Requirements at Breakfast:
OVS applies to the daily meal pattern requirements. Each school must OFFER four food items in at least the minimum daily amounts. Students must SELECT three food items under the Federal program regulations. One of the three required items must be a ½ cup of fruit (or vegetable, if offered), and the full serving of two other food items. The definition of food items and food components for breakfast is different from lunch.
The four food items may include two offerings of grains (either two of the same grain or two different grains) or two offerings of fruits/vegetables (either two of the same fruit/vegetable or two different fruits/vegetables), but cannot include two offerings of milk. Milk must be offered as one of the four food items.
At Plumas Unified School District Public Schools, all enrolled students may have one breakfast and one lunch at no charge under the Community Eligible Provision.
Benefits of OVS:
• Adults can teach children…by example…to make healthful choices.
• Reduces waste. Children will select the foods they want to eat.
• Students may take any combination of foods.
• Some foods count as more than one item.
• We encourage children to select all the foods offered so they have plenty to eat.