Offer versus Serve is a concept that applies to menu planning and the meal service. OVS allows students to decline some of the food offered in a reimbursable breakfast or lunch. The goals of the OVS are to reduce food waste and to permit students to choose the foods they want to eat. Because students may choose fewer selections under OVS, guidance is provided on what constitutes a reimbursable breakfast and lunch.
SBP (School Breakfast Program)
The meal requirements for the breakfast program are:
One ounce equivalent of grain
One cup of fruit, vegetable, or full strength fruit or vegetable juice
One-half pint of milk
Under OVS, a school must offer at least 4 food items at breakfast. Students may select all four items but must pick up at least 3 different food items in the applicable minimum required serving size for the meal to be reimbursable.
NSLP (National School Lunch Program)
The meal requirements for the lunch program are:
Meat or Meat alternate
Vegetable and Fruit
Bread or Bread alternate
Under OVS, a school must offer 5 food components. All components must be offered in the required amounts; however, the student is required to take only 3 of the 5 food items; 1 of the items chosen must be a full serving of fruit or vegetable. Students must select at least 1/2 cup of vegetables to count toward a reimbursable meal. Three food components are required to support a minimally adequate nutritious meal for students as well as to support the amount of Federal reimbursement.
The following food items must be offered for lunch:
No. Competitive foods are not allowed in the cafeteria. Parents nor students should bring food from outside sources (Restaurants, Convenience Stores or Snack Machines) inside the cafeteria. Students are permitted to bring lunch from home if the lunch is in a plain (no logo) paper bag, sandwich bag or foil. No carbonated beverages or drinks of minimal nutritional value are allowed inside the cafeteria.
If your child has a medical condition or food allergy, a physician's statement (written by the physician) must be on file in the School Nurse's Office and Child Nutrition Manager's Office. The physican's statement must be current. Handwritten notes written by the parents will not be allowed.