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Offer versus Serve (OVS)

General Information

OVS is only required for 9-12 students at lunch, and optional (but encouraged) for K-8 at lunch and K-12 at breakfast.

  • At breakfast, schools must offer at least four food items from the three required components (fruit, grains, fluid milk) and students must select at least three food items, one of which is 1/2 cup fruit and/or vegetable.
  • At lunch, schools must offer all five components and students must select at least three components, one of which is 1/2 cup fruit and/or vegetable.

For specific quantities of what to offer each age/grade group, please refer to the meal pattern tables.

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