School Meals

We’ve had some questions from families asking about the Offer vs Serve meal program. This is the definition from the USDA.

"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."

Information from the Office of Public Instruction in Helena further adds the Offer vs Serve allows students to decline up to 2 of the 5 items offered at lunch but the student must take a serving of fruit or vegetable.

How does this apply to Elysian’s program?

  • at least 5 items and milk are offered daily
  • a full salad bar, including protein options, offered daily (not counted as one of the 5 items & is optional)
  • students can decline 2 items but must take a fruit or vegetable

Take a moment to talk with your child(ren) about the program and discuss the options to see if they have an understanding what is available. If they don’t intend to eat an item such as items from the salad bar, explain they are not required to take it.

Thank you for participating in the school meal programs.