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Summer 2023 - Updates to Offer Vs Serve Requirements in SFSP

Published: 58 days ago
" December 2, 2022 - Per the recent September 2022 Final Rule, flexibilities for utilizing an Offer Versus Serve (OVS) method of service in SFSP have been modified and codified in the Code of Regulations.
December 2, 2022 - 
Per Final Rule, Streamlining Program Requirements and Improving Integrity in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the OVS option is only available to school food authority (SFA)-sponsored sites. SFAs that opt into OVS service must use either the meal pattern requirements for NSLP/SBP, including portion sizes and all required components, or the SFSP meal pattern and SFSP OVS guidelines as follows:
  • CEs may provide breakfast meals by offering four items from all three components specified in the SFSP meal pattern. Children may be permitted to decline one item.
  • CEs may provide lunch or supper meals by offering five food items from all four components specified in the SFSP meal pattern. Children may be permitted to decline two components.


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