Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0159
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Offer Versus Serve Flexibilities in the SFSP – Extension

This waiver extends the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Offer Versus Serve Flexibilities in the SFSP  through Dec. 31, 2020, in conjunction with the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option Operations through December 2020.

COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #51
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0107
Nationwide Waiver to Allow Offer Versus Serve Flexibilities in the Summer Food Service Program

During the public health emergency due to COVID-19, FNS waives, for all states, requirements that limit the use of Offer versus Serve to school food authorities and require sponsors to apply OVS under the rules followed for the National School Lunch Program.

COVID–19: Child Nutrition Response #16
Resource | Worksheets
Offer Versus Serve in the CACFP

These worksheets can be used to empower Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) providers and operators with the knowledge, skills and expertise to implement CACFP meal pattern requirements.

Resource | Best Practices
Best Practices: Program Access and Expansion

This section presents ideas on outreach activities that have helped communities expand meal services and participation. 

Resource | FAQs/Q&As | FNS-GD-2019-0009
Summer Food Service Program Sponsor FAQs

SFSP is administered at the Federal level by FNS, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. FNS decides overall program policy and publishes regulations and payment rates.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2018-0038
Summer Food Service Program Memoranda Rescission

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance for state agencies and program operators on the status of nationwide waivers of statutory and regulatory requirements in the Summer Food Service Program.

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Resource | Webinars/Videos
CACFP Halftime: Offer Versus Serve in the CACFP

The CACFP Halftime: Thirty on Thursdays webinar series is a set of monthly interactive, skills-building webinars that focus on hot topics related to the updated Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal patterns. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0094
Offer Versus Serve and Family Style Meals in the Child and Adult Care Food Program

This memorandum outlines the use of offer versus serve in the adult day care and at-risk afterschool settings in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the use of family style meals in the CACFP.

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Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0054
Procurement Standards and Resource Management Requirements Related to Franchise Agreements

FNS is aware that school food authorities and program operators may be operating NSLP, SBP, and other child nutrition programs, in a way that includes offering reimbursable meals and non-program foods (a la carte sales, catering, adult meals, etc.) using foods from popular franchise restaurants through a franchise agreement.

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Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Summer - How to Do Offer Versus Serve

Offer vs. Serve (OVS) is an approach to menu planning and meal service that aims to simplify program administration and reduce food waste and costs while maintaining the nutritional value of the meal that is served.