Reimbursable School Meals

This session provides general information in meal pattern planning and Offer versus Serve (OVS).


KEY AREA:  1:  Nutrition & 2:  Operations

School reimbursable meals are required to meet specific nutrition standards in addition to the required food components/food items. The school meals program menu requirements reflect the key food groups recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 

School meal requirements focus on food components, not nutrients. Students and their parents/guardians need to be aware of what is included in school meals. Students, so they know how to select a reimbursable meal, and parents/guardians, so they can reinforce nutrition education messages at home.