Offer Versus Serve Information

  • All Barnstable Public Schools offer our students the USDA Offer versus Serve program for both Breakfast and Lunch.

    What is OVS? The goal of OVS is to reduce food waste while allowing students to choose the foods they want to eat. Everyone plays a role. When students understand OVS, lines move smoothly, allowing students to make the most of meal time and enjoy the wholesome and appealing foods they are served.

    Offer versus Serve is slightly different based on grade groupings.

High School Lunch

  • Color is Flavor

    • #5formaxflavor
    • Choose 3 or more colorful food groups
    • Take a least 1/2 cup fruit and/or vegetables

Middle School Lunch

  • #5formaxflavor

    • 5 food groups = maximum flavor
    • select at least 1/2 cup fruit and/or vegetable
    • choose at least 3 food groups

High School and Middle School Breakfast

  • Fuel up at breakfast

    • Choose at least 3 items (4 for maximum fuel)
    • Take 1/2 cup fruit and/or vegetable

Elementary Lunch

  • Color Your Lunch Tray!

    • choose 3 or more food groups
    • pick at least 1/2 cup fruit and/or vegetable

Elementary Breakfast

  • Build a Power Fueled Breakfast

    • choose at least 3 items
    • take 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable
  • In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

    1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
      1400 Independence Avenue, SW
      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
    2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
    3. email:

     This institution is an equal opportunity provider.