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Offer versus Serve in the CACFP

The Offer versus Serve (OVS) in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) online course.

Course Description

This online training describes the requirements for implementing OVS in adult day care agencies and the at-risk afterschool program participating in the CACFP. OVS is an approach to menu planning and meal service that allows participants to decline some of the food offered in a reimbursable breakfast, lunch, or supper.

  • Course Number: 449
  • Training Length: 20 minutes
  • Certificate: Yes
  • Target Audience: CACFP adult day care and at-risk afterschool program centers
  • Mandatory: No
  • Cost: Free
  • Date Recorded: November 2017

Online Course

Begin the OVS in the Child and Adult Care Food Program External link opens in new window or tab. course.

Referenced Resources

The following resources are referred to throughout this online course:


  • Crediting: 0.5 hours
  • Key Area: Nutrition (1000)
    • Training Topic: Menu Planning (1100)
      • Learning Objective: Plan menus that meet U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition requirements (1110)

Contact Us

If you have technical difficulties, please contact the Education and Nutrition Policy Unit Office Technician by phone at 916-445-9127 for assistance. If you have questions about the course content, please contact the CACFP Meal Patterns Team by email at

Questions:   CACFP Meal Patterns Team |
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
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