Federal guidelines determine what constitutes a complete breakfast and lunch. Only a complete meal qualifies for reimbursement from the State and Federal government.Wood County schools follow the Offer Versus Service Provision for school meals offered in middle and high schools.

5 Meal Components for School Lunch info


Offer versus Serve gives students the opportunity to choose only those foods which they intend to eat in the School Breakfast/Lunch Program. This feature of the National School Breakfast/Lunch Program is designed to reduce food waste and give students the opportunity to select only the foods they enjoy.Lunch consists of 5 food components: meat or meat alternate, vegetable choices, fruit choices, bread or grain items, and milk. Many main entrée items count as the meat / meat alternate and grain item and are considered two food components. To be considered a reimbursable lunch, a student must take a minimum of three of the five food components. One of the three food items must be a half cup of a fruit or vegetable or a combination of the two.

Breakfast consists of three food components: a grain (a meat or meat alternate may be substituted for part of the grain), fruit/juice/vegetable and milk. Under offer vs. serve, the meal must contain 4 food items from the three food components. To be considered a reimbursable breakfast, a student must take three of the four food items. One of the three food items must be 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Hollie Best
Child Nutrition Director
304-420-9670 ext. 161