For the last several years, Navarro ISD Schools have made important changes to reduce the amount of food waste. Our schools use a concept called "Offer Versus Serve" (OVS) to plan meals, reduce waste, and allow students to choose only the foods they want to eat. Menus are planned around five components, or food groups. These are meats/ protein, grains, fruits, vegetables, and milk.
At lunch, the cafeteria offers all five components. Students may take all five items, but must take at least three components to make a student lunch. One component must be a fruit or vegetable.
At breakfast, the cafeteria offers four components. Students may take all four items, but must take at least three components to make a student breakfast. One component must be a serving of fruit.
In order to take the minimum number of items to create a student meal, a student may be required to select a food he or she will not eat. The Sharing Table is available to encourage sharing of unwanted items and prevent them from being thrown away.