Date Posted Waiver Title and Description
Dec 2018 TITLE: Waiver for 7 CFR225.16(f)(1)(ii)
The Kirk of Kildaire, Presbyterian is requesting a waiver for 7CFR225.16(f)(1)(ii) which will allow us to use the offer-verses-serve (OVS) method of serving children food. This will allows us a tailored approach to meet the nutritional needs of children, promote choice in meal selection for children (which improves consumption), minimize food waste and reduced food cost. The cost of wasted food will be significant if children must take food that they do not intend to eat. Additionally, OVS starts lifelong habits for children to select nutritious food that they will consume. Offering children the power of choice is an important building block in developing healthy eating habits. As a church, we are committed to respecting the religious traditions of all people. In our surrounding area, we have families who are from Hindu and Muslim traditions. Many of these children are vegetarian for religious reasons. We have always prepared our meals with an ability to have a non-meat option, which respects the religious customs of all people. OVS allows children the opportunity to have their religious customs honored. Therefore, we request to continue to the Summer Food Service Program offer vs serve at the following self-prep sites: Kirk of Kildaire, Cary Presbyterian, and Greenwood Forest Baptist Church. We also request that this waiver be valid for the next 10 years.