While I haven't heard anything being said about this particular program, student had always been able to take what they want. The offer-versus-serve program began in schools in 1981, the goals were to reduce food waste and to allow students to select foods they prefer. Schools were required to serve 5 items, a meat/meat alterative, milk, grains/bread, and two servings of fruits/vegatables and students were required to take 3 of the 5 items offered.
In essence not much has changed in the what schools were required to serve the students over the years.
With the new program students are forced to take a 1/2 cup of fruits and/or vegetables which they may or may not eat, possibly making way for a chance of food waste if it wasn't their choice to take them in the first place. While we all know 1/2 a cup is not much, it may be defeating the primary goal of the program, allow students to select foods they prefer and reduce waste.
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