Days Are Numbered for Free Student Meals at U.S. Military Bases Abroad

Effective October 2020, the Department of Agriculture waived meal fees provided by military exchange services at Department of Defense Educational Activity Schools Abroad. (AAFES)

TOKYO — Free meals for students at U.S. bases overseas will no longer be available once the 2022-23 school year begins, the Navy Exchange Service Command announced Wednesday.

Effective October 2020, the Department of Agriculture waived meal fees provided by military exchange services at Department of Defense Educational Activity Schools Abroad.

The grants are intended to ensure that all children have “access to nutritious food as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Army and US Exchange Service said at the time. Air Force.

Meal prices over the next school year will be based on grade and grade level, according to a press release from Navy Exchange spokeswoman Kristine Sturkie.

Lunches in elementary school will cost $3.50 and in secondary schools, $3.75, according to the statement. Breakfast for all levels will cost $2 but may not be available at all DODEA locations.

Families who qualify for the free and reduced meal program will pay 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch, Sturkie wrote.

Although no longer free, student meal program breakfasts and lunches are provided for a fee and in accordance with USDA nutritional standards, according to a statement released Thursday by the AAFES spokesperson. , Chris Ward. The department recommends serving students daily servings of whole grains, lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and low-fat milk.

Families who want to receive free or reduced-price meals are encouraged to apply regardless of their economic status, Sturkie said in the NEX statement.

Applications can be submitted from July 1st. Applications must be resubmitted annually and may be submitted at any time during the year.

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