Army & Air Force Exchange Service News Release
Grafenwoehr, Germany – As the 2020-21 school year gets under way, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is committed to providing nutritious meals to Warfighters’ children in a safe, secure and sanitized environment.
Most of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools in Europe opened with in-person classes. The Exchange’s school meal program ensures students attending in-person classes have healthy meals that are served safely.
Students at USAG Bavaria will pick up premade lunches and — depending on the school — eat in the cafeteria or a classroom. Lunch lines are subject to physical distancing requirements, serving stations are being sanitized every 30 minutes and serving lines are cleaned after each group of students are served.
Families that chose virtual learning for the children may stop by the school, at the designated time of 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day, for grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches. Exchange associates and school personnel will monitor and enforce physical distancing, when students and their families arrive.
“The Exchange is going above and beyond to deliver a safe, secure and sanitized experience for military students,” said Grafenwoehr Exchange marketing manager, Chris Litch. “Serving premade meals is the safest way to provide our students nutritious meals to help them thrive in the classroom.”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Exchange has served 46,000 grab-and-go school breakfasts and lunches to military students.
Since 1955, the Exchange has been the school feeding authority for the Army and Air Force. The school meal program is operated for military students overseas, serving more than 2.6 million meals a year. Nutritional standards for DoDEA student meals are set by the Exchange’s registered dietitian in accordance with U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines.
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service goes where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives through goods and services provided. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.aafes.com/about-exchange/public-affairs/press-releases.htm or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.