AAFES Press Release


DALLAS – As USDA child nutrition COVID-19 waivers expire on June 30, free school lunches at Department of Defense Education Activity schools outside the continental United States will end once the 2022-23 school year begins.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, students enrolled at DoDEA schools received free reimbursable meals through the Student Meal Program operated by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Marine Corps Exchange and Navy Exchange Service Command.


Beginning next school year, elementary school lunch prices will be $3.50. Secondary school lunches will be available for $3.75. Breakfast for all grades will be $2.00. Per federal guidelines, families qualifying for the Free and Reduced Meal Program will pay $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch. Breakfast may not be offered at all DoDEA locations.


The Student Meal Program offers meals, on a break-even basis, in accordance with the United States Department of Agriculture’s nutrition standards. Whole grains, lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables and low-fat milk are offered on a daily basis.


Families may apply for free or reduced-price meals beginning on July 15, 2022. Families must reapply each year for free and reduced-price meal eligibility and can apply anytime during the year. All families are encouraged to apply.


For more information on the School Meal Program visit www.myNavyExchange.com/smp or www.aafes.com/about-exchange/school-lunch-program.


Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen, Guardians and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 54th-largest retailer in the United States. 100% of Exchange earnings support military communities. In the last 10 years, your Exchange benefit has provided $3.4 billion in earnings for critical military Quality-of-Life programs. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at http://www.shopmyexchange.com or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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