DALLAS – As USDA child nutrition COVID-19 waivers expire on June 30, free school lunches at Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) 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 https://www.aafes.com/about-exchange/school-lunch-program/.