To meet rising operational costs and comply with federal law, school lunch prices will increase by 25 cents at Department of Defense Education Activity schools outside the continental United States, excluding Guam, for the 2018-19 school year.
The increase will apply to both elementary and secondary students, making the new lunch prices $3 and $3.25 respectively. Families qualifying for the Free and Reduced Meal Program will not see a cost increase. Per federal guidelines, the price of a reduced-price meal will remain 40 cents.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (Public Law 111-296) requires DoDEA schools, as participants in the U.S. Department of Agriculture meal program, to raise paid student lunch prices to a level comparable to the rates used for USDA reimbursement. To meet this requirement, prices in OCONUS schools will be gradually increased over the coming years.
Every year, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s school meal program provides 2.6 million lunches to warfighters’ children at 78 Department of Defense schools in Europe and the Pacific. For more information on the Exchange’s school meal program, visit www.aafes.com/about-exchange/school-lunch-program.