The Army and Air Force Exchange Service has announced that Department of Defense Dependents Schools lunch prices for the 2003-04 school year will remain at current levels.

Lunch prices for elementary school are $1.95, and middle/high school $2.10. Reduced-price lunches will be 40 cents in all schools and free for those who meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines.

AAFES has not increased the prices of student meals since the 1995-96 school year.

“We were able to hold down the cost of meal prices for a number of reasons,” said Maj. John Ruibal, staff dietitian for AAFES. “This was primarily due to increasingly efficient operations, reduced overhead and adequate funding from the United States Department of Agriculture and DODEA.”

AAFES is the food authority for most DODDS schools. Under this arrangement, AAFES provides the food and personnel to operate school cafeterias. The military services furnish the equipment and cafeteria facilities.

AAFES operates the school lunch program on a strictly nonprofit basis. Meal prices are established to cover food costs and operational expenses.

Reduced prices and free meals are available to students whose families meet USDA income guidelines. The military services and AAFES do not set the criteria. Sponsors may purchase coupons for the USDA-patterned meals at the AAFES PX/BX Main Store cashiers window.

AAFES School Meal Daily Menus are posted for review at In addition, parents and students can forward comments and suggestions on that Web site directly to Ruibal, or call him by commercial phone at (214) 312-2238 or DSN 967- 2238.

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