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Free and Reduced Meals Program

Households may apply for free and reduced meals beginning July 1st of every school year and must reapply every year since eligibility is only for one year. To apply for free and reduced-price meals you must have the following information:

  1. Student ID number, which is provided after enrollment via email.
  2. Service Member’s leave and earnings statement (LES) and spouse pay voucher if working or dual military.
  3. Student name as written on your enrollment/registration form.
  4. School district as listed in the meal application software:
    1. For DoDEA schools in the continental United States enter the name of the military installation at which you are assigned for duty, with the following exceptions: 1.  MCAS Beaufort – enter “Laurel Bay”; 2.  Puerto Rico schools – enter “Puerto Rico”.
    2. Guam schools – enter “DoDEA – Guam”
    3. Iwakuni – enter “DoDEA – MCCS Iwakuni”
    4. Navy sites (not Guam) – enter “DoDEA – Navy Exchange”
    5. For Army and Air Force military installation in Europe and Pacific, enter “AAFES DoDEA”

Important Note about household income:

  • Enter the full household gross pay (not after tax income)
  • Include spouse income
  • Do not include: housing allowance if overseas or if living in privatized housing stateside, COLA, imminent danger pay or hostile fire pay. 

Did you know?

  • Eligibility for free meals or reduced-price meals is determined by a combination of income and family size. Military families at most ranks can qualify.
  • An approved meal application may qualify your family for benefits from local, state and federal agencies.


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027), which can be obtained online, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

(1) Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Pacific Student Meals - East - MCAS

DoDEA Pacific East encompasses all of the schools in Japan. Three separate agencies provide student meals in this district including The Exchange, the Navy Exchange (NEX), as well as Marine Corps Community Service (MCCS). These agencies also provide Free and Reduced-Price meals to students who qualify under Federal Guidelines. Please pay attention to the school supported by each particular agency under this heading.

MCCS Iwakuni supports these schools:

  • Iwakuni IS, Iwakuni MS, M.C. Perry PS, M.C. Perry HS

“The SMP for these schools in the Pacific East District is managed by MCCS Iwakuni.  A school meal account is automatically created for students upon enrollment.  To manage your student’s School Meal Account, please register on  For more information, including how to register, make payments on accounts, and submit Free/Reduced School Meal applications online, please view the following documents:”

Payments to the students account can also be made through the MCX Cash Cage (Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

About the Pacific Student Meal Program

The Student Meal Program (SMP) follows U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines and regulations and our purpose is to provide wholesome, nutritious meals to children daily. DoDEA schools serve over seven million meals annually in the United States and overseas.

In the Pacific, the SMP is operated by a School Food Authority (SFA) and is responsible for following USDA regulations, guidelines, and requirements. While not the only SFA in the Pacific, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (The Exchange) is the largest provider of student meals on military installations. The Exchange also provides Free and Reduced-Price meals to students who qualify under Federal Guidelines. Additionally, in certain areas the school lunch program is run by the Navy Exchange (NEX) or Marine Corps Community Service (MCCS) . Each District in the Pacific (South, East, and West), can provide more information on eligibility for the program.

The Department of Defense Participates in the National School Lunch Program. This program is a federally subsidized program and your dependents may be eligible to receive free or reduced priced meals. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on the chart below (Note: Housing Allowances and COLA is NOT considered income in overseas areas).

All parents need to apply/re-apply each school year for the Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program.

Families who apply and are qualified receive free or reduced price meals.

  • Free/Reduced Lunch Applications for those children who were in the system last year must be renewed each year within the first thirty (30) calendar days of the school year if the benefit is to continue into the new school year.

Student Lunch Prices

Full Price Reduced Price
Grades Pre K - 5 $3.50 $0.40
Grades 6 – 12 $3.75 $0.40

Student Breakfast Prices

These schools will offer breakfast for students:

Korea: Osan MHS, Osan ES, Daegu ES, Daegu MHS, Humphreys ES Central, Humphreys ES West, Humphreys MS, Humphreys HS

Okinawa: Amelia Earhart IS, Ralph F. Stearley PS, Ryukyu MS, Kadena ES, Bechtel ES, Bob Hope ES, Killin ES, Zukeran ES

Japan: Zama MHS, Joan K. Mendel ES

Breakfast Prices Full Price Reduced Price
Grades Pre K - 12 $2.00 $0.30

School Meals Program

Providing wholesome, nutritious meals to eligible students in our Department of Defense schools.

Pacific Student Meals

The Exchange: Okinawa, Korea, Japan Schools

The Exchange supports these communities on mainland Japan:   
Camp Zama Schools, Misawa AB Schools, Yokota AB Schools.

The School Meal Program (SMP) for our Okinawa, Korea, and many of our schools in mainland Japan are managed by The Exchange. For more information on menus, payment options, pricing, or nutrition visit The Exchange Lunch Program website:

Free and Reduced-Price meals are available to students who qualify under Federal Guidelines are also available. Please click on the appropriate link on The Exchange web page to complete the required Free & Reduced Meal Program online application which needs to be completed each school year.

If there are any questions contact:

Email: AAFES Pacific Administrator

Email: Mr. Francis Oshiro

Phone: 81-98-970-6380.

The Navy Exchange: Japan, Guam Schools

The Navy Exchange supports these communities on mainland Japan:   
NAF Atsugi, CFA Yokosuka, CFA Sasebo.

If there are any questions for the Japan District POC:

The SMP for these schools in the Japan District and Guam are managed by the Navy Exchange on behalf of DoDEA. Please find information about meal prices, menus, and more at:

MCCS: Iwakuni schools:

  • The MCCS supports these schools: Perry ES, Iwakuni IS, Iwakuni MS, Perry HS

The SMP for these schools in the Japan District is managed by MCCS Iwakuni. Please find information about meal prices, menus, and more by contacting the person referenced below.

If there are any questions, please contact the School Lunch Program Manager:


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