More military families may qualify for free or price reduced school lunches thanks to the Department of Defense Education Activity’s request earlier this year for an increase in the reimbursement rate USDA provides for school lunches.

This change applies to families of children attending DoDEA schools overseas in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, the Azores, Turkey, Korea, Japan and Okinawa.

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service, the Navy Exchange Service Command and Marine Corps Community Services are designated School Food Authorities for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools overseas. AAFES is the largest SFA, providing U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved school meals to students on Army and Air Force installations in nine countries throughout Europe and the Pacific.