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Meal Kit Policy

Purpose:  The meal kit standards are published by the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence (JCCOE) and are designed to meet or exceed the Dietary Guidelines put forth by the USDA/Department of Health and Human Services and the Army nutrition standards in AR 40-25.  The purpose is to promote performance, resilience and health, and to decrease risk of chronic diseases.  JCCoE will review and publish by name and catalogue number the items that are authorized for Food Program procurement and only those meal kits that have been reviewed by the Quality Assurance Division for compliance with the standards. This list contains the only items that should be procured by Army food service operators.  Food program managers will use only this listing to comply with regulations in AR 30-22, Army Food Program, paragraph 3-38.  Items by the same manufacturer are not necessarily compliant, and should not be procured unless specifically listed.  Meal kit standards are subject to change when changes in national dietary recommendations, guidelines, and/or regulations occur.


1.  Meal Kits must follow the Nutrition Labeling Act for each product in the kit and provide a Nutrition label for the entire kit on the outside packaging.

2.  For product review, provide at least three kits and a nutrition listing for the full kit as well as each commodity in the kit to JCCoE, Quality Assurance Division, 1831 "A" Avenue, Room 303B, Fort Lee, Virginia 23801.

3.  Changes in features and commodities in the Meal Kit require review as a brand new meal kit.

4.  Approved meal kits that meet the specified standards will be posted on JCCoE by 1 October 2010.  


Basic Nutrition Guidelines for Each Meal Kit

**Total Calories: See specific calorie requirements below for each meal kit type
Total Fat: 30-35% of total calories
Saturated Fat: less than 10% of total calories
Trans Fat: Zero
Cholesterol: less than 100 mg
Carbohydrates: 55% of total calories
Protein: 10-15% of calories
**Sodium: less than 1300 mg, see specific sodium requirements below for each meal type
Fiber: minimum of 14 grams per 1000 calories
Drinks: 100% Fruit Juice, 100% Fruit Juice Blends with 100%  Daily Value (DV) for vitamin C or Juice Drinks with at least 20% real fruit juice and at least 50% of DV for vitamin C
Water, enhanced water (i.e. vitamin types), sport drinks (i.e. ades, electrolyte based), energy drinks, and non-nutritive drinks (i.e. artificially sweetened) are not approved for use in military meal kits

Kits must have Nutrition Label in accordance with Nutrition Labeling and Education Act that displays total nutrient amounts for the entire meal.  Additionally, each food and drink item in the meal kit must have a nutrition label.

Meal kits must have one-year shelf life

**See below for more specific nutrition requirements for each meal kit type


Complete Frozen Lunch Meal Kit, Complete Heated Lunch Meal Kit &
Shelf Stable Lunch Meal Kit

Frozen Lunch Meal Kit for ages 17 years and younger (i.e. JROTC, Boy Scouts)

Complete Frozen Breakfast Meal Kit

Complete Heated Breakfast Kit

Shelf Stable Breakfast Meal Kit

Shelf Stable Brunch Meal Kits

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