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New year, new policies at DFACs

By Julie Fiedler | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | March 10, 2014

Three dining facilities serve the Fort Riley community, offering meals to Soldiers, retirees, civilian employees and active-duty family members. In addition to rate changes that took effect Jan. 1, ID scanning also will be implemented this month.

RATE CHANGES

Each year, the Department of Defense does a review of the industry to determine if adjustments need to be made to meal rates.

“This is done every year,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Shawn Lashbrook, senior food adviser, Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division. “The key point is to capture the increasing cost of the market items that are procured.”

Starting Jan. 1, the rate for regular meals saw a $.05 increase across the board.

Breakfast costs $2.15 at the discounted rate and $2.55 at the standard rate. Lunch and dinner cost $4 at the discounted rate and $4.65 at the standard rate.

Rates for weekend meals, holiday meals and night snacks also saw a slight increase.

ID SCANNING

Another change coming in January is ID cards will be scanned at the DFACs, Lashbrook added.

“Beginning Jan. 20, we are changing all the point-of-sale stations at all the dining facilities at Fort Riley,” he said. “Customers visiting the DFAC will have to have a (common access card) card with a PIN.”

Manual stations still will be available for active-duty family members who wish to use the facilities.

The new system will allow for improved tracking of meal entitlements.

“It’s designed to increase the tracking of the meal entitlements for the Soldiers,” Lashbrook said. “It will be more beneficial for commanders to track who’s eating in dining facilities.”

As with the introduction of any new system, patrons may experience increased wait times.

“Expect delays, but the normal flow of the dining facility should return back to normal after a period,” Lashbrook said.

DRIVE-THRU DINING

For patrons on the go, the Devil’s Den DFAC offers a drive-thru from 7:30 to 9 a.m. for breakfast and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch, Monday to Friday.

Customers can pull up to the window and select from among several combo meals.

“They have five set meals at breakfast and lunch that you can (order),” Lashbrook said. “It’s fast. It’s more convenient for the Soldier just to go through and motor on.”

WEEKEND SCHEDULES

DFACs rotate weekend coverage, and new schedules are released each quarter.

Weekend hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for brunch and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for supper.

Brunch costs $4.60 at the discounted rate and $5.35 at the standard rate. Supper costs $5.45 at the discounted rate and $6.55 at the standard rate.

DFACs are open for weekend coverage as follows:

March 14 to 17: Devil’s Den and Demon Diner

March 22 to 23: Devil’s Den

March 29 to 30: Cantigny and Demon Diner
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