By Debbie Thompson
General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital’s Nutrition Care Division Dining Facility now accepts all permanent party service members’ meal cards.
The DFAC is currently in the process of upgrading its point-of-sales system. Until that upgrade is completed, service members on meal cards with a physical meal card will need to provide their meal card number to the cashier upon check out. Service members on meal cards who have already switched over to CAC will need to provide their name and the last four numbers of their social security number to the cashier.
Once the upgrade is complete, all service members on meal cards will be able to scan their common access card at the register.
Hours for the DFAC are as follows: Breakfast from 6 to 9 a.m. Mondays through Fridays, lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Dinner is grab and go only. Weekends and holidays are also grab and go only from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
GLWACH NCD is an a la carte dining facility meaning each item on the menu is priced individually and not based off the Basic Daily Food Allowance. Because of this, not all items are available to service members on meal cards.
The facility ensures there is a variety of items available to service members on meal cards and identifies those items to make selection easier.
Service members are allowed one entrée, two sides, a dessert and two fountain drinks (to include bottled water and milk). No other bottled drinks in the grab and go area are allowed for meal card holders. Qualifying items will be clearly identified with a blue dot sticker next to their price. The goal is to keep the cost of the items selected as close to the BDFA as possible.
Items not available for purchase on meal cards will still be available for purchase separately. If a service member wants an item that is not available for selection on the meal card, they can still get the item, but it will be a separate transaction and will have to be paid for. GLWACH NDC is currently a cash only operation.
The BDFA for certain holiday meals will be increased, but there will still be selected items available for service members on meal cards.
Outside units are able to have meetings and staff meals at the facility if scheduled in advance to help adjust for sudden increases in head count. Communication with GLWACH NCD for events/occasions where there would be a known increase is appreciated and helpful in ensuring that everyone has the best experience possible. GLWACH NCD can be reached at email@example.com or 573.569.1762.
(Editor’s note: Thompson is the GLWACH Public Affairs Officer.)