Army’s been sending food waste back to DFACs for years


Washington D.C. – In a rare admission of a massive logistical mistake, the Army admitted they’ve been sending the food waste from their Dining Facilities (DFAC) back into those same Dining Facilities due to a mix-up involving circular routing. A spokesperson from the Pentagon stated, “the food was sealed and marked for delivery to compost heaps located on installations all across the Army. A few of these installations had transit points that were unknowingly taking the waste directly back to the same facilities they came from. The drivers would switch out, and the paperwork would direct them back to the original source. We fixed the mistake as soon as we realized it was happening.” Official reporting only identified a few installations that were involved, however, our investigation discovered that almost every single installation had DFACs which were serving old, unfit food to the soldiers, though there were some facilities that were exempt. After eating at one facility on Fort Campbell, we interviewed the DFAC Manager to discuss the food we had been served which was clearly old waste. The SFC, who asked that we not identify his name, looked at us dejectedly and said, “no, man, that’s actually new food. I’m not even sure the new stuff could be identified over the stuff we throw away at this point. It’s sad. No one says anything though because the whole country thinks this is just normal for soldiers to live like this and have trash fed to them. I just do what I’m told now.” Soldiers are given an allowance to pay for food as part of their income, but those who live in the barracks have that allowance taken, and they can eat at the DFAC or “pay out of pocket” to eat elsewhere. We had a chance to speak to one soldier by phone who was quarantined in a separate location due to Covid 19. He said that he’s not allowed to leave to go buy food, so his meals are brought to him from the DFAC. He’s forced to eat what’s brought to him, sometimes not having food brought at all. “I’m literally a prisoner, except there was no due process to stick me here,” the private said. “I’m just thankful they bring me food when they do, even if I know it’s garbage.” We’ll continue to update our readers on the dietary conditions of soldiers as we learn more.

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