Exchange Ensures Safety of School Meals Amid Typhoon Damage to Warehouse

CAMP MARKET, SOUTH KOREA – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is all in to ensure the safety of food provided to school children at Department of Defense Education Activity schools and to diners at Exchange restaurants.

Typhoon Lingling damaged the Exchange’s Korea Distribution Center, including freezers used for the DODEA school meal program and Exchange restaurants. The Exchange is working solutions to ensure the safety and quality of all its food product.

“Everything that’s reaching our customers and students is safe,” said Col. Scott Maskery, the Exchange’s Pacific Region commander. “Despite the challenges the typhoon damage has raised, the Exchange’s mission of feeding our Warfighters and their children nutritious and high-quality meals remains uncompromised.”

Any affected product is being disposed of following safety protocol while new shipments of food are being rerouted to other Exchange storage locations in the region.

Maskery also thanked the Eighth Army, which has provided critical support to the Exchange in the aftermath of the storm damage.

The Exchange’s school meal program, which serve 2.5 million meals each year to service members’ children overseas, is expected to continue without disruption.

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Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 62nd-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.3 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at


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