2 Sept 2012
By James Smith
On September 1st, at 10:18 PM ET, FEMA transmits another solicitation for MRE’s. This time, the standard “Commercial Meal” MRE for those not on a restricted diet.
“This Request for Quote is for a commercial Meals Buy and does not include reduced-sodium meals. The purpose of this RFQ is to request for unit prices of commercial meals only, and all other related costs like frieght <sic>costs will be determined at the time of order.”
The response dead-line on this RFQ is 2 September 2012, later than 4.00 PM ET, less than 18 hours after the request was made.
What are commercial meals? According to associated document, they are meals that fall under these guidelines:
Maximum calories 1460 per meal
Minimum calories 1050 per meal
Saturated Fat 13 grams or less (<10% of total calories)
Trans Fat Between 0 – 2.5 gram per meal
Total Fat 47 grams or less (<35% of total calories)
Sodium range 685 mg up to 1570mg
Further reading shows that each meal should include: utensil package, napkin, salt and pepper, and salt free seasoning packet. And each case of meals shall include at least six varieties of entrée meal, and no beverages or drink mixes are required. All meals/kits must have 30-36 months long shelf-life remaining upon delivery.
These meal purchases are broken down into two types, Stock Replenishment or Emergency Response.
Stock Replenishment – The contractor(s) may be tasked to deliver meals to FEMA Distribution Centers to maintain FEMA’s readiness stock for disaster operations. FEMA shall determine delivery quantities, schedules, and locations at the time of order. The Contractor must have the capability to deliver up to 3,500,000 meals to any of the Distribution Centers within 30 days of the date of order.
DC Fort Worth
DC Moffett Field
DC Puerto Rico
Emergency Response – The contractor(s) will be tasked to deliver meals during presidential declared disasters and/or other emergency events. To support this requirement, the contractor must have the capability to produce and ship up to 1,000,000 meals within 48 hours of notification. Delivery location shall be anywhere, CONUS (Continental United States) or OCONUS (Outside Continental United States) OCONUS, as designated by FEMA. Delivery times will depend on location and be outlined on the Task Order.
Saving human life is a much better use of funds than buying ammunition. Perhaps if they bought the food in April or May, they wouldn’t need to rush to get more food in the fall during the disaster rush.