100,000,000th meal served in Kandahar
24 March 2014
Today – in fact, three times a day every day – it is the responsibility of NSPA to ensure those serving at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan are provided with a safe, hot, nutritious, quality meal at an NSPA-contracted dining facility.
Back in November 2006 NSPA (then NAMSA) was tasked with consolidating the Stakeholder Nations’ various feeding requirements into a Statement of Work for the Provision of Food and Catering Services at Kandahar Air Field (KAF). A short seven months later, on 4 July 2007 the first meal was served under the supervision of NSPA by the selected food contractor. Two thousand, four hundred and thirty-three days later, on 4 March 2014, the 100,000,000th meal was served at KAF through the NSPA contracted dining facilities.
Recognizing that the provision of food in such volume is an enormous task at the best of times under ideal conditions, this achievement is truly noteworthy. The additional burden of the challenges of Afghanistan is a testament to the NSPA-selected contractors and the oversight provided by the NSPA Food Cell at KAF (including the technical oversight by the Food Technical Officers & Technicians, the contracted Quality Assurance Evaluators, and the NSPA Food Contracting Officers.)
Throughout the past six years, the requirements have evolved and shifted as the customer demands have changed due to circumstances and conditions – not the least of which has been the population shift requiring menu revision. The NSPA contract was originally for construction and operation of dining facilities that catered to specific palates based on their presence at KAF, originally a UK-themed dining hall, a North American-themed dining hall, a European-themed dining hall and an Asian-themed dining hall.
Through this time, NSPA has maintained vigilant oversight of both Food Safety and Food Defense. Our contractors have had to perform their duties to a very high standard even while challenged by such events as RPG attacks, border closures, observance of religious holiday periods, extreme weather including heat, rain, and flooding, to name a few.