The Exchange (AAFES)
Some school lunch programs in Japan Korea and Okinawa districts are managed by The Exchange.
School Lunch Menus are located on the Exchange School Lunch Program web page.
Pacific Administrator Craig Masek
For more information on payment options pricing or nutrition visit The Exchange Lunch Program website listed above.
Electronic lunch accounts must be arranged at the cashier’s cage in the PX by contacting AAFES.
Sack Lunch Policy
We would like students who have sodas, snacks, juices and other beverages containing sugar to consume such drinks and snacks only in the cafeteria at lunchtime. Besides dealing with spilled sugar drinks around the exit/entry areas and issues with ants, the Nurse has generated the following health notes regarding sugar intake and what student bodies need. We appreciate your assistance.
Beverages like coffee or cola contain caffeine, which is a diuretic. Diuretics cause fluid loss and contribute to dehydration. Water is very important to a healthy body. To prevent dehydration we should drink 6-8 glasses of water each day, more if we exercise or are sick. Water helps us to digest food and turn our food into energy. It regulates body temperature and maintains muscle tone. Water carries nutrients and oxygen to our cells, and cushions vital organs and joints. Water helps the body metabolize stored fat, alleviates fluid retention, relieves constipation, and flushes impurities from the body.
In our Okinawa climate, dehydration is a real concern. Our hot and humid weather can be a big contributor to dehydration. As well as being inside an air controlled building all day, children are easily overheated playing at recess and lunchtime; their small bodies need water. Signs and symptoms of dehydration can be headache, dry skin, digestive problems and kidney stones. Bringing a bottle of water to school every day and drinking it is the best way to prevent dehydration and keep our students happy and healthy.