Meal, Alternative Regionally Customized (MARC)

What is it?

The Meal, Alternative Regionally Customized (MARC) is a self-contained, shelf stable meal that was developed by the U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command (SBCCOM)/Natick, Individual Combat Ration Team (ICRT), Combat Feeding Directorate (CFD) after receiving an urgent request from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to expedite the development of a suitable vegetarian ration with unique dietary and component requirements designed specifically for detainees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (GTMO). The ICRT collaborated closely with DLA Troop Support and the U.S. Navy food service personnel at GTMO to determine salient performance characteristics and calorie requirements to maximize nutritional benefit and identify component restrictions. While created out of a need to support GTMO detainees, the meal may be used to provide for other detainees also. There are 10 different menus varieties. Each case contains 10 meals, 1 of each menu.

What's in it?

The final product configuration includes 10 different luncheon entrée menus containing food components familiar to Southwest Asian/Middle East populations and each is packaged in a single meal bag. The menu variety can be seen in the table below. Based on the product design parameters, the MARC does not include "prohibited products" such as beef, pork, poultry, or any other animal product or animal by-product in any of the entrées or meal components (note: the MARC IS NOT kosher or halal certified). The contents of one MARC meal bag provides a minimum of 700 calories (9-15 % protein, 25-30 % fat, and NLT 60 % carbohydrates).

How do I eat it?

Except for the beverages, the entire meal is ready to eat.

How long will it last?

The shelf life of the MARC is a minimum of 12 months at 80° Fahrenheit from the time of product assembly. Contractors will ship the MARC with no less than 9 months shelf life remaining.

How can I order it?

The National Stock Number for a case of the MARC (10 MARCs per case) is 8970-01-499-7645. Point of contact is at (215) 737-3688, DSN: 444-3688.

We can only sell Operational Rations (MREs, UGRs, etc) to the U.S. Military Services and other authorized federally-funded agencies. We can not sell to the private sector (individual, business, or other organizations). For further information, please click here and read our Customer Eligibility Policy towards the bottom of the page.
Menu 1 Menu 2 Menu 3 Menu 4 Menu 5
Chili w/ Black Beans Pasta w/Vegetable Tomato Minestrone Cheese Tortellini Curried Vegetables
Crackers vegetable Crackers Vegetable Crackers Crackers Vegetable Crackers
  Raspberry Applesauce     Spiced Apples
Nuts Nuts Raisins & Dry Roasted Nuts (separate packages) Nuts  
Jam   Jam Jam Jam
Tea
(powdered drink mix)
Tea
(powdered drink mix)
Tea
(powdered drink mix)
Tea
(powdered drink mix)
Tea
(powdered drink mix)
Menu 6 Menu 7 Menu 8 Menu 9 Menu 10
Saag Chole (Spinach & Garbanzos) Pea & Mint Rice Channa Dal Masala (Golden Lentils w/Vegetables) Vegetable Jalfrazi (Spicy Garden Vegetables) Okra & Tomato
Yellow & Wild Rice Rice Yellow & Wild Rice Mexican Rice Rice
Cracker   Cracker Cracker Vegetable Cracker
  Spiced Apples      
Jam   Jam Jam Jam
Tea
(powdered drink mix)
Tea
(powdered drink mix)
Tea
(powdered drink mix)
Tea
(powdered drink mix)
Tea
(powdered drink mix)