Service members carve trays of turkeyThe Subsistence supply chain provides food support for the military all over the world. From individually packaged meals in a soldier's ruck sack, to a ship's galley and to full service dining facilities on military installations, Subsistence gets that food there.

We work with our industry partners around the globe to feed the newest troops in training and seasoned sailors at sea. And we take pride in ensuring our service members have a taste of home for the holidays, no matter where they’re deployed.

A gloved hand holds an opened pack from an MRE outdoorsDLA has been designated by the Secretary of Defense as the Defense Department Executive Agent for Subsistence.

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we also provide fresh fruit and vegetables to children in 47 states through our school lunch program. Subsistence also supports other non-DoD activities, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the State Department, Veterans’ Homes and more.

DLA Troop Support Videos

Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC turns recruits into Marines. Food is the fuel that helps recruits stay healthy for the demands of rigorous training. Team DLA is proud to provide high quality food to these recruits as they face the challenges of boot camp. Semper Fi!

The reach of Subsistence supply chain support extends to Native Americans and Alaska natives on Indian Reservations through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.