Meal, Cold Weather (MCW)

MCW Contract Information

Contract Solicitation
TBA SPE3S1-22-R-0010
Amendments: 1
Mods (14-NOV-22): 222120191817, 1615, 1413, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 66, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Amendments: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

What is it?

The Meal, Cold Weather/Food Packet, Long Range Patrol (MCW/LRP) provides an operational ration for two separate operational scenarios. The Meal, Cold Weather (MCW) is intended for cold weather feeding, it will not freeze and supplies extra drink mixes for countering dehydration during cold weather activities. It can be issued at three per day for a complete cold weather ration. The MCW is packaged in a white camouflage pouch similar to the RCW. The Food Packet, Long Range Patrol (LRP) is a restricted calorie ration meant for special operations, where resupply is not available and weight and volume are critical factors. It is issued at one per soldier per day for up to ten days. The LRP is packaged in a tan camouflage menu pouch similar to the current MRE. The combined product assembly consists of twelve ration/meals packets per shipping container. The weight of each case is approximately 15 pounds and it measures approximately 1.02 cubic feet.

What's in it?

The twelve menus contain dehydrated entree items as well as other accessory items. Each menu provides approximately 1540 kilocalories (15% protein, 35% fat, and 50% carbohydrate). One menu bag is used for the LRP, which is a restricted calorie ration that is designed to be used as one menu bag for one individual per day. The MCW requires three menu bags per person per day and provides for 4500 kilocalories that is necessary to replenish loss of energy from exertion in extreme cold.

How do I eat it?

The individual prepares the food. An average of 34 ounces of water is required to hydrate all components in the average individual menu bag.

How long will it last?

The shelf life is 3 years at 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

How can I order it?

The NSN for the MCW portion of the combined ration/meal is 8970-01-467-1753. For the LRP portion it is 8970-01-467-1749. Point of contact is at (215) 737-5648, DSN: 444-5648.

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 read our Customer Eligibility Policy.


Please note that acquisition of the RCW and LRP for the U.S. military services has ceased. The requirements of these two rations are being met by the Meal, Cold Weather (MCW)/Long Range Patrol (LRP) Combination Ration.

Ordering lead-time

CONUS - 7 to 10 BUSINESS days
Hawaii & Alaska - 45-60 days
OCONUS - 60 to 90 days