May 29, 2015

Freeze Dried Foods for Government Organizations

OFD wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for our involvement with the United States government. One of our first business ventures involved providing 1.8 million meals to the U.S. military in the mid 1960s. This achievement paved the way for future government contracts for years to come.


OFD Foods, LLC is the leading supplier of freeze dried food to the United States Military. Our foods can be packaged to feed anywhere from one person to fifty people. The shelf life ranges from three to thirty years depending on packaging and customer needs.

Today OFD continues to manufacture products for the military including:

  • Unitized Group Ration A (UGR-A)
  • Unitized Group Ration, Heat & Serve (UGR-H&S)
  • UGR-M
  • We provide some components of Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE)
  • Meal, Cold Weather MCW – Formerly known as Long Range Patrol (LRP)

The UGR-M and UGR-H&S rations are contracted directly with DLA-Troop Support (formally known as DSCP). The other rations are manufactured by OFD for other government suppliers who assemble the OFD components with other items to make the finished rations for the military.

During Desert Shield/Desert Storm, OFD Foods, LLC produced over 6.5 million #10 cans of meat items. These consisted of pork chops, cooked diced chicken, and diced beef. We also produced 20 million individual wrapped hamburger buns and 16,000,000 fruit bars (strawberry, peach, pear, mixed fruit).

Learn more about how OFD works with the military.

Government Agencies

There are many government agencies that can benefit from OFD’s emergency food supplies. We’ve worked with numerous disaster volunteer organizations (VOAD) active in disaster planning; counties and municipalities; utility companies; and fire and police departments are just some of the types of organizations we serve.

Many of these organizations are the first responders when a disaster strikes. During a disaster, it’s essential to have nutritious, great-tasting, and easy to make food on hand — not only to provide adequate nutrition to those affected, but also to offer a sense of comfort during a traumatic time.

We’re happy to create a customized business to business solution to meet your government agency’s needs. This can mean a hybrid solution of Easy Meal and Mountain House products. Needs vary depending on the organization, and we’ll work with you to develop a solution that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more about our custom solutions for government agencies.


In the 1960s, we began exploring the idea of taking our freeze-dried food products to outer space. We started by supplying freeze-dried food for simulated space missions and eventually successfully sent our products into space on the Apollo missions, Skylab and joint U.S.-Russian space ventures.

To learn more about how OFD works with NASA, visit this page.