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James M. Kesteloot, Chairperson
Tina Ballard, Executive Director

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Food Services

Since 1980, the AbilityOne Program has provided vital food services to America’s Armed Forces and Federal government workers. These decades of experience combined with our knowledge of federal practices and requirements have propelled us to the forefront of the commercial food service industry, making AbilityOne the smart choice for our government and military customers.

We currently serve 25 million meals a year and perform all full food-related services including:

  • Federal and DoD administrative accounting
  • Contingency (full food) support as needed
  • Quality assurance management
  • Budgetary support
  • Performance work statement drafting
  • Full open partnering
  • Dining hall customer support
  • Emergency and major inspection/exercise support
  • Kitchen and dining facility sanitation
  • Inventory management (order, receive, rotate)
  • Equipment maintenance (minor and major)
  • Flight kitchen, box lunch and ground meal support
  • Catering, event planning and implementation

Committed to Quality

At AbilityOne, we pride ourselves on our high level of commitment to quality and quality control by supporting industry best practices and investing in experienced quality professionals. Within our 2,800 existing contracts and 572 national nonprofit agencies (NPAs) you will find an array of quality programs and certifications in place including ISO 9001-2000, Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, Kaizen and Malcolm Baldrige.

AbilityOne and our NPAs have a commitment to training and development for people with significant disabilities. Each NPA has a background in development and implementation of comprehensive training programs for their workforce, helping to ensure that each employee is prepared for their role on your contract. AbilityOne also offers recommendations for process improvement to enhance operational efficiency and improve performance on your contract.

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Case History

AbilityOne serves over 34,000 meals a day at three locations where employees provide full food service and dining facility support services>

Top Customers

Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL

Sheppard Air Force Base, TX

Ft. Hood Army Base, TX

Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL

USMC Mess Halls, San Diego, CA

FBI Training Academy, Quantico, VA

Goodfellow Air Force Base, TX

USMC Base, Quantico, VA

Naval Weapons Station, Charleston, SC

Ft. Drum Army Base, NY

Tinker Air Force Base, OK

Awards & Recognition

Major food service awards as well as half of the Navy’s 5-star accreditations have been awarded to the AbilityOne Program.

  • 2013 Navy Capt. Edward F. Ney Award
  • Large General Mess Category-First Place
    Chesapeake Service Systems, Inc.
    Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia
  • Small General Mess Category-First Place
    GINFL Services, Inc.
    Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida
  • Large General Mess Category-Runner Up
    Skookum Educational Programs
    Naval Base Kitsap, Washington
  • 2011 Air Force John L. Hennessy Awards
    Single Facility - First Place
    A.F. Reserve Unit Winner: 919th Services Flight Duke Field, FL
  • 2010 Navy Capt. Edward F. Ney Award
    Continental U.S. General Mess category
    Gulf Coast Enterprises/Lakeview Fl
    NAS Pensacola, FL
  • 2009 Air Force John L. Hennessy Award
    Multi-facility – First Place
    Eglin AFB, FL
    A.F. Reserve Unit Winner: 919th Services Flight Duke Field, FL
    Gulf Coast Enterprises/Lakeview Fl
    NAS Pensacola, FL
  • 2009 Navy Capt. Edward F. Ney Award
    Continental U.S. General Mess category
    First place
    Naval Station, Norfolk, VA
  • 2008 and 2007 Marine Corps Major General WPT Hill Memorial Awards
    Best Full Food Service – First place
    Mess Hall 620, Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA
  • 2007 Air Force John L. Hennessy Award
    Single Facility – First place
    Vandenberg AFB, CA
  • 2007 Navy Capt. Edward F. Ney Award
    Continental U.S. General Mess category
    First place
    Navy Mid-Atlantic Naval Amphibious
    Little Creek, VA
  • 2006 Air Force John L. Hennessy Award
    Single Facility – First place
    Travis AFB, CA
    Multi-Facility – First Place
    Eglin AFB, FL

“We have contracts that provide food service to all of our military that eat in our dining facilities. Each and every soldier and family member is in some way affected, touched or their life has improved because of the contracts that we have with Ability One.”

Barry Barnett, Director of Contracting,
Ft. Hood Army Base, TX

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