Freeman DFAC Opens to-go Window

Story and Photos by Sgt. Matthew C. Cooley
15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas — Stomach growling in protest after a missed meal?  Freeman Café Dining Facility may have a solution for those hungry Soldiers short on time.

15th Sustainment Brigade’s Freeman Café here opened a to-go window last month which is open for one hour longer than the dine-in portion.

“It makes it a lot faster like in the morning [when] you’re running late for PT or running late coming back from PT and you want something quick and easy,” said Spc. Joseph Van Avery, food service specialist at Freeman Café.

Van Avery said that an average of 75 Soldiers per meal used the to-go window in its second week alone.

“You don’t have to come inside … we [do] everything for you.”

The window was opened to make eating at the dining facility more convenient for busy Soldiers, Van Avery explained, and offers all the same choices as the dine-in portion, with the exception of meals made-to-order.

There are even specialty items available only at Freeman’s to-go window. Exclusive breakfast sandwiches and the lunch-time feature Freeman Burger, a hamburger with Swiss cheese and a slice of ham, round out the available choices.

“It’s always good to have something like this for Soldiers who actually work through lunch,” said Spc. Alfredo Martinez, a chemical specialist with 181st Chemical Company, 48th Chemical Brigade.

“You can just get your food and get out,” he continued.

“If you asked me what I would like especially, it’s the ham, egg and cheese biscuit; for lunch…the Freeman Burger.”

Freeman’s new to-go window serves breakfast from 7:00 am to 9:30 am and lunch from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm during the work week.  It’s not open on weekends or holidays.