Haesu Yi, a cook at Club Meade, fries tempeh for an Asian lunch buffet. Club Meade now offers a lunch delivery service for Fort Meade employees on and off post. The minimum order for the free delivery is $30.

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- Military and civilian personnel who don't have time to run out for lunch will be happy to know that Club Meade delivers lunch on and off post, allowing one hour for delivery time.

The new service started in November and has been posted on the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation website.

However, few Fort Meade employees have called in with lunch orders, said Dominick Ciallella, manager at Club Meade.

"I'm really surprised/ I'm baffled," Ciallella said. "People don't know about it."

The delivery service is open to anyone who works on post. Ciallella said Club Meade will also make deliveries to the School Age Services building at 1900 Reece Road and Meade High School.

The lunch menu, which is posted on the FMWR website, offers a wide range of lunch items, including tuna and chicken Caesar salads, turkey and a beef Philly wraps, fried fish sandwiches, blackened chicken sandwiches and turkey clubs. Wraps are served with free chips.

Prices range from $7 to $9 for salads, wraps and sandwiches. Canned sodas are also offered for 75 cents.

The minimum for lunch orders is $30. There is no delivery charge. Orders must be made between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. by calling 301-677-6969.

Scott Myers, chief of DFMWR's business operations division and Ciallella's supervisor, said the idea for the delivery service came up during the Base Realignment and Closure process. When the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Defense Media Activity and the Defense/Military Department Adjudication Activities first moved to the installation, their cafeterias were not ready and many employees had to go off post for lunch.

Myers said it was difficult for people to return to work within an hour.

"We thought, 'How could we best support them and try to fill that gap?' " he recalled.

In addition to the lunch delivery service, Club Meade now offers an Italian lunch buffet on Tuesdays and a Mexican lunch buffet on Fridays.

The Brass Lounge will be open every day beginning sometime in February. Beginning Jan. 28, Club Meade will offer Country Music Night every other Friday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The event will feature music, dancing and a full cash bar.

Ciallella said he is now working on plans to offer for singers an Open Mic Night and a Karaoke Night within the next three months.

"We want to keep them [service members] on the base and give them more options for something to do," he said.

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