Humanitarian daily ration
The meals are designed to be able to survive being air-dropped, without a parachute. This is safer for the refugees than parachuting large pallets of rations. And it prevents hoarding of the meals by a few individuals. The meals cost approximately 20 % the cost of a meal ready to eat.
Initially the rations came in a yellow wrapper, but that was the same color as a antipersonnel cluster submunition. The color was changed so civilians would not pick up a dangerous unexploded munition thinking it was food. 
|Shelf life||36 months at 80 F|
|Kilo Calories||at least 2200 per package|
|Protein content||10-13 percent|
|Fat content||27-30 percent|
|Carbohydrate content||60 percent|
|Prohibited contents||Any animal products, except a limited amount of dairy products, below the limit that would cause a problem for a person with lactose intolerance.|
|Infant component||All rations contain a fruit paste, suitable for feeding to infants|
|Utensils'||All rations contain a spoon and a paper towel moistened with a non-toxic, non-alcoholic cleanser|
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- Technical Data for Humanitarian Daily Ration. U.S. Department of Defense. Retrieved on 2007-10-18.
- Humanitarian Daily Rations. DCSA. Retrieved on 2007-10-18.
- Operational Rations. United States Defense Logistics Agency. Retrieved on 2007-10-18.
- Albin R. Majewski. The Alphabet Soup of Combat Rations, United States Army, Winter 2001. Retrieved on 2007-10-18.