The Calfire MKU is not cheep by any means.
Day 1 Breakfast costs about $60/meal when you factor in all the associated costs. It takes approx 750 meals/serving to bring those costs down to about $20/meal. Once you get to that 2000 meal/serving, your meal cost get into the sub $10/meal range for breakfast & dinner. The sack lunches are not part of the MKU and cost an avg of $35/lunches when you avg in Line, Admin, Vegetarian lunch costs.
Finally, station subsistence meal costs for Calfire range from $4.35/meal to over $6/meal and that’s when a station can buy in bulk. I know the federal meal reimbursement rate for assignments is about 1/3 more than what Calfire pays. With Calfire expected to stay below $25/meal for dinner.
I say all of this to show the costs, the lowest bidder is who builds fire engines, fire stations, and federal catering. The key too all.of those low bidder contracts, IS THE CONTRACT ITSELF and the person(s) managing the contracts