Asked about the reservists who were called to active duty, Rabbi Lapp said it was up to the chaplains to "take a guess" as to how many would be in their area and would want kosher-for-Passover food.

Rabbi Lapp said he had received e-mails from three chaplains who told him they had received enough kosher-for-Passover food to last the eight days.

He added that the military will pay for kosher-for-Passover food, depending upon budgetary considerations. The JWB picks up the cost of the food the government does not provide, the rabbi said.

"The JWB is looking for bureaucratic excuses," said Nadler. "I wish they had not told the Air Force there is enough food."

The JWB receives money from the United Jewish Communities, the umbrella organization of 189 Jewish federations in North America, as well as the Jewish Community Centers Association.

Rabbi Lapp said he arranged for a military transport to send 1,500 solo seder kits in February, as well as cases of such items as matzah, tuna fish and grape juice. He said he was unaware of its destination.

Rabbi Lapp said that if all 2,000 Jews involved in the conflict wanted kosher-for-Passover food, "there is no way" the food provided would be enough. But not everyone wants it, he said, "just like not every Jew goes to synagogue on Yom Kippur."

Marine Maj. David Rosner also sent an e-mail questioning the type of food shipped by the JWB.

"I wonder what type of rabbis are satisfied with the Passover packets from the JWB?" asked Rosner, who cited security reasons for not disclosing his location. "I've seen nothing [kosher-for-Passover food] yet, but [Rabbi David] Narrowe [a Jewish chaplain in Kuwait] says he has the JWB packs. Imagine eating that for eight days. [We] want better.

"This is more of an issue of saying, 'Hey JWB, times have changed. We Jews are not as hated as we used to be. Give us stuff. Don't just sit back and be thankful for the bare minimum.'"

Rosner added: "The military goes by what the JWB says. It's a complete joke. . I am so disappointed that the JWB has left us hanging and refuses to understand they are, for now, the final word the military goes to for matters like this."

Rabbi Jacob Goldstein, the chief chaplain for the New York Army National Guard, said he has received numerous calls from the parents of Jewish soldiers in the Iraq War who complain that there is such a paucity of Passover food that "they are worried their children will starve if they observe Passover properly."

"It's a sad state that when we are concerned - and rightfully so - that captured Iraqis receive [food to conform with] their dietary needs, our soldiers' dietary needs are not being met at his special time of the year."

Rabbi Lapp pointed out that with temperatures in the Middle East reaching to 117 degrees, he could only send non-perishable food. He said that the troops were meant to supplement the seder kits with regular military rations, such as vegetables.