Special savings at commissaries throughout May for Military Appreciation Month

Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, case lot sales, Cinco de Mayo take center stage for commissary savings in May

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whether it’s for case lot sales, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day or more, commissaries will be offering special savings throughout May for Military Appreciation Month.

“We want to thank our military members and their families for their service,” said Tracie Russ, director of sales for the Defense Commissary Agency. “One way for us to do this at your local commissary is to offer the ever-popular Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale – it’s bulk shopping with significant savings.”

The dates and locations for the case lot events are now available online on the Case Lot Sales page. Each stateside store hosts an individual two- or three-day case lot sale. Commissaries in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are also participating. Stores in Europe and the Pacific, while not officially participating, may have substitute events such as sidewalk sales.

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in May to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs.

Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • Case lot sales. Throughout May, DeCA will host its weekend Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale event at all stateside commissaries. Located in the commissary parking lot, patrons will find deep discounts on club packs and cases of their favorite grocery products: bottled water, cereal, canned vegetables, paper products and more.
  • So many tacos, so little time. For Cinco de Mayo, worldwide from April 24 to May 7, Old El Paso will offer savings on items from tortilla cups to grilled steak fajitas with all the fresh fixings.
  • “A Round of Ap-Paws”free pet food for a year. From May 1 to 31, J.M. Smuckers is offering a worldwide promotion where commissary patrons who buy any two participating pet products with their Commissary Rewards Card will be automatically entered for a chance to win a one-year supply of pet food and treats – a value of $1,500. Ten runner-up winners will get a three-month supply. Participating brands are Meow Mix, 9Lives, Milk-Bone, Nature’s Recipe, Kibble ‘n Bits, Gravy Train and Milo’s Kitchen.
  • Summer grilling savings. Beginning May 1 and continuing through June 30, stateside commissaries (to include Alaska and Hawaii) will offer a Memorial Day Weekend Grilling Coupon Booklet worth over $13. The themed coupon booklet will allow commissary patrons to receive discounts when purchasing fresh, store-processed beef or fresh pork with their weekend holiday essentials. The booklet is hosted by Kraft Heinz, Pepperidge Farms, Chinet, Kellogg’s, Johnsonville and Bimbo Bakeries. Limited quantities are available.
  • Supporting military families. From May 1 to July 4, Eckrich, sponsor of Operation Homefront, will donate 5 cents for every purchase of specially marked packages of Eckrich Rope Smoked Sausage – up to $500,000 – to help support military families.  Look in commissaries worldwide for military store coupons offering “Buy One, Get One Free.”
  • “Celebrating Our Heroes” sale. From May 8 to June 4, Acosta Military will donate portions of the proceeds from this promotion to support the Fisher House Foundation. In support of this promotion, 300,000 full-color coupon flyers will be distributed in commissaries worldwide. A Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available.
  • “Outnumber Hunger” is a worldwide partnership event between Feeding America®, Big Machine Label Group and General Mills dedicated to the fight against hunger. From May 8 to 21, patrons who purchase specially marked General Mills items can support this cause by entering a code listed on the package. Each code allows General Mills to direct five meals to a local food bank.
  • Mother’s Day chocolates. From May 8 to 21, Russell Stover and Whitman’s will offer specially designed chocolate boxes worldwide with “Mom-specific” graphics on them. The Whitman’s 12 oz. sampler will feature nostalgic images to commemorate the brand’s 175th anniversary. Russell Stover is also partnering with the USO by donating $100,000 from this promotion along with  an additional $300,000 in Whitman’s products that will be distributed to military families.
  • National Pet Month! From May 8 to 21, Nestle Purina is promoting a three-fold sales event offering a sweepstakes for a trip for four to the San Diego performance of the “Purina Incredible Dog Show” aboard the USS Midway Museum ship. This is an all-inclusive trip with airline, hotel and tickets to the show; see store displays for details. During the promotion period, patrons will be able to save 25 percent off the purchase of their ProPLAN products. Nestle Purina will also be donating 1 pound of pet food for every bag of ProPLAN sold.
  • Memorial Day Summer Grilling Contest! Kraft Heinz Company is offering patrons a chance to win a $500 commissary gift card – 19 prizes total. This online sweepstakes will run from May 1 to June 4. Look for in-store mass displays for details.

“During May, our patrons will see fantastic mass displays throughout the store as well as ‘end of the aisle’ promotions celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Mothers’ Day, Military Appreciation Month and Memorial Day,” Russ said. “We don’t want them to miss all of these special sales events. They deserve it!”

Patrons can also access the DeCA website for the following features: 1) the Commissary Rewards Card, which allows patrons to redeem coupons electronically at the commissary checkout. Patrons can pick up a card at their local commissary and register it here, where they can log into their account to load coupons on the card before they shop; and 2) DeCA’s new Nutritional Guide Program, which covers the color-coded shelf labels that point out items with key nutrient attributes such as low sodium, whole grain, no sugar added, low fat, good source of fiber and organic.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

SOURCE: DeCA

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Commissaries celebrates the Month of the Military Child with giveaways and savings this April

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissaries are observing April, the Month of the Military Child, with giveaways and savings for the entire family.

“At the Defense Commissary Agency, we do all we can to provide our military children and their families with significant savings on groceries and household items,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s sales director. “With events such as ProCamps and our ‘5-2-1-0’ nutritional message, we recognize the unique challenges our youth experience because of the demands of military life.”

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in April to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Also, shoppers can find even more deals on this website, along with the commissary sales flyer, which features discounted items and healthy recipe ideas.

Patrons can also access this website for the following features: 1) the Commissary Rewards Card, which allows patrons to redeem coupons electronically at the commissary checkout. Patrons can pick up a card at their local commissary and register it, where they can log into their account to load coupons on the card before they shop; and 2) DeCA’s new Nutrition Guide Program, where patrons can learn more about the color-coded shelf labels that point out items with key nutrient attributes such as low sodium, whole grain, no sugar added, low fat, good source of fiber and organic.

Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • Commissaries worldwide will use the Month of the Military Child to educate shoppers to encourage their children about healthier lifestyles. The “5-2-1-0” message remains the call to action: Eat five fruits and vegetables every day; limit recreational screen time to two hours or less daily; get one hour or more of physical activity every day and avoid all drinks with sugar. Your local commissary may have commissary tours highlighting the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables along with recipes, food sampling and giveaways. Check with your local commissary to find out when your child’s event takes place.
  • Many camps, 30-day dash, three ways to win! Through April 15, almost 100 commissaries worldwide will have a chance to win a football ProCamps for their installation. Winning stateside installations will host a free, two-day football camp for military children, both boys and girls, in first through eighth grade. At these camps, participants will learn from and play with some of their favorite NFL players like Alejandro Villanueva (Pittsburgh Steelers), Andre Roberts (Atlanta Falcons), Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers), Steve Smith, Sr. (formerly of the Baltimore Ravens), Graham Gano (Carolina Panthers), LeGarrette Blount (New England Patriots), among many others. Installation consideration to qualify for a camp is based on their commissary sales of select items such as Tide, Pampers, Bounty, Charmin, Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Crest and Gillette. Customers can vote for their installation at Start Strong, Stay Strong or text their base name to 1-855-980-1999. Standard messaging and data rates apply. Not all carriers support this service.
  • Kraft Heinz Company is offering shoppers a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the NHL Award Ceremony in June 2017 held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In-store displays will announce the NHL “online” sweepstakes as well as offer great recipes. There will also be coupons available for $5 off 5 items on brands such as Oscar Mayer, Kraft, Velveeta and Planters from April 1-23 at all stores.
  • Keebler’s Annual Hollow Tree promotion features savings on discounted Keebler products April 10-23 at all stores. Customers can get a coupon for free milk with the purchase of four packages of Keebler cookies or Keebler Rite Bite packages. Free cookies and milk samples will be offered at most stores. Look for Ernie and the Keebler elves on Keebler snacks displays.
  • Kashi Plus Fresh Pears! Kashi is offering coupon flyers worldwide so can buy two Kashi products and save $2 on fresh pears. Also, recipes will be available and in-store demos will highlight the nutritional value of Kashi and pears.
  • Overseas Service Corporation and their partners present the “Fisher House Theme Event,” a stateside-only sale to raise awareness and money for The Fisher House Organization. The Fisher House is a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers. Look for special prices and coupons supported by a coupon flyer and mass displays in all stateside stores from participating manufacturers.
  • The Clorox Company and Bush’s Best are teaming up with Kimberly Clark to host the 10th annual “Race for Savings” NASCAR-themed in-store sales event from April 10-23 stateside only. Patrons at participating stores can enter to win a NASCAR Memorial Day Race Package in Charlotte, North Carolina. Two grand prize race packages will be given away nationally. Each prize package includes airfare for two, hotel, race tickets for the Nextel Cup race as well as a $300 VISA cash card for meals and incidentals. Check out special NASCAR/JTG Daugherty Racing displays in the commissaries for details on how to enter.

“As we honor our military children, don’t miss out on these opportunities to save even more,” Russ said. “For everyone in the family, the commissary is always worth the trip.”

To see a video about ProCamps, visit this YouTube page. To see photos related to ProCamps, visit our Flickr page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

SOURCE: Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)

Commissaries offer great promotions to save on holiday groceries

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Nov-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Special in-store promotions and your Rewards Card make the commissary the place to go to save on holiday groceries, according to the Defense Commissary Agency’s director of sales.

“Our commissaries are full of great promotions for the holidays,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA sales director. “Customers will be able to save quite a bit of money for their holiday entertainment and meal needs, thanks to our industry partners.”

Throughout the holiday season stateside commissaries will feature Deals of the Week, while overseas commissaries may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers should check with their local commissary for details on dates and times for their promotions.

Although Thanksgiving has come and gone, one of the commissary’s largest worldwide promotions, the Free Turkey Coupon Booklet, continues through Dec. 31 allowing patrons to save on their holiday turkey dinners.

Through the Turkey Coupon Booklet promotion, the following industry partners have combined their efforts to help patrons earn a free fresh or frozen whole turkey when they buy items for their holiday meal: Kraft Heinz Company, Kellogg’s, General Mills, P&G, Heinz, Nabisco, Hefty/Reynolds Wrap, Fresh Express, Johnsonville, Ocean Spray, Pepperidge Farms, Chinet, Quaker, Del Monte, College Inn, Persil, French’s, Entemann’s, Nexium, Kimberly-Clark and Frito Lay. This coupon booklet also includes preparation tips and holiday recipes.

Commissary patrons will see another holiday promotion, “Celebrate the Holidays with General Mills – Time to cook and bake!,” supported by store displays throughout December highlighting deeply discounted items with high value, in-store coupons.

And patrons with a Commissary Rewards Card will have a special deal: With any purchase of four Campbell’s Chunky soup or chili can items, they can enter for a chance to win a $100 NFL Gift Card when they use their rewards card. This worldwide promotion runs through Jan. 3. Patrons also can receive a chance to win one of seven Apple iPad Pro 9.7 inch up for grabs when you use their rewards card now through Dec. 9. Simply purchase any two qualifying items from Folgers, Smucker’s or JIF to automatically be entered to win.

“The Defense Commissary Agency wishes you and your family, here and abroad, a very happy, healthy, and safe holiday season,” Russ said. “Your commissary is worth the trip for all your holiday needs!”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: Defense Commissary Agency

Commissaries recognize all military this November with special promotions and annual free turkey event worldwide

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissaries worldwide are featuring special promotions in November including high-value coupon booklets for free frozen turkeys that help recognize the sacrifices of military service.

“Our military families face hardships each and every day, whether it is another deployment separating families, trying to make ends meet on a tight budget, or being stationed overseas far away from home,” said Tracie Russ, the Defense Commissary Agency’s sales director.

“This November we recognize all our military – active duty, Guard and Reserve and retirees – and their family members. And to all the war veterans who have fought for our freedom and the right to live in a free democracy in America,” she added. “The commissaries will be showing their thanks through military veterans’ commemoration ceremonies, Veterans Day holiday weekend sales and our seasonal promotions throughout November.”

One of the month’s biggest promotions is the annual free turkey event worldwide included in high-value coupon booklets. The free turkey promotion coincides with special discounted fresh turkeys available in all stores. Patrons are reminded to check out the sales flyer or get a copy at the store entrance.

Throughout November, the commissary’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with stores to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • “Your Turkey Could Be Free” coupon booklet! This worldwide promotion revolves around a 24-page recipe booklet with coupons valued at more than $59. The coupons provide commissary shoppers with significant savings or free turkeys when purchasing their holiday meal essentials. Vendors include Kraft Foods, Kellogg’s, Campbell’s, Pepperidge Farms, Frito Lay, Chinet, General Mills, Hefty/Reynolds Wrap, Fresh Express, Nabisco, Quaker, Del Monte, College Inn, Persil, French’s, Entenmann’s, Nexium, Kimberly-Clark, Ocean Spray, P&G, Heinz and Johnsonville. Look for these recipe/coupon booklets in your local commissary beginning Nov. 1, with coupons good through Dec. 31.
  • Fresh turkeys at low prices will be available at stateside commissaries beginning Nov. 19, while supplies last. Check out the sales flyer for details.
  • “Celebrate the Holidays” with General Mills. This holiday cooking and baking event will be supported with high value in-store coupons.
  • NFL Gift Card. With any purchase of four Campbell’s Chunky soup or chili can items, patrons can enter for a chance to win a $100 NFL Gift Card when they use their Commissary Rewards Card. Promotion open worldwide from Nov. 1 to Jan. 3, 2017.
  • Army-Navy football tickets. From Nov. 1-15, Nabisco will be offering a chance to win one of 20 pairs of tickets to the Army-Navy Game when patrons use their Commissary Rewards Card. The game is being played at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, Dec. 10. Travel and hotel expenses will not be covered for the winners.

“Don’t forget to check out our sales flyer. There you will find special Deals of the Week listed on page two. Also you will find more promotional items to meet all your holiday needs,” Russ said. “Be sure to stock up now!”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: The Defense Commissary Agency

Poultry from the U.S. returns to Commissaries in South Korea this August

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Jul-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissary shoppers in South Korea will see uncooked poultry from the U.S. returning to commissary shelves starting in late August.

This news comes as a result of changes to South Korea’s poultry embargo that had restricted the entry of uncooked poultry from the U.S. nearly nonstop since December 2014. South Korea declared the embargo in 2014 after the U.S. announced the presence of avian influenza in live poultry flocks in Oregon and California, followed by additional outbreaks in other U.S. states.

“This is welcome news for everyone associated with commissaries – customers and employees alike,” said Wayne Walk, DeCA’s zone manager in South Korea. “We’re working with our suppliers to get frozen thighs, breasts, wings and whole chickens, eggs and other uncooked poultry products from the U.S. into stores as quickly as possible. We expect U.S. poultry to be fully stocked again by the end of September.”

During the embargo, commissaries sold uncooked fresh (not frozen) poultry and eggs from local sources in South Korea and uncooked frozen poultry from a source in Australia to meet customer demand. Commissaries will continue to carry fresh chicken products and eggs from local sources in South Korea.

Because the ordering window for turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas fell earlier in the year, it’s too late for commissaries to order turkeys from the U.S. for the 2016 holiday season. “Turkey suppliers required orders placed by the beginning of April,” said Jack McGregor, DeCA’s Pacific Area logistics chief. “We ordered turkeys in April from our known and reliable supplier in Australia that produces the Steggles brand.”

Commissaries have been offering uncooked frozen chicken from Steggles since August 2015, and nearly 8,000 Steggles brand turkeys were sold in commissaries in South Korea last year. “We worked throughout the embargo to provide our customers with substitute poultry products.” said Walk. “We’re pleased we can now add back these uncooked poultry and egg products from the U.S.”

About DeCA:
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: Commissary

This April Commissaries observe Month of the Military Child with savings, giveaways and nutritional tours

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Savings, giveaways and nutritional tours for the entire family are on tap for April as commissaries worldwide observe Month of the Military Child.

“We know military family life is made better thanks to the commissary benefit, and we’re all about providing our customers with great values, especially for children during April,” said Tracie Russ, the Defense Commissary Agency’s sales director.

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • All commissaries take Month of the Military Child as a time to highlight healthy lifestyles. The “5-2-1-0” message is prominent: Eat five fruits and vegetables every day; limit recreational screen time to two hours or less daily; get one hour or more of physical activity every day and avoid all drinks with sugar. Check with your commissary to find out about possible tours highlighting the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables and recipes.
  • Keebler’s 17th Annual Hollow Tree promotion features savings on discounted Keebler products March 28 – April 10 at all stores. There are also coupons for free milk with the purchase of four packages of Keebler cookies or Keebler Rite Bite packages.
  • Eleven camps, two ways to win. Now through April 10, nearly 100 commissaries have a chance to win a football ProCamp for their installation. Eleven winning stateside installations will host a free, two-day football camp for military children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Camp participants learn from and play with NFL players such as Andre Roberts (Washington Redskins), Cortez Allen (Pittsburgh Steelers), Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), Steve Smith (Baltimore Ravens) and Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots). Installations qualify for a camp based on their commissary sales of select items such as Tide, Bounty, Charmin, Pantene, Crest and Gillette. Customers can also vote for their installation here.
  • Small Planet Foods is sponsoring “Live Green Together,” a stateside organic food event. From April 11-24, it features product sampling and great savings through coupons on Annie’s, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, Larabar and Food Should Taste Good items including ready-to-eat cereal, granola bars, salsa, pasta sauce, healthy snacks and frozen fruit.
  • Overseas Service Corporation and their partners present a stateside-only sale to heighten awareness of The Fisher House Foundation. A Fisher House is a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers. Look for special product pricing, coupons and mass displays in all stateside stores. A percentage of the sale’s proceeds will go to support the Fisher House.

“The best way we recognize our military children is making sure the products and values of their commissary make it worth the trip,” Russ said.

Note: Photos related to this news release are on Flickr here and here.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

It’s frozen food month at commissaries

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s no wonder commissaries are highlighting frozen foods during March, considering the variety, value and convenience of items from pizza, entrées and breakfast foods to lots of vegetables in between.

“Every March is frozen food month at commissaries, and while our stores go all out creating exciting frozen food section displays, customers win with great values,” said  sales director for the Defense Commissary Agency. “With other promotions throughout the store, including those with the annual college basketball championship tournament theme, March is a great time to shop your commissary.”

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in March to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • In keeping with frozen food month shoppers will find savings on international frozen food products by Jose Ole, Tai Pei, Ling Ling and other Ajinomoto Windsor brand foods. Also, Acosta is offering in-store coupons and price reductions in stores worldwide highlighted by their product displays from March 7 to 27.
  • ConAgra Foods will feature the “March Frozen Food Month Sale” from March 1 to 27 offering great price reductions, product demonstrations, and high value coupons from leading manufacturers. Look for their flyer in stores. Their website (conagracommissarydeal.com) has more information and features customer coupons.
  • Keebler’s annual Hollow Tree Cookies and Milk Promotion. Coupons will be available for free milk with the purchase of four Keebler cookies or Keebler Rite Bite packages. Cookie and milk product demonstrations will also be offered to all stores. Look for their creative mass tree display from March 28 to April 10. This promotion is available in the U.S. only.
  • Webco is featuring Ocean Spray’s “Chillin’ Dollar Day Sale” through March 5. Customers in stateside stores will also see mass displays and banners for another Ocean Spray promotion that runs March 1-15.
  • Sunkist soda and Mott’s participating brands are sponsoring their “Pop-A-Shot Giveaway Promotion” from March 1 to 5. Shoppers at participating commissaries worldwide can enter to win a Sunkist electronic “Pop-a-Shot” basketball game valued at $200.
  • ProCamp. Ten camps, 30-day dash, two ways to win! From March 28 through April 10, select commissaries worldwide will have a chance to win a ProCamp for their installation. Winning installations will host a free, two-day football camp for military children in kindergarten through eighth grade. At these camps, participants will learn from and play with some of their favorite NFL players like Andre Roberts (Washington Redskins), Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), and Steve Smith (Baltimore Ravens) among others. Installation consideration to qualify for a camp is based on their commissary’s sales of designated P&G and customer votes for their installation. Patrons will see mass displays in participating commissaries.
  • Unilever’s “Healthy Heroes” program runs March 1 to 5 featuring Hellmann’s Best, Lipton, Knorr, Breyers, Dove, Dove Men, AXE, Caress, Suave, St. Ives, Vaseline, Q-Tips, Tresemme, Clear and Nexxus products. Over 150,000 in-store coupon flyers and mass displays will be available in the stores. The coupons in these flyers are valued at about $7 and include more than $1 million in coupon offers, created exclusively for commissary shoppers. Unilever will also give away up to $70,000 in Commissary Gift Cards.
  • Kraft Foods is offering its Easter Essentials promotion from March 7 to 27 featuring 18 coupon offers across all Kraft brands. There will also be $50 Free Commissary Gift Card giveaways – six winners per store.
  • Through March 11, patrons worldwide who buy two packaged coffees from Folgers or Dunkin Donuts in one transaction and present their Commissary Rewards Card for scanning will be entered to win one of seven Apple iPad Air 2 devices. Full details available at here.
  • Through March 18, the J. M. Smucker Company is presenting its 11th “Serving Our Country’s Finest” event for February. A variety of Smucker fruit spreads, Hungry Jack breakfast items, Folgers coffee, Dunkin Donuts coffee and Jif peanut butter are participating in this in-store promotion. Smucker’s will donate $10,000 to Fisher House for the Scholarships for Military Children fund. Stores worldwide have details for in-store giveaways.

“Your commissary is chillin’ in March with super cool pricing in their frozen food section and slam dunk savings throughout the store for the annual college basketball tournament. Don’t miss these savings. It’s definitely worth the trip!” Russ said.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Scholarships for Military Children Program applications open on Dec. 15 at commissaries worldwide

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Now entering its 16th year, the Scholarships for Military Children Program will be accepting applications from eligible students beginning Dec. 15 at commissaries worldwide or on the Internet at www.militaryscholar.org.

A total of 700 scholarship grants, each worth $2,000, will be awarded for the 2016-17 school year. Those students selected for the honor will join nearly 9,000 who’ve been awarded more than $13.9 million in scholarship grants over the last 15 years.

At least one scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. Additional recipients will be selected based on a prorated basis, so more scholarships will be awarded at those commissaries with larger numbers of applicants.

To qualify for consideration, applicants must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21 – or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university – of a service member on active duty, a Reserve or Guard member, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty, or survivor of a retiree.

Applications must be hand-delivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods to the commissary where the applicant’s family normally shops by close of business Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Applications cannot be emailed or faxed.

Applicants should ensure they and their sponsor are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database and have a military ID card. The applicant must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2016 or be enrolled in studies designed to transfer to a four-year program.

Students who are awarded a full scholarship or receive an appointment to one of the military academies or affiliated preparatory schools are not eligible to receive funds from this program. A full scholarship is usually defined as one that provides for payment of tuition, books, lab fees and other expenses.

Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps service members and their families, administers the program. Scholarship Managers, a national, nonprofit, scholarship management services organization, manages and awards the scholarships.

The commissary’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and manufacturers – and the general public donate money to the program, and every dollar donated goes directly toward funding the scholarships.

For more information, students or sponsors can visit www.militaryscholar.org. You can also call Scholarship Managers at 856-616-9311 or email them at militaryscholar@scholarshipmanagers.com.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

SOURCE: Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)

National Military Family Month at Commissaries: We’re uniquely attuned to appreciate the stresses military families endure

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-10-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — National Military Family Month coincides with Thanksgiving, an ideal time when commissary patrons draw on their benefit to show their appreciation and concern for those in the “military family.”

“More than 60 percent of the Defense Commissary Agency’s workforce have a connection to the military either by serving themselves or through a family member, so we’re uniquely attuned to appreciate the stresses military families endure, and we’re proud to be able to provide the commissary benefit,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s director of sales.

Russ noted some key promotions and services that highlight the commissary’s support for military families:

  • Commissary gift cards are especially popular this time of year as individuals and organizations buy them to give as gifts to help military service members and their families. They’re easily purchased in denominations of $25 or $50 on the Gift Card page.
  • DeCA supports healthy families through its Healthy Living Section, which features timely information and news on family health, nutrition and wellness
  • Thanks to DeCA’s industry partners, commissaries worldwide feature in-store promotions throughout the month including shopping-spree giveaways, product giveaways and high-value coupons among other things. The Sales & Events section is a handy resource for customers planning their shopping trips.

“There’s a lot more we could list, but what’s more important is why we do it,” Russ said. “Commissaries exist to enhance the quality of life for our military service members and their families and we do that every month of the year. Having a National Military Family Month is a great way we all can pause to take time to recognize the selfless dedication of military families worldwide.”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

SOURCE: Defense Commissary Agency

Commissaries worldwide feature a lineup of great promotions throughout November

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-10-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Military appreciation and November go together like turkey and gravy as commissaries worldwide feature a lineup of great promotions throughout the month, including high-value coupon booklets for free frozen turkeys.

“November is National Military Family Appreciation Month and more at commissaries,” said Tracie Russ, the Defense Commissary Agency’s sales director. “We’re showing our thanks through commemoration ceremonies that honor our war veterans and also with great values for customers through Veterans Day holiday weekend sales, Black Friday weekend sales and seasonal promotions.

“This year we’re offering not only our annual free frozen turkey offer available worldwide via high-value coupon booklets, but also a fresh turkey special at prices sure to please in stateside commissaries,” she added.

Patrons can find out more details about turkeys and other discounted items in their commissary by accessing the sales flyer on the Sales & Events page.

Throughout November, DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with stores to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers should check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • The Fifth Annual “Get Your Turkey Free – When You Buy Holiday Favorites!” This worldwide promotion features a 16-page recipe booklet with coupons valued at more than $38. The coupons provide commissary shoppers with greater than normal savings or free turkeys when purchasing their holiday meal essentials using the coupons. Terms and conditions are on the coupons. Vendors include Kraft Foods, Kellogg’s, Campbell’s, Pepperidge Farms, Frito Lay, General Mills, Hefty/Reynolds Wrap, Fresh Express, Nabisco, Proctor & Gamble, Heinz and Johnsonville. Look for these recipe/coupon booklets in your local commissary beginning Nov.1, with coupons good through Dec. 21.
  • On Nov. 17 stateside commissaries start featuring fresh turkeys at low prices. The sales flyer on theSales & Events page has details.
  • Black Friday Weekend Extravaganza Sale! Stateside commissaries will feature “rock-bottom” sale prices on “Black Friday”-tagged items Nov. 27-29. Participating brands include: AXE, Folgers, Russell Stover, Nestle, Twining Tea, Dove, Armour, Monster drinks, Suave, Scott, Good Sense, Nongshim Noodles, Lipton Tea, Country Crock, Eight O’ Clock Coffee, Glad, Yoo-Hoo drinks, Planters, Hawaiian Punch, Rittersport Chocolate, Purina and Hellman’s. Go to the Sales & Events page for a list of participating commissaries.
  • Celebrate the Holidays with General Mills and its “Santa Claus (and your entire family) is coming to town. Time to cook and bake!” promotion. This holiday event features high-value in-store coupons and online Commissary Rewards Card discounts.
  • Acosta and its participating brand products present the “Believe in Heroes!” promotion. Commissaries worldwide will receive 300,000 flyers featuring high-value coupons to support this cause promotion for the Wounded Warrior Project Foundation.

“The holidays are busy times and we assure customers that your commissary offers all the items you need for your holiday meals,” Russ said. “Now’s the time to stock up!”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

SOURCE: Defense Commissary Agency

Defense Commissary Agency turns 24 on Oct. 1

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-9-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Twenty-four years ago on Oct. 1, the Defense Commissary Agency officially opened its doors for business around the world. Today, its employees are preparing to observe this anniversary the way they do every year: working hard to bring the commissary benefit to their customers with great savings on name-brand products at 240 stores in 13 countries.

And that’s a fine way to mark this anniversary, said Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Stuart M. Allison, senior enlisted advisor to the DeCA director. “Because what really matters are our customers, America’s military community – the people who bear the brunt of this nation’s defense today, and the people who performed that duty in the past, and those in their immediate families.”

In the last 24 years, the people of DeCA have improved the commissary benefit in multiple ways, Allison said. “You see it in the quality of the facilities we run, the stock assortments our stores carry, and the savings we provide our customers.”

While Oct. 1 marks DeCA’s 24th anniversary, the commissary benefit itself is almost 150 years old. In 1866, Congress authorized the Army to sell food items, at cost, to officers and enlisted men starting July 1, 1867. These sales were authorized at every Army post with a subsistence warehouse. Sales areas were simply a table or counter in the warehouse, and the official stock list was only 82 items – but this was the start of the modern commissary benefit.

Since the early years of the 20th century, commissaries have been similar to civilian grocery stores and supermarkets in terms of both layout and the number of items offered for sale. In the last 24 years, store facilities have been further upgraded, more people have become eligible to enjoy the benefit, and customer savings have increased.

In 1991, commissaries provided average customer savings of 20 percent when compared with local grocery chains. Today, average savings are more than 30 percent.

Thanks to customer surcharge dollars, which fund new stores or renovate existing ones, the agency strives to provide military families with a shopping experience comparable to civilian sector stores.

While the Congress-mandated surcharge has remained at 5 percent since 1983, the number of items stocked by commissaries has increased, from about 13,000 in the largest stores in 1991 to the 22,500 items available in DeCA’s larger commissaries in 2015. National Guard and Reserve personnel, always key components of the military, were granted full-time commissary benefits in 2004.

Through the years, conveniences such as self-checkouts, sushi bars, hot foods, deli-bakeries, credit and debit card acceptance, gift certificates and much more have been added to modern commissaries.

When natural disasters strike military installations, as happened 10 years ago when Hurricane Katrina hit Gulf Coast installations hard, commissaries provide crucial aid to military and civilian families in need of food and supplies. Even when commissaries were severely damaged, temporary stores brought some sense of normality to affected customers.

Commissaries provide a substantial savings, particularly in high-cost-of-living areas of the country, and overseas they bring a morale-building “taste of home” by providing familiar American food products.

“When our troops go downrange, the families left behind depend upon their local community services, including the commissaries, to see them through tough, lonely times,” Allison said. “I know firsthand because the commissary’s been there for my family when I’ve had to deploy.

“With 24 years of experience as a Defense agency, commissaries continue delivering this highly valued military benefit to our men and women in uniform and their families,” he added.

So, as the agency observes its 24th birthday, Allison said he’s celebrating with a movie from the exchange, and some drinks, popcorn and other snacks from his commissary.

“I appreciate my commissary benefit and the folks who have run it for nearly a quarter of a century,” he said. “And I salute them all for carrying on that tradition of service.”

Note: For photos related to this news release, please visit our Flickr page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Commissaries to serve as collection points for the Feds Feed Families campaign, Jun 1 – Aug 31

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-6-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissaries are serving as collection points for the Feds Feed Families campaign, which began June 1 and ends Aug. 31 at participating stateside military installations.

During this campaign, participating installations help collect items most needed by food pantries and then donate them to area food banks.

“This marks our sixth consecutive year participating in this campaign, and what could be better than helping provide food for those in need around us,” said Randy Eller, DeCA’s deputy director of logistics.

Last year, DeCA collected almost 1 million pounds of food donated at commissaries and given to area food banks. That represented 30 percent of the Defense Department’s total Feds Feed Families donation. Many stores featured donation packages provided by commissary vendors for patrons to purchase and donate on the spot.

“2014 was a great campaign year for us,” Eller said. “Our customers should be really proud – a large number of people were helped.”

Since the campaign’s inception in 2009, over 24 million pounds of food have been donated.

Once the items have been collected, installation officials will work with their commissary to deliver the items to their local food bank.

The most-needed items for donations include:

  • Canned vegetables – low sodium, no salt
  • Canned fruits – in light syrup or its own juices
  • Canned proteins – tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter and beans
  • Soups – beef stew, chili, chicken noodle, turkey or rice
  • Condiments – tomato-based sauces, light soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing or oils
  • Snacks – individually packed snacks, crackers, trail mix, dried fruit, granola and cereal bars, pretzels and sandwich crackers
  • Multigrain cereal
  • 100 percent juice – all sizes, including juice boxes
  • Grains – brown and white rice, oatmeal, bulgar, quinoa, couscous, pasta, and macaroni and cheese
  • Paper products and household items – paper towels, napkins and cleaning supplies
  • Hygiene items – diapers, deodorants (men and women), feminine products, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste and shampoo

“We want to make a difference in the communities surrounding our stores,” Eller said. “And our patrons and employees help us do that.”

This year, no goals have been set, but DOD is urging participants to do their best to top their past donations.

For more information on this campaign, go to the United States Department of Agriculture website’s Feds Feed Families page.

Note: For a motion graphic related to this news release, go to YouTube. For photos, please visit our Flickr page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

DeCA’s vendors, suppliers and brokers collaborate with commissaries in May to offer discounts beyond everyday savings

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-4-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — There’s no shortage of savings or “M’s” for commissary promotions in May featuring a lineup of themes such as Military Appreciation Month, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.

The majority of stateside commissaries hold their popular Commissary Appreciation Month Case Lot Sale sometime in May, but some will be held in June, so now’s a good time to check the list of sale dates at www.commissaries.com.

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in May to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Look for mass displays and “end of the aisle” promotions in stores celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Mothers’ Day, Military Appreciation Month and Memorial Day. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • Cinco de Mayo with Old El Paso offers savings worldwide from April 23 to May 6.
  • Taco Time for José Olé. This stateside promotion from April 23 to May 6 also offers savings on products for your Cinco de Mayo party. José Olé features frozen Mexican foods such as burritos, taquitos, nacho bites and mini tacos.
  • Kellogg’s is uniting with Marvel’s Avengers Age of Ultron from April 23 to May 6 to pass along savings to commissary customers. The Age of Ultron movie premieres stateside May 1, and Kellogg’s is featuring a collectible toy series. Look for collectible packaging inserts and movie ticket offers on select Kellogg’s/Keebler ready-to-eat cereal, toaster pastry, cookies, crackers, wholesome snacks and frozen breakfast products.
  • The Dr Pepper/Snapple Group is also offering Marvel’s Avengers Age of Ultron movie franchise collectibles worldwide from May 7 to 20 featuring collectible-character beverage cans and social media content. Giveaways worldwide include big-screen TVs and audio pro headphones. Look for in-store displays.
  • From May 1 to June 12, Smithfield, Gwaltney Race with Royalty Sweepstakes is offering one grand prize winner a three-day/two-night trip to Richmond, Virginia, for two, occurring Sept. 11-13 complete with a $1,200 gift card for travel, accommodations, and expenses; passes for two to the Richard Petty Driving Experience “Ride-Alongs”; a $200 gift card, which may be used for purchase of race tickets; a pair of pre-race pit and garage passes; and a meal with members of the Richard Petty Motorsports race team. Sixteen first-prize winners will each receive one $50 Commissary Gift Card. Commissary customers who purchase three or more Smithfield/Gwaltney products per shopping trip will be automatically entered in the sweepstakes by using their Commissary Rewards Card. This contest is only available for participating stateside stores in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and South. Visit your local commissary for details.
  • The ConAgra Foods “Celebrate Summer with Family, Friends & Food,” runs May 7-June 3. In-store displays give instructions on how a customer receipt can be used to get a $5 coupon simply by purchasing $15 in participating products. The www.conagracommissarydeals.com site also provides details. Customers at participating stores may also enter to win a variety of prizes such as mountain bikes, Xbox game systems, PlayStation game systems or 40″ television sets.
  • Acosta Military supports the Fisher House Foundation with the Celebrating Our Heroes sale. A Fisher House is a home away from home for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The Fisher House program serves more than 22,000 families annually. Commissary patrons will save big on numerous products through this promotion, while participating brands will make donations for every item sold from May 7 to June 3. Look for flyers in commissaries worldwide for details and coupons.
  • Outnumber Hunger is a partnership event between Feeding America®, Big Machine Label Group and General Mills dedicated to fighting against hunger. Some 13 million Americans struggle with hunger issues, according to cause organizers, who seek to raise awareness and help Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks. From May 7-May 20, patrons can go online to enter codes listed on specially marked packages of General Mills items. For each code entered General Mills will direct five meals to a food bank. Look for General Mills displays in your local commissary.
  • Gatorade and Naked Juice sponsor the fifth annual Honoring Our Heroes promotional event from May 21 to June 3. Patrons worldwide can nominate their military heroes in 200 words or less at www.gatorademilitary.com to win cash and free groceries for their heroes. Those honored can include active and veteran military patrons, spouses, their families, friends, neighbors or organizations that benefit the military community. Essay entrants will get a Gatorade product commissary coupon as a special thank you. The first 25 essay entrants will also get a unique Gatorade and Naked Juice prize. In addition, all winners will be recognized at their commissary and on www.gatorademilitary.com. Check your local commissary for details on this event.
  • Memorial Day Celebration. Kraft Foods Group is offering the following savings promotions:
    • From May 7 to May 17, commissary patrons have the opportunity to win two grand prizes chosen from participating stores in the continental United States: 1) a Back Yard Kit with 70-quart Coleman Cooler ($100 value) includes Slip ‘N Slide, Super Soakers, Horse Shoe, Wham Golf Game and more; and 2) two $50 Commissary Gift Cards. Check your local commissary for details on this contest.
      The drawing for these giveaways will be the week of May 18 at each participating commissary. Check your local commissary for details on this event.
    • May 21-June 3, there will be a Commissary Rewards Card offer to save $1 off meat or produce with the purchase of three participating Kraft products. There will also be an in-store, return-trip coupon with the purchase of five participating Kraft products, redeemable for $5 off your next commissary visit in June.
  • Kellogg’s presents the Special K Spring event to inspire new approaches to weight management and personal wellness. Special K will feature new food products worldwide and a chance to win free athletic gear – a $100 value. Special K will also offer from May 21 to June 3 a bundling coupon – purchase three participating Special K products and receive a $3-off produce coupon.

“We can’t thank our service members enough for all they do to preserve our freedom and maintain the security of our nation,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s director of sales. “To them and their family members, we endeavor to deliver the best commissary benefit possible.”

Note: For photos related to this news release, please visit our Flickr page. For a motion graphic, please go toYouTube.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Commissaries to celebrate the Month of the Military Child with giveaways and savings for the entire family this April

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-3-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — April is Month of the Military Child and commissaries are celebrating with giveaways and savings for the entire family. “Children in military households face unique challenges because of the demands of military life,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s sales director. “So, at the Defense Commissary Agency, we want to acknowledge them and do all we can to provide their families with great values for their commissary benefit.”

DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in April to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • Commissaries worldwide will use Month of the Military Child to educate shoppers on the importance of encouraging their children toward healthier lifestyles. The “5-2-1-0” message remains the call to action: Eat five fruits and vegetables every day; limit recreational screen time to two hours or less daily; get one hour or more of physical activity every day and avoid all drinks with sugar. Your local commissary may have commissary tours highlighting the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables along with recipes, food sampling and giveaways. Check with your local commissary to find out when your child’s event takes place.
  • Ten camps, 30-day dash, two ways to win! From March 19 through April 8, almost 100 commissaries worldwide will have a chance to win a ProCamp for their installation. Winning installations will host a free, two-day football camp for military children in kindergarten through eighth grade. At these camps, participants will learn from and play with some of their favorite NFL players like Andre Roberts (Washington Redskins), Cortez Allen (Pittsburgh Steelers), Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), Steve Smith (Baltimore Ravens) and Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots) among others. Installation consideration to qualify for a camp is based on their commissary sales of select items such as Tide, Bounty, Charmin, Pantene, Crest and Gillette, and customers can vote for their installation at https://thefamilyunitpg.com.
  • Overseas Service Corporation and their partners present the “Fisher House Theme Event”, a stateside-only sale to heighten awareness and raise money for The Fisher House Organization. The Fisher House is a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers. Look for store displays from participating manufacturers.
  • Keebler’s 16th Annual Hollow Tree promotion features savings on discounted Keebler products April 9 through May 6 at all stores. Customers will receive a coupon for free milk with the purchase of four packages of Keebler cookies. Free cookies and milk samples will be offered at most stores. Look for Ernie and the Keebler elves on Keebler snacks displays in your local commissary.
  • Small Planet Foods is sponsoring a stateside organic food event called “Live Green Together.” From April 9 to April 22, product sampling and great savings through coupons on Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, Larabar and Food Should Taste Good items such as ready-to-eat cereal, granola bars, salsa, pasta sauce healthy snacks and frozen fruit will be available.

“As we honor our military children, don’t miss out on these opportunities to save even more,” Russ said. “For everyone in the family, the commissary is always worth the trip.”

Note: For photos related to ProCamps, please visit our Flickr page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Applications for Scholarships for Military Children now available at commissaries worldwide

Applications for new season available Dec. 15

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-11-17— /EPR Retail News/ — As the Scholarships for Military Children Program enters its 15th year, more than 8,000 students have shared nearly $13 million in scholarships. Applications for the 2015-2016 school-year awards become available starting Dec. 15 at commissaries worldwide or on the Scholarships for Military Children website.

As one of last year’s recipients said, the scholarship will help her fulfill her dream of becoming a surgeon. “Receiving your scholarship makes me more determined to attain high academic standards and accomplish my dream,” the student wrote in a letter to the Defense Commissary Agency. “Thank you again for your generosity and believing in me.” Starting last year, each award amount rose to $2,000 from the previous $1,500, and the program awards at least one scholarship at each commissary with qualified applicants.

An applicant must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21 – or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university – of a service member on active duty, Reserve or Guard member, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty, or survivor of a retiree.

Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 13, 2015. Packages must be hand-delivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods, not emailed or faxed.

Applicants should ensure that they and their sponsor are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database and have a military ID card. The applicant must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2015 or be enrolled in studies designed to transfer to a four-year program.

Applicants who are awarded a full scholarship or receive an appointment to one of the military academies or affiliated preparatory schools are not eligible to receive funds from this program. A full scholarship is usually defined as one that provides for payment of tuition, books, lab fees and other expenses.

Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps service members and their families, administers the program. Scholarship Managers, a national, nonprofit, scholarship management services organization, manages and awards the scholarships.

Commissary partners and the general public donate money to the program; every dollar donated goes directly to funding scholarships. Supporters are recognized at four levels of donations, with Four Star business partners contributing more than $50,000 annually, and One Star donors giving between $2,000 and under $10,000.

For more information, students or sponsors should call Scholarship Managers at 856-616-9311 or email them at militaryscholar@scholarshipmanagers.com.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil