Commissary Awareness Month (Commissary Commando Competition)
Every year in May single service member programs compete for prizes by conducting educational commissary tours. Soldier against Soldier, Marine against Marine, Airmen against Airmen and Sailor against Sailor, these single service members go head to head in creative, fun commissary events like turkey bowling, grocery cart races, trivia games and competitive eating contests. New this year, Commissary Awareness Month will morph into the Commissary Commando Competition and the services will compete against each other for bigger prize money.
Worldwide Case Lot Sale
Regular shopping at the commissary can save you an average of 30 percent or more over retail. Drive these savings even higher by shopping DeCA's worldwide case lot sale, held every May and September. Stock your pantry by buying canned goods, pet supplies, beverages, paper products and other shelf stable provisions in bulk. Plan your attack weeks before the sale by surfing onto a special worldwide case lot sale page, posted a month prior to each sale. Here you'll detail like sale dates and hours. Some stores even provide a list of available products.
Every year on the third Monday in September, families across America sit down for a shared meal. This national shared meal is the brainchild of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, and is carried out to raise awareness of the importance of frequent family dinners as a way to get involved in childrens' lives and prevent substance abuse in childhood, adolescence and young adulthood. DeCA enthusiastically endorses the Family Day message and encourages military families to share meals together. To rally customer support, commissaries offer a commissary gift certificate sweepstakes and Kay's Kitchen recipes developed especially for Family Day.
Scholarships for Military Children
Enormously popular, the Scholarship program began in 2001, and since then has distributed more than $6.4 million in $1,500 scholarships to over 4,000 of the best and brightest military children. Commissaries are currently accepting applications for the 2009 season; the application deadline is Feb. 18. The scholarships are funded by manufacturers, brokers and distributors that do business with DeCA and the general public. Fisher House Foundation underwrites the cost of program administration, which is handled by Scholarship Managers, an independent company. For more information about the program or an application, visit the Military Scholar Web site .
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