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Commissaries highlight Month of Military Child with savings
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, sales director for the Defense Commissary Agency. 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. DeCAs 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. Patrons can also see the Sales Flyer at www.commissaries.com or get a copy at the store entrance. Go to
https://commissaries.com/press_room/press_release/2017/DeCA_19_17.cfm for more details.

Nutrition guide program helps patrons meet health, wellness needs
Since January, patrons worldwide have seen color-coded shelf tags in their commissaries, spotlighting products featuring one or more of five popular nutritional attributes such as low sodium, no-added sugar and high fiber. The labels also highlight organic products. Military service is all about readiness and resilience, and the foods we eat play a big role in that, said Defense Commissary Agency Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. By highlighting the products with key nutrient attributes our commissary patrons look for, our nutrition guide program makes shopping much more convenient and effective to help service members and their families meet their health and wellness needs. The NGP is based on U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture criteria and standards. DeCA collaborated with key DOD agency and service branch health and wellness experts to align NGP with the Go for Green nutrition education program, which uses traffic light colors to identify food choices in military dining facilities. For more information, click on https://commissaries.com/healthy-living/nutrition-guide.cfm.

Commissary store brand names unveiled
The Defense Commissary Agency has chosen the names Freedoms Choice" and HomeBase" for its private label product assortment. Private label, also known as store brands, will begin appearing on commissary shelves in May. Commissary patrons have been telling us for quite some time that they want to take advantage of the value offered by store brands, but commissaries have not had their own brand until now, said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO. Freedoms Choice will be the commissary brand name for food items and HomeBase for nonfood items such as paper products and other household items. Our private label products will also be equal or lower in price to commercial grocery store brands, he added. For more on DeCAs private label program, go to https://commissaries.com/documents/contact_deca/faqs/transformation.cfm.


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Commissary Surchage

The commissary surcharge, the 5 percent added to every customers bill to build, modernize and maintain commissary facilities, continues to serve its purpose as the Defense Commissary Agency begins implementing its business transformation changes this year.
At DeCA, we are making significant changes to help maintain current patron savings while improving the shopping experience and reducing our operating costs, said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. However, these changes do not affect the surcharge amount, which continues to allow patrons to invest in the construction of new and the renovation of old commissaries.
The surcharge, established by Congress, has been part of the commissary benefit since 1879. In 2001, Congress limited the use of surcharge for the construction of replacement stores, renovations, maintenance and repairs of existing stores, and purchasing equipment and store-level information technology systems such as checkouts.
Over the years there were various increases and decreases in the surcharge rate. The surcharge has been 5 percent since 1983.
The impact of the surcharge is highly visible. In early April, a new $38 million commissary, the largest in DeCA, opened at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In February, a new $36 million commissary opened at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, and in 2016 a new $26 million commissary opened at Spangdahlem Air Base Germany.
Todays stores are more environmentally friendly and provide shopping amenities that were unattainable in the heavily used facilities they replaced.
There has always been confusion over the surcharge being referred to as a tax, according to DeCA Historian Dr. Pete Skirbunt.
Its not a tax, Skirbunt said. With the surcharge, commissary customers through their purchases help maintain key aspects of the commissary benefit, while continuing to enjoy a high level of savings on what they buy.
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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 Americas military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.


Stay Connected to Your Commissary Benefit
COMMISSARIES.COM: Visit www.commissaries.com to learn more about the Defense Commissary Agency: check out the latest news, find a store near you, see what's on sale, create a shopping list, learn of food and product recalls, scan employment opportunities, read frequently asked questions, submit a customer comment form online through DeCA's Your Action Line and more.

COMMISSARY CONNECTION: Stay connected with the latest news about your most valued benefit, Hot Links to additional savings, shopping sprees, contests, commissary promotions, events and more, go to www.commissaries.com/subscribe.cfm and subscribe to the Commissary Connection newsletter.

FACEBOOK: Visit www.facebook.com/YourCommissary, DeCAs Facebook page, where you can post comments and share news, photos and videos.

YOUTUBE: To see DeCAs latest videos, visit www.youtube.com/DefenseCommissary.

TWITTER: To see DeCAs latest "tweets," visit www.twitter.com/YourCommissary.

PINTEREST: To see DeCAs theme-based image collections, visit http://www.pinterest.com/YourCommissary.

FLICKR: To see DeCAs latest photographs, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/commissary/.

Military Child Month

Whether its for case lot sales, Cinco de Mayo, Mothers 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  its bulk shopping with significant savings.
The dates and locations for the case lot events are now available online at https://www.commissaries.com/case_lot_sale.cfm. 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.
DeCAs 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. Check the dates for the case lot sale at your military installation on www.commissaries.com and click on Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale.
" 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, Natures Recipe, Kibble n Bits, Gravy Train and Milos 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, Kelloggs, 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.
" Mothers Day chocolates. From May 8 to 21, Russell Stover and Whitmans will offer specially designed chocolate boxes worldwide with Mom-specific graphics on them. The Whitmans 12 oz. sampler will feature nostalgic images to commemorate the brands 175th anniversary. Russell Stover is also partnering with the USO by donating $100,000 from this promotion along with an additional $300,000 in Whitmans 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 dont 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 at https://commissaries.com/rewards/index.cfm, where they can log into their account to load coupons on the card before they shop; and 2) DeCAs new Nutritional Guide Program; go to www.commissaries.com/healthy-living/nutrition-guide.cfm to 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.
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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 Americas military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.


Stay Connected to Your Commissary Benefit
COMMISSARIES.COM: Visit www.commissaries.com to learn more about the Defense Commissary Agency: check out the latest news, find a store near you, see what's on sale, create a shopping list, learn of food and product recalls, scan employment opportunities, read frequently asked questions, submit a customer comment form online through DeCA's Your Action Line and more.

COMMISSARY CONNECTION: Stay connected with the latest news about your most valued benefit, Hot Links to additional savings, shopping sprees, contests, commissary promotions, events and more, go to www.commissaries.com/subscribe.cfm and subscribe to the Commissary Connection newsletter.

FACEBOOK: Visit www.facebook.com/YourCommissary, DeCAs Facebook page, where you can post comments and share news, photos and videos.

YOUTUBE: To see DeCAs latest videos, visit www.youtube.com/DefenseCommissary.

TWITTER: To see DeCAs latest "tweets," visit www.twitter.com/YourCommissary.

PINTEREST: To see DeCAs theme-based image collections, visit http://www.pinterest.com/YourCommissary.

FLICKR: To see DeCAs latest photographs, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/commissary/.

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