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Frozen food savings, spotlighting healthy choices, the frenzy of college hoops and more take center stage in military commissaries during March.
For patron savings and promotions, commissaries are as busy as the action on college basketball courts, said Tracie Russ, sales director for the Defense Commissary Agency. Weve got plenty of special deals for our patrons from frozen food month with exciting store displays to discounts connected to the annual college basketball championship tournament.
By the way, as youre shopping for savings, dont forget to check out our nutrition guide program with color-coded shelf tags that make it easier to spot products featuring attributes such as low sodium, low fat, no-added sugar, high fiber and whole grain along with organic items, she added.
DeCAs 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. Also, shoppers can find even more deals on DeCAs website, www.commissaries.com, along with the commissary sales flyer, which features discounted items and healthy recipe ideas.
Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:
" ProCamps. From March 27 to April 9, select commissaries worldwide will have a chance to win one of 10 ProCamps for their installation. Winning installations will host a free, two-day football camp for military children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Campers will learn from and play with NFL players like Andre Roberts (Detroit Lions), Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals) and Alejandro Villanueva (Pittsburgh Steelers) among others. Qualification for a camp is based on an installations commissary sales of designated P&G products and customer votes. Patrons will see mass displays in participating commissaries.
" Hoop eats! From March 1 to 26, Kraft Heinz will offer coupon deals for $5 off five items on many of its brands in stateside commissaries. Stores will also have product and recipe displays. Participating brands include Ore-Ida, TGI Fridays, Kraft Natural Cheese, Heinz Relish, Oscar Meyer, Maxwell House Café Collection and Planters Nuts.
" Salute to Savings. Throughout March, General Mills is honoring all military members with in-store coupons as well as premium giveaways worldwide.
" Nathans, Smithfield and Eckrichs Mobile Sampling Tour. From March 22 to July 9, a traveling team will set up grilling samples of hot dogs and sausages in commissaries, offering high-value coupons and gift-for-purchase promotions at 35 installations in the Washington, D.C., area, Maryland, Virginia, and North and South Carolina. They will also hold 15 military events in Germany, Italy and England.
March is a great time to visit your commissary, Russ said. With our cool pricing in frozen foods and our mad promotions throughout the store for the college basketball tournament, the commissary is definitely worth the trip!
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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 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 Americas military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.


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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.

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Commissary Fast Facts

Commissaries select SpartanNash as private label supplier
The Defense Commissary Agency has selected MDV SpartanNash LLC to bring private label products to store shelves. Our customers have been asking for private label for a long time, said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCAs director and CEO, citing a DeCA patron survey in which 60 percent of respondents said they would like to see a commissary private label offering. Private label products are offered by a retailer under their own, in-house brand or under a brand developed by their suppliers. Commissaries will add private label options to their assortments, while continuing to offer the name brands that patrons have always shopped. The initial assortment should be available at all commissaries worldwide in May 2017 and will include approximately 400 items. Private label items will grow to about 1,000 items by the end of 2017. Over the next two years DeCA will add more private label products to the commissary stock assortment. For more information on DeCAs private label program, visit the transformation FAQs at https://commissaries.com/documents/contact_deca/faqs/transformation.cfm.

2017 brings more commissary savings, healthy choices
As the calendar flips to 2017, commissary shoppers can easily resolve to save more and eat healthier by not only taking advantage of special in-store promotions and coupons, but also checking out the Defense Commissary Agencys new Nutrition Guide Program. Shoppers can find these services on DeCAs website, www.commissaries.com, along with the commissary sales flyer, which features discounted items and healthy recipe ideas. Throughout January, DeCAs industry partners  vendors, suppliers and brokers  are collaborating with commissaries to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substituted events for certain promotional programs. Patrons are reminded to check out the online Sales Flyer at www.commissaries.com or get a copy at the store entrance. Go to https://commissaries.com/press_room/press_release/press_releases_16.cfm for more details.

Deadline for Scholarships for Military Children applications is Feb. 17
Dec. 13 marked the opening of the Scholarships for Military Children Program for the 2017-2018 school year. At least one scholarship worth $2,000 will be awarded at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. 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 the U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods to the commissary where the applicants family normally shops by close of business Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Applications cannot be emailed or faxed. For more information, students or sponsors should visit www.militaryscholar.org. You can also call Scholarship Managers at (856) 616-9311 or email them at militaryscholar@scholarshipmanagers.com.


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