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The Joint Base Andrews Commissary will be hosting the 3rd Annual "Your Healthy Life Style Festival" Live Healthy and Save Big!! from Friday July 15 thru Sunday July 17, 2016 (0900-1700 hours)On Site Activities include: Produce Farmers Market Sale,Live Music, Sales Specials, Bright Smiles Bright Future free kids dental screening, On Site Food truck, Cooking Demos by Chef Steve Muhlbaier and Chef Charles Hall, VA Health Info Booth & much, much, more!!!! There will also be a Fire Department Demo Display. So Please Come out and Join us for some great specials,food, fun and entertainment.


Congratulations to the 2016 Military Children Scholarship Winners for JB Andrews Commissary:
Cooper Ball from Huntington, MD
Kaylee Buckley from Reston, VA
Evelyn Burch from Clinton, MD
Jonathan Liberman from Woodbridge, VA
Rachel Patterson from JB Andrews, MD


The 2016 Holiday Hours and Closure Schedule for JB Andrews Commissary:

Labor Day September 5, 2016 (0900-1700 hours)
Columbus Day October 10, 2016 (0900-1700 hours)
Vetran's Day November 11, 2016 (0900-1700 hours)
Thanksgiving Day November 24, 2016 (CLOSED)
Christmas Eve December 24, 2016 (0900-1600 hours)
Christmas Day December 25, 2016 (CLOSED)
New Year Eve December 31, 2016 (0900-2100 hours)
New Year's Day January 1, 2017 (CLOSED)

JBAndrews Commissary offers the following;

***Early Bird Shopping Hours are 0800-0900 (Mon-Fri )
***19 regular cash registers, 6 self checkout registers, 4 SCO's for 15 items or fewer and 2 carousel style SCO's for 25 items or fewer.
***Fruit and Veggie Trays available in the Produce Dept.; small Trays serves approx 6-8 individuals and large trays serves approx 20-25 individuals
*** A variety of club pack items for your convenience, purchase larger sizes and save.
***Deli/Bakery Dept which sells Rotisserie Chicken and Turkey Beast,chicken wings.

***Guard and Reserve Members Now enjoy Unlimited Commissary Privileges!
Accept credit/debit cards
No tax, 5% surcharge used to build or renovate commissaries
Coupon, WIC, And Food Stamp
If you live far away, load up on non-perishables after drill--open Friday and Saturday until 2100 and Sunday until 1900.

Guest are welcome however can not purchase.

For more information about ID Card Scanning, access our FAQS under Customer Service tab at www.commissaries.com

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Maximize your Commissary Benefit by Visiting the Website
A growing number of commissary patrons are using www.commissaries.com to help them maximize their savings before they shop. Here are a couple of website highlights accessible from the menu bar at the top of the www.commissaries.com homepage: 1) Locations tab  Patrons can plan shopping trips before they leave home by checking store hours, sale dates and special events on their stores individual Web pages. Shoppers can also obtain local store news, telephone numbers, email addresses and directions to their commissary; 2) Shopping tab  Sales and Events page features the commissary sales flyer. Authorized shoppers can log in to see the biweekly sales flyer with discounted products; every two weeks it reflects products as they go on and off sale. The flyer also contains the Thinking Outside the Box venue that matches healthy recipes with products on sale. The Shopping tab also contains information about Commissary Rewards Cards, Value Brands, Commissary Gift Cards, and schedules for case lot sales and other major DeCA events.

DeCA protects your food
DeCA works to safeguard your food. When you purchase products from the commissary you can be assured that they have passed through a multi-tiered inspection process designed to safeguard and protect the food you bring home to your family. DeCA works with the military services to ensure the safety and security of your groceries. See the Food safety, security and sanitation brochure at
https://www.commissaries.com/documents/FSSS_Brochure_revised_12-21-2005.pdf.


Commissary Gift Cards offer Unique Value for Patrons.
By Mike Perron,DeCA Public Affairs Specialist
FORT LEE, Va.  Gift cards are a great idea. They solve the problem of trying to figure out what to give someone with a simple answer: give them a choice. But then youre faced with a different question  which card to give? Sure, you could give them one for an online retailer, but then much of the cards value would probably go toward paying shipping costs and handling fees.
What to do?
Heres an idea: get them a commissary gift card! Authorized shoppers can then pick out what they want, knowing theyre getting the biggest bang for every dollar spent by shopping at the commissary and taking advantage of the best prices in town. And from meat and potatoes to hanging plants, commissaries sell a surprising variety of everyday needs.
The cards can be used to purchase anything sold in the commissary, said Bob Bunch, the Defense Commissary Agencys gift card program manager. And we do about $5 million a year in gift card sales. The program, which enters its 6th year in June, has seen just shy of 660-thousand cards worth more than $22.5 million snapped up by givers. And unlike most gift cards, shoppers actually use the commissary gift cards they receive. Our redemption rate is really phenomenal, said Bunch, adding that almost 90 percent of all cards sold have been fully redeemed. The industry average redemption rate for a gift card is about 75 percent.
The cards are available to anyone online at commissaries.com and in-store for authorized commissary shoppers.
Here are some commissary gift card quick facts:
" Gift cards are available at all commissaries worldwide  on a rack at full service, front-end registers  as well as the website. Just use the Place your order button on the Gift Cards page.
" Cards are good for five years from the date of purchase.
" Only gift cards purchased online incur a shipping and handling fee. There are no fees when the card is purchased in a store.
" There is no limit to the number of gifts cards that a purchaser can buy. However, DeCA officials recommend organizations and activities consider purchasing their cards online if they plan to purchase more than 50 at a time.
" The cards can be sent anywhere in the United States. However, cards can only be shipped to APO, FPO or DPO addresses outside the United States.
" To check card balances, use the Check Your Balance button on the Gift Cards page.
Customers who still have unused gift vouchers, the precursor to the gift card, may still redeem them through Aug. 31, regardless of the expiration date printed on it. After that date, DeCA will no longer accept the vouchers as a form of payment.
For customer service questions, please call 877-988-4438, which is also found on the back of the gift card. Customers can also use this number to check the balance on their card.
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Are You Prepared for Disaster?
Commissary patrons can save on their emergency supplies
By Kevin L. Robinson, DeCA Public Affairs Specialist
FORT LEE, Va.  Although military commissaries arent equipped to predict the next emergency, they do encourage their patrons to use their benefit to be prepared.
The Defense Commissary Agency routinely offers savings compared to commercial stores on the necessary items for any emergency, said agency Sales Director Tracie Russ.
It would be nice if we could accurately predict the impact of the next storm when it came to power outages, interruptions in available water and store closures. However, we do know from past experience its better to plan for the unexpected, Russ said. Thats why we work with our industry partners to offer deep discounts on many of the food products and other items our patrons need to be prepared.
As they take stock in their state of readiness, military patrons can shop their local commissaries for the following items, considered appropriate for disaster preparedness: beef jerky and other assorted meat snacks, soup and chili mixes, canned goods, powdered milk, cereals, batteries, airtight bags, weather-ready flashlights, tape (all-weather, heavy-duty shipping and duct), first-aid kits, lighters, matches, lanterns, candles, hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes. Specific items may vary from store to store.
According to a May 13 forecast from the Weather Channel (https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2016-hurricane-season-forecast-atlantic-the-weather-channel), the 2016 hurricane season is expected to have 14 named storms, eight of which will be hurricanes with three of the hurricanes potentially being category 3 or higher.
The North Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 to Nov. 30 and covers the North Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Tornado season runs from April to July.
Emergency preparedness officials suggest having a disaster supply kit that includes the following items:
" Water  at least one gallon daily, per person (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)
" Nonperishable foods  canned meats, fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, raisins, cereal, crackers, cookies, energy bars, granola, peanut butter, and foods for infants and the elderly (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)
" Paper goods  writing paper, paper plates, paper towels and toilet paper
" Cooking items  pots, pans, baking sheets, cooking utensils, charcoal, a grill and a manual can opener
" First-aid kit  including bandages, medicines and prescription medications
" Cleaning materials  bleach, sanitizing spray, and hand and laundry soap
" Specialty foods  diet and low-calorie foods and drinks
" Toiletries  personal hygiene items and moisture wipes
" Pet care items  food, water, muzzle, leash, carrier, medications, medical records, and identification and immunization tags
" Lighting accessories  flashlight, batteries, candles and matches
" Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
" Duct tape, scissors
" Multipurpose tool
" Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies)
" Cell phone with chargers
" Family and emergency contact information
" Extra cash
" Emergency blanket
" Maps of the area
" Blankets or sleeping bags
For more information about disaster preparedness, go to https://www.commissaries.com/disaster_prep.cfm for lists of resources.
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Commissary patrons help drive Feds Feed Families support
By Jessica Rouse,
DeCA public affairs specialist
FORT LEE, Va.  Last year was a banner year for the Feds Feed Families campaign. The Department of Defense collected more than 3.2 million pounds of food and personal hygiene items for donation to local food banks and pantries. Commissary employees and their patrons contributed almost 50 percent or a whopping 1.6 million pounds of DODs total.
Our customers are the main driver behind the donations, said Randy Eller, DeCAs deputy director of logistics. Their contributions have increased our total 66 percent from 2014.
The Feds Feed Families campaign, which runs June through Aug. 31 this year, was created as a part of President Obamas United We Serve campaign in 2009. The program was started to help food banks stay stocked throughout the summer, when they typically see fewer donations and increased demand. Through the program, almost 57.2 million pounds of food and other items have been donated by federal employees from all across the federal government.
This year commissary employees and patrons are pulling together again to collect donations of much needed nonperishable food and personal hygiene items. Prepacked donation bags, which can be purchased in store and placed in collection bins when entering or leaving, are available. Customers may also bring items from home to donate.
Donated items are picked up by the installations and delivered to local food banks or pantries.
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, cleaning supplies
" Hygiene items  diapers, deodorants (men and women), feminine products, toilet paper, tissues, soap, toothpaste and shampoo
There have been no official goals set but, with the help of commissary employees and generous patrons, Eller thinks last years numbers can be beat.
Lets all give our full support to this fantastic program which feeds thousands of hungry families across the United States, and work to have our best totals ever, he said.
For more information on the Feds Feed Families campaign please visit the United States Department of Agriculture website at http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=feds-feed-families.
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