COMMISSARY FAST FACTS – ISSUE 122 – December 2011 


2012 Scholarships for Military Children opens Dec. 1

Applications for the 2012 Scholarships for Military Children program will be available starting Dec. 1 at commissaries worldwide as well as online through a link on and directly at The program awards at least one $1,500 scholarship to a student at each commissary. Scholarships are funded by donations from commissary vendors, manufacturers, brokers, suppliers and the general public. To be eligible for a scholarship, the student must have a current military ID card and be an unmarried child, no older than 21 or 23 – if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university – of a service member on active duty, reservist, guardsman, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree.  Applicants must submit an essay on a topic which will be available Dec. 1 on  Applications must be turned in to a commissary by close of business Feb. 24, 2012.

Commissary Gift Cards help extend holiday cheer

During the holiday season, a Commissary Gift Card can be an easy option for anyone to extend the gift of groceries to service members and their families. Unveiled this summer, the Commissary Gift Card comes in denominations of $25 and $50. Anyone can purchase a card through the Defense Commissary Agency website,, or in a commissary. However, only authorized commissary customers can redeem it in a commissary. The gift cards can be used for in-store purchases, as long as they have a balance. They cannot be redeemed for cash, and there is no monetary change for unused portions of the card. There is no limit to the number of gift cards that a purchaser can buy. However, DeCA officials recommend organizations and activities consider purchasing online if they need $500 or more in gift cards. For customer service questions, call the toll-free phone number, 877-988-4438, which also allows the user to check the card balance.

DeCA and AAFES announce holiday recipe contest

Through midnight Dec. 31, the Defense Commissary Agency and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, also known as the Exchange, are offering shoppers opportunities to win shopping sprees by entering their favorite holiday recipes. To enter, visit for contest details and a link to an email address to send recipes. There are three categories: main dish, side dish or dessert. Participants must submit a description of the recipe, 50 words or less or the origin of the recipe. Recipes must include specific ingredient measurements and preparation directions. Limit two entries per immediate family. There will be four winners for each category – 12 chances to win. First-place winners in each category receive a $500 Exchange gift card and a $500 commissary gift card donated by DeCA’s industry