COMMISSARY FAST FACTS – ISSUE 124 – February 2012 


Make commissary your one-stop shop for Super Bowl celebrations

If you want to save money on Super Bowl party fare, look no further than your local commissary – they have what you need, at the best prices you’ll find. Need some snack crackers to serve with your special homemade dip? We have a good assortment as much as 33 percent off the regular price. Several cheeses are on sale, too, at 27 to 39 percent savings. Also, if cooking skills are limited, go for ready-to-bake pizzas, lasagna, fully-cooked meatballs and buffalo chicken wings that you just heat and eat. Cold cuts and cheese, with macaroni or potato salad, is an easy-do, as well. Whatever you choose, arrange it nicely on a serving plate, tray or bowl, and your guests will be mighty impressed. For those who prefer serving something homemade, visit Kay’s Kitchen at to check out this week’s recipe collection for all your Super Bowl favorites. Be a smart shopper by purchasing ingredients at the commissary – shop early for best selection.

2012 Scholarships for Military Children applications available

Applications for the 2012 Scholarships for Military Children program are now available 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 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.  Applications must be turned in at a commissary by close of business Feb. 24.

Commissary surcharge helps patrons improve benefit

When military service members shop their commissary, they save a substantial amount of money, while contributing to the improvement of the commissary system. That’s because for almost 60 years, Congress has required commissaries to collect a surcharge on purchases to make them more self-sustaining. “Every time our customers shop at the commissary, they are not only saving money because we sell at cost, but they are also taking care of their own,” said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO. “Their purchases help improve commissary facilities for their brothers and sisters in uniform.” The surcharge, which has been set at 5 percent for more than 28 years, is used to build replacement stores, renovate and repair existing stores, and purchase equipment such as freezers and cash registers. The surcharge is necessary because, unlike retail stores that mark up their prices to account for their operational costs and desired profit, commissaries are required by law to sell at cost to deliver the best possible prices to customers. Even with the surcharge, customers still enjoy an average of 30 percent or more in savings compared to commercial stores.