In December Military Times surveyed more than 5,900 active duty service members, retirees and spouses on their use of the commissary. Only five percent of those who took the survey indicated that the commissary was not a priority to them. Of the 2,100 active-duty members who responded, 65 percent shopped weekly at the commissary and 3 out of 4 spend more than half of their grocery budget at the commissary. This shows tremendous use of the benefit and demonstrates cuts or changes would significantly affect service members and families.
The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) released the results of a price comparison study. The study compared identical products at big-box and other grocery stores and confirmed the Commissary saves its patrons an average of more than 30%. Prior surveys showed an average cost savings of more than 31%, but this year the survey included dollar stores, club stores, drug stores, and discount department stores as well as traditional grocery stores.
Lastly, don’t forget the application period for the 2014 Scholarships for Military Children Program is open until February 28, 2014. Each commissary location will award at least one scholarship of $2,000 to qualified applicants. Make sure the applicant is enrolled in DEERS and has an ID card.
Until military families are relieved of the weight of war, we hope you will continue to contribute to their wellbeing.
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