Service members and their families will soon see a 3-5% price drop on most grocery items in their commissaries as part of a Department of Defense initiative aimed at bolstering the economic security and stability of the military community.
The DOD’s “Caring for Military and Families” initiative offers comprehensive actions to support military members grappling with the financial impacts of inflation, supply chain disruptions, and the pandemic.
“The department’s additional investment in our budget allows us to reduce curated-to-registry prices by approximately 3-5% on most items – especially on staple foods that struggling military families need the most. , like bread, eggs, milk and more,” Bill Moore, director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency, said. “With this boost, we can achieve at least 25% overall savings for eligible customers who purchase their commissaries.”
Commissary customers should see price changes at most locations by mid-October. The prices of certain products and categories may vary.
Prior to the additional funding, DeCA was able to provide military members and their families with discounted groceries that cost an average of 22% less than civilian groceries for fiscal year 2022.
“Moving forward with the department’s initiatives, we want to sustain the savings increase through fiscal year 2023 and exceed the 25% benchmark as our resources permit,” Moore said.
“In addition to savings, we provide healthy food options, clean and safe stores, convenience and top-notch customer service for our service members and their families,” Moore said. “Commissioners are there when our military families need them most, even in times of disaster, pandemic or times of inflation. We are an insurance policy to ensure food security for our military families.”
“Caring for Military Members and Families” aligns with DOD’s overall campaign for economic security, first announced in November 2021 when the department unveiled its “Military Leader’s Economic Security Toolkiton Military OneSource. The webpage is a central landing point to help leaders connect service members and their families to the resources they need to build economic readiness.
The Commissary Benefits portion of the Economic Toolkit is highlighted on DeCA’s website, specifically on its “We are stronger togetherpage that links the military to the following savings and nutrition options:
Timely sales promotions as well as specific items highlighted in the bi-weekly sales flyer
House brands and “Your daily savings!” programs that offer better prices on popular staples
Healthy options with dietitian-approved recipes, meal plans, and quick, ready-to-eat, and economical meal options through Deli and 174 dietitian-approved gas stations
DeCA is also expanding its efforts to ensure that all eligible customers know about their benefit, specifically targeting the millions of disabled veterans who became eligible for the benefit in January 2020, Marine Sgt. Maj. Michael Saucedo, senior enlisted advisor to the DeCA director, said.
“We work closely with veterans groups to reach our veterans with disabilities and with active duty military members to raise awareness of troop benefits earlier in their careers,” he said. “And as we spread the word about this indispensable benefit to all of our eligible customers, we strive to anticipate our customers’ needs, provide top-notch customer service, and do what it takes to be their grocery supplier of choice.”
Commissioners are also launching more initiatives to include the following to help increase benefits for eligible customers:
Extend hours of operation and use technology to improve access more conveniently than ever. To date, 56 stores have changed from six-day to seven-day operation, seven stores have changed from five-day to six-day operation, and 43 stores have adjusted their opening hours to better meet customer shopping preferences. their communities.
Work with facilities to pilot bulk deliveries to barracks or other specified locations with expansion plans
Development of online shopping and curbside collection with online payment now available in all stores
Piloting home grocery delivery in eight locations, with agency-wide expansion planned shortly thereafter
“The Commissary System’s commitment to saving military communities money has not wavered in over 30 years,” Moore said. “We remain steadfast in our efforts to improve the quality of life of our eligible customers by enabling them to save at least a quarter of every dollar they spend on groceries compared to ‘outside the door’ groceries. That’s $50 back in your pocket on a $200 grocery bill.”