Back to school savings
Commissaries are offering significant savings on "Back to School" products to help parents prepare their children for the classroom.
"Your commissary is the very best choice to get food products for your children's healthy breakfasts; easy-to-prepare, healthy pack lunches; after-school snacks and other school-related items," said Michelle Frost, the Defense Commissary Agency's chief of promotions and marketing. "And, we have them available at the best prices in town."History of the commissary: American military commissaries sell groceries and household goods to active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and retired service members and their families at an average savings of more than 30 percent when compared to prices at local civilian supermarkets. Commissaries constitute one of the top benefits for today’s military and are an important inducement to recruitment and retention of skilled personnel, while simultaneously holding down taxpayer costs.
The commissary benefit is not a recent innovation. Sales of goods from commissary department storehouses to military personnel began in 1825, when Army officers at specified posts could make purchases for their personal use, paying at-cost prices. By 1841, officers could also purchase items for members of their immediate families.