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Did You Know? Commissary Food Donations

When you operate nearly 240 grocery stores worldwide, across 13 countries and 2 U.S. territories, not every food item is going to be sold by its sell-by date. That’s just the reality, although we strive to forecast customer demand as closely as possible.

The question becomes what to do with those items, and our answer is that commissaries would rather fill food banks than landfills. Did you know that commissaries have donated more than 21 million pounds of edible, but unsellable, products in just the last 5 years?

21+ Million Pounds of Commissary Food Donations!

A Temporary Shutdown Paved The Way

When the 2013 government shutdown happened, we had some important decisions to make.

Commissaries already had limited authority to request food bank approval to donate edible, but unsellable products. As we prepared to close our stateside stores, however, we still needed to request temporary approval from DoD to donate edible food to local food banks.

Taking this important step would keep the food from going to waste, so that’s exactly what we did.

“Instead of edible food being discarded in trash bins, we’re using it to help feed the hungry. I’m proud that we can connect with food banks to make that happen.”

Randy Eller, DeCA Logistics Director

Then, following the shutdown, DoD worked out the details of a formal donation program, which it approved for commissaries. Nonprofit food banks must register with DoD to receive donations, and food inspectors must certify that the items pulled for donation are edible, but unsellable.

Community Response

The response from food banks has been positive and their interest has only continued to grow, ranging from 636,000 pounds of donations to 72 food banks in 2014 to more than 5 million pounds of donations to 193 food banks last year! 

“The donated amount represents less than 1% of our sales, but every bit helps for those who need it,” Eller said.

This initiative is separate from DeCA’s participation in USDA’s annual “Feds Feed Families” campaign, during which commissaries serve as collection points for donations from commissary customers and DoD civilians on their installations, providing even more support to community food banks!

Commissaries with Food Bank Partnerships

Click the first letter of your state or locality on the menu below to see participating stores near you!

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  • Hawaii
    • Hickam AFB
    • Kaneohe Bay MCBH
    • Pearl Harbor
    • Schofield Barracks
  • Idaho
    • Mountain Home AFB
  • Illinois
    • Great Lakes NS
    • Rock Island Arsenal
    • Scott AFB
  • Indiana
    • Crane NSA
    • Harrison Village
  • Kansas: Fort Leavenworth, Fort Riley, McConnell AFB
  • Kentucky: Fort Campbell, Fort Knox
  • Louisiana
    • Barksdale AFB
    • Fort Polk
    • New Orleans NAS JRB
  • Maine
    • Bangor ANGB
  • Maryland:
    • Aberdeen PG, Andrews AFB, Annapolis NSA
    • Forest Glen, Fort Detrick, Fort Meade
    • Patuxent River NAS
  • Massachusetts
    • Hanscom AFB
  • Michigan
    • Selfridge ANGB
  • Mississippi
    • Gulfport NCBC
    • Keesler AFB
    • Columbus AFB
    • Meridian NAS
  • Missouri
    • Fort Leonard Wood
    • Richards Gebaur
    • Whiteman AFB
  • Montana
    • Malmstrom AFB
  • Nebraska
    • Offutt AFB
  • Nevada
    • Fallon NAS
    • Nellis AFB
  • New Hampshire
    • Portsmouth NSY NH/ME
  • New Jersey
    • Lakehurst NAES
    • Picatinny Arsenal
  • New Mexico
    • Cannon AFB
    • Holloman AFB
    • Kirtland AFB
    • White Sands
  • New York
    • Fort Drum, Fort Hamilton
    • Mitchel Field
    • Saratoga Springs
    • West Point
  • North Carolina
    • Camp Lejeune MCB, Cherry Point MCAS
    • Fort Bragg North, Fort Bragg South
    • New River MCAS
    • Seymour Johnson AFB
  • North Dakota
    • Grand Forks AFB
    • Minot AFB
  • Ohio
    • Wright-Patterson AFB
  • Oklahoma
    • Altus AFB
    • Fort Sill
    • Tinker AFB
    • Vance AFB
  • Pennsylvania
    • Carlisle Barracks
    • Pittsburgh Area
    • Tobyhanna
  • Rhode Island
    • Newport NS
  • South Carolina
    • Charleston AFB, Charleston NWS
    • Parris Island MCRD
    • Fort Jackson
    • Shaw AFB
  • South Dakota
    • Ellsworth AFB
  • Tennessee
    • Arnold AFB
    • Memphis NSA
  • Texas
    • Corpus Christi NAS
    • Dyess AFB
    • Fort Bliss, Fort Hood – Clear Creek, Fort Hood – Warrior Way, Fort Sam Houston, Fort Worth NAS
    • Goodfellow AFB
    • Kingsville NAS
    • Lackland, Laughlin AFB
    • Randolph AFB
    • Sheppard AFB
  • Utah
    • Dugway PG
    • Hill AFB
  • Virginia
    • Dahlgren NSF
    • Fort Belvoir, Fort Eustis, Fort Lee, Fort Myer
    • Langley AFB, Little Creek Navphibase
    • Norfolk NAVSTA
    • Oceana NAS
    • Portsmouth NNSY
    • Quantico MCB
  • Washington
    • Bangor NBK, Bremerton NBK
    • Fairchild AFB, Fort Lewis
    • McChord Field
    • Smokey Point
    • Whidbey Island NAS
  • Wisconsin
    • Fort McCoy
  • Wyoming
    • F.E. Warren AFB

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