Commissary Gift Cards offer unique value

| July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Use a Commissary Gift Card at the Schofield Commissary.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Use a Commissary Gift Card at the Schofield Commissary.

Mike Perron,
DeCA public affairs
FORT LEE, Va. – Looking for a gift to please your favorite military service member, but running short on ideas? Have you scoured the Web, searching online offer after online offer, trying to find that special gift with the best bang for your hard-earned buck? Look no further than your local commissary, or online at

Commissary Gift Cards – available to anyone online and in-store for authorized shoppers – are a unique way to give the gift of groceries. And with the commissary’s average savings of 30 percent built in, you know you’re getting maximum value for your gift dollar, whether as an organization or individual gift giver.

Maybe that’s why the gift card program, which entered its fifth year June 29, has proved to be so popular.

“We do about $5 million a year in gift card sales,” said Bob Bunch, the Defense Commissary Agency’s gift card program manager. “When you look at it, the cards have provided more than 560,000 gifts of groceries, worth more than $19 million.”

Also, according to Bunch, a Commissary Gift Card is more likely to be used than other types of gift cards.

“Our redemption rate is really phenomenal,” he said, adding that almost 90 percent of all cards sold have been fully redeemed. “The average redemption rate for a standard gift card is about 75 percent.”

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Here are some Commissary Gift Card quick facts:
• Gift cards are available at all commissaries worldwide – on a rack at full service, front-end registers – as well as through the DeCA website, www.commissaries .com. Click on “Shopping,” then “Gift cards” and then the “Place your order” box.
• Cards are good for five years from the date of purchase.
• Only gift cards purchased online incur a shipping and handling fee. There are no fees when the card is purchased in a store.
• There is no limit to the number of gifts cards that a purchaser can buy. However, DeCA officials recommend organizations and activities consider purchasing their cards online if they plan to purchase more than 50 at a time.
• The cards can be sent anywhere in the United States. However, cards can only be shipped to APO, FPO or DPO addresses outside the U.S.

To check card balances, visit, click on “Shopping,” then “Gift Cards” and then the “Check your balance” box. Visit to learn more about the Defense Commissary Agency: Check out the latest news, find a store near you, see what’s on sale, create a shopping list, learn of food and product recalls, scan employment opportunities, read frequently asked questions, submit a customer comment form online through DeCA’s Your Action Line and more.

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