Defense Commissary Agency
1300 E Avenue, Fort Lee, VA 23801-1800
Tel: (804) 734-8000, Ext. 8-6105 DSN: 687-8000, Ext. 8-6105
FAX: (804) 734-8248 DSN: 687-8248
Release Number: 51-18
Date: July 19, 2018
Media Contact: Kevin L. Robinson, public affairs specialist
Tel.: (804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
Save big for next picnic
Think about the commissary for the items on your outdoor menu
By Kathy Milley,
DeCA Corporate Communications
FORT LEE, Va. – Summer is here and spending time outdoors is high on the priority list. Enter the fresh-air, toes-in-the-grass, trees-in-the-breeze picnic. Mother Nature has provided the perfect atmosphere; your commissary can help you pack the perfect picnic.
“Packing that picnic basket full of delicious, creative foods found on the aisles of your commissary can be so stress-free that you can enjoy a picnic anytime,” said Tracie Russ, the Defense Commissary Agency’s director of sales. “You can put together a nutritious and tasty outdoor spread with almost no effort at all.”
Picnic foods should be quick, easy to prepare, pack and eat. Here are a few ideas straight from the aisles of your commissary:
- Breads, croissant, or pita
- Ready-made salads- pasta, potato, veggie, coleslaw
- Chicken or tuna salad for lettuce wraps
- Assorted cheeses – try a new variety or pick up a spreadable cheese for crackers or bread
- Order a party platter
- Cookies, brownies, doughnuts or muffins
- Large Italian bread and assorted deli meats and cheeses to make a shareable sandwich
- Flavored yogurt for fruit dips
- Flavored cream cheese for veggie dips
- Hummus and pretzels
- Boiled eggs
- Sliced apples with caramel dip
- Veggies & dip
- Melon or fruit tray
- Fruit kebabs with dip
- Whole fruit like apples, grapes, strawberries or clementines
- Pre-made hamburger patties and hot dogs for the grill
- Rotisserie chicken
- Shrimp with cocktail sauce
- Chips or popcorn
- Paper products and utensils
- Resealable bags and food storage containers
- Bottled water
- Water flavor enhancers
- Packaged juice drinks or tea
- Fruit snacks or trail mix
- Waffle cones to fill with fruit
- Peanut butter and tortillas for PB and banana roll ups
- Vienna sausage
- Pickles, olives or peppers
- S’mores fixings
- First aid items
- Insect repellant
- Citronella candles and lighter
- Bag of ice
- Frozen fruit – doubles as an ice pack for your cooler
- Chicken fingers
- Prepared whip cream for dipping fruit
- Thaw & serve pie
Patrons can save even more on some of these items under the commissary brand categories, where there are reduced prices on trash bags of various sizes, disposable bowls, foam and plastic plates, paper towels, bottled waters, shelf stable juices, water enhancers and powdered soft drinks, canned vegetables and shredded cheeses.
“The perfect picnic, whether you decide to get everything ready-made, put it together yourself or a combination of the two, is as close as your local commissary,” Russ said. “Then find a beautiful spot, spread out your blanket enjoy a stress-free afternoon.”
About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit, saving authorized patrons thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to similar products at commercial retailers. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.
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