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July 5, 2013

Commissary shoppers: surviving the Monday closure

Public Affairs Office
NTC and Fort Irwin

As a result of federal employee furloughs, the Fort Irwin Commissary will close on Mondays from July 8 to September 30.

Leadership understands the impact to our shoppers, but surviving the furlough closure of the Commissary once a week is achievable by planning ahead. TIPS will help you get through this requirement.

Talk with your spouse to ensure you have a plan for groceries. Communication between you and your spouse will be essential in determining the best approach for making changes in your shopping routine.

Stay Informed. We will publish up-to-date information at Fort Irwin’s Web site, Facebook, Twitter, and radio.

Plan your activities knowing the Commissary is closed Mondays. If you are planning a big event, getting away for a weekend, or your Soldier is heading to the field, make sure you plan to buy the appropriate items from the Commissary if your return is closely associated with the day the Commissary is closed.

Stock your cabinets appropriately, especially if you have smaller children. Fort Irwin United States Army Garrison Commander Col. Kurt Pinkerton stated that while the closure once a week is a slight inconvenience, it is survivable.

Most Commissary items can be found within the Exchange facilities. You can purchase some fresh fruit, bread, milk, and snacks at the 24-hour Shoppette, and the main Exchange carries all toiletries, baby formula, and diapers, to mention a few items.

To mitigate the effects of the closure, the Commissary, Garrison, the Center Chapel and the Exchange have created an arrangement that could help in an emergency situation.

The Exchange has agreed to accept food certificates from the Center Chapel when the Commissary is closed, during the furlough period. The Chapel operates a food certificate program for emergency situations on a case-by-case basis. Normally, food certificates can be redeemed at the Commissary only. Eligibility for food certificates is determined by the Chapel; to inquire about the food certificate program call 380-3562.

Pinkerton explained that this type of support is intended for Families with children and babies, who might need formula, diapers or other items that are normally obtainable in the Commissary through purchase or by use of WIC entitlements, which cannot be used at the Exchange facilities.

“The good news is the Exchange is not be affected by the furlough,” Pinkerton said. “There will be normal operations throughout the Exchange facilities.”




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