Military members forced to find somewhere else to shop for groceries and household supplies since the government shut down on Monday now have an alternative.
Considered one of the 'perks' of military living, the loss of the low-cost alternative to commercial grocery stores can become an additional financial burden. Commissaries in the U.S. offer inexpensive groceries tax-free, because the military is required to sell goods at its commissaries at cost.
In a statement Thursday, Sam's Club confirmed they are waiving membership requirements for military personnel, retirees and their spouses in response to temporary closing of base commissaries.
During the shutdown, when base commissaries are closed, Sam's Club says they are welcoming military personnel, retirees and their spouses to shop their local club without needing a membership card.
"On Wednesday morning, dozens of domestic commissaries located on military bases were closed as a result of the U.S. government shutdown. Military personnel, retirees and their families heavily depend on commissaries for low-price home and business essentials. Sam's Club understands that helping communities meet their needs during uncertain times is the first step to restoring normalcy. In appreciation for the service that the military provides our members and communities, Sam's Club locations near military bases will waive membership requirements for military personnel, retirees, spouses and their families so they may continue saving on everyday goods and groceries."
More details from Sam's Club:
Sam's Club will remain open to military personnel and families until the U.S. government resumes domestic commissary operations.
All U.S. Sam's Club locations are aware of the Military Waiver program and can opt to participate. Military personnel and family who live outside of a military base region should call their local club to learn more about participation.
A military ID or proof of past/present service can be shown at Member Services desks or at checkout to temporarily waive membership requirements.
Club associates are happy to help guests with questions as they enter the club.
To learn more, please call or visit your local Sam's Club.
According to the message, "This includes Active, Guard, Reserve and retired service members. According to Sam's Club officials all military members will be allowed to shop in the members-only warehouse store for free until the government shutdown ends and the commissaries reopen. Simply go to customer service with a valid military ID card, and you will be provided a number to use while shopping."
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