Posted on Dec-31-17 at 01:14 AM (Eastern) by 220.127.116.11
How Your Expired Coupons Can Help Military Families - instead of throwing them away:
Most people don’t know this but overseas military members can use expired coupons for up to six months past expiration!
Please don’t get intimidated as this is a very detailed explanation about how to do it and it is actually very easy to send your expired coupons out.
I just want to make sure I covered everything about this great program!
I’ve received some emails from readers requesting some more information on it so I’ve done some research and here is some more info about it:
Military families who are stationed overseas buy their groceries from the commissary on base.
Fortunately, those commissaries will accept manufacturer’s coupons up to six months after the printed expiration date.
If you want to send your old coupons to help these military families, there’s a great organization called Overseas Coupon Program (OCP) http://www.ocpnet.org/ that maintains a list of U.S. military bases abroad that need coupons.
Get an overview of the program here.
Once you get familiar with the OCP site, you can select a military base for ‘adoption,’ which means you and/or your group will send them your expired coupons on a regular basis.
Click here a quick select list of some U.S. military bases abroad >>> http://www.ocpnet.org/Donation%20Form/AdoptionForm1.htm
that are waiting to be adopted. There are many more, so be sure to click-through to the OCP site for the complete list.
Adopting makes it easier so you can send to the same base you adopted every time. They like to do it this way because they divvy up the coupons sent to each base so this way every base is getting coupons. Once you have your base adopted, you will be able to send your coupons there every month making it easier.
UPDATE – We have a new address for the expired coupons:
Army Community Services
U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza
CMR 427 Box 80
APO Ae 09630
•Make sure and send only Manufacturer Coupons, not store specific or internet printed coupons.
•Make sure the coupons you are sending are not more than 30-60 days past the expiration (closer to 30 if possible especially if you will be sending them parcel post).
•You will need to clip the coupons and separate them into 2 different categories: Food and Non-Food items.
Label your Baggies
Use a baggie to separate the coupons and label them food and non food. Avoid using rubber bands or paper clips.
Dog & cat food would be “Non-Food” because these cannot be consumed by humans. Something like Vitamins would be considered non-food as well because you would not eat these. Items like candy, mints, gum, etc would be considered food. Just ask yourself, would you eat these?
The cheapest way to ship your coupons is just through Parcel Post but if you are going to send them this way please make sure and send them within a month after they expire since it does take longer to get there. Shipping will cost the same as it does to send it to your neighbor since the bases are U.S. Territory.
How to mail them:
•Choose your way of shipping (parcel post is the cheapest) but there are priority FLAT RATE boxes so keep that in mind.
•Put the base address and your return address on the form.
•Fill out customs form 2976-A. This is easier than it sounds but you can just ask the post office worker what form this is and they will hand it to you.