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A commissary at the Scotts Run coal mining camp in 1938, near present-day Morgantown, West Virginia

Commissary for sharecroppers, on display at the Louisiana State Cotton Museum in Lake Providence

A commissary is a store for provisions. The United States Defense Commissary Agency operates commissaries that are similar to supermarkets, providing service members with most of the same available in the United States regardless of where they are stationed abroad. Commissaries sell primarily grocery articles; other items can be purchased at a base exchange (BX) or post exchange (PX).[citation needed]


A prison commissary is often present in prisons,[1] There are also commissaries at the United Nations,[citation needed] and on filming locations.[citation needed]

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