Update: As of today 39 of the 40 stores have received their carts (Pearl Harbor is still waiting to receive their’s).

Military parents with special needs children will be glad to know that some commissaries are helping to make the task of shopping with a special needs child a little easier with special grocery shopping carts.

Image Credit: DECA Flickr

The carts are designed by “Caroline’s Carts” and allow the following:

It enables special-needs children – or even adults under 250 pounds – to safely and easily accompany parents or
caretakers on commissary shopping trips. The cart provides the option of using one basket instead of pushing both a wheelchair or stroller and a grocery cart when shopping.

Slightly larger than a traditional shopping cart, the special-needs carts have handles that swing away to allow easy access to the seat, and a platform below the seat serves as a footrest. With the occupant facing the cart operator, the seat contains a five-point adjustable harness for support. The cart’s two 8-inch wheels and four casters provide maneuverability and stability, and brakes help ensure safety while loading or unloading the passenger.

As of right now these carts are only available in 40 commissaries to gauge how will they do after which a determination will be made whether or not to place them in other stores.

Image Credit: DECA Flickr
Image Credit: DECA Flickr

The list of stores they will be available at are below:

Alabama: Redstone Arsenal

California: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Naval Air Station Lemoore,
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Naval Base San Diego, Vandenberg Air
Force Base

Colorado: Peterson Air Force Base

D.C.: Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Florida: Naval Station Mayport, Patrick Air Force Base

Georgia: Fort Benning, Fort Gordon

Hawaii: Pearl Harbor Commissary at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

Illinois: Naval Station Great Lakes

Kansas: Fort Leavenworth, McConnell Air Force Base

Kentucky: Fort Knox

Maryland: Fort Meade

Missouri: Richards-Gebaur

Montana: Malmstrom Air Force Base

Nevada: Nellis Air Force Base

New Hampshire: Naval Shipyard Portsmouth

New Mexico: Cannon Air Force Base

New York: Fort Hamilton

North Carolina: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station
Cherry Point, Fort Bragg South

Ohio: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Oklahoma: Tinker Air Force Base

South Carolina: Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

Tennessee: Naval Support Activity Memphis

Texas: Fort Bliss, Fort Hood – Clear Creek

Virginia: Fort Belvoir, Joint Base Langley-Eustis (both commissaries),
Naval Air Station Oceana, Marine Corps Base Quantico

Washington: Fairchild Air Force Base, McChord Commissary at Joint Base

Check with the commissaries above to see when they will be available.



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Krystel is the mom of two and an Army Wife. In addition to Army Wife 101 she is the Co-Founder of SoFluential.com a digital media agency that connects brands with the military market. She has appeared on MSNBC ,FOX LA and formerly was a weekly contributor to HLN's "Raising America". She has written for various outlets including Sheknows and Lifetime and is a big fan of cupcakes and french fries.

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