Ownership/Membership

We’d love to have you as a part owner or member.

Our Mission

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The Valley Food Co-op is a cooperative whose aim is to provide quality, wholesome food, and goods at the lowest practical cost. We offer ownership shares and annual memberships. We strive to make Co-op ownership/membership welcoming and accessible to all residents of our diverse community and the surrounding areas. As such, the Valley Food Co-op accepts a variety of forms of payment, including EBT.

The products that the Valley Food Co-op carries—as well as our business practices—reflect the values and needs of our owners and members with a specific emphasis placed on building community, promoting social and economic well-being, and acting in an environmentally sensitive manner.

Join the Valley Food Co-op

Without part owners and annual members, the Co-op is simply a good idea. Your ownership share or membership is vital to providing funding, leadership, and guidance to reach our target expansion. Without ownership/membership the progress of the Co-op will remain on-hold. We need you and your commitment to help us move forward. When you sign the agreement, you agree to the terms set forth by the Co-op. Please stop in and sign up!

Two Ways to Join

We offer both Ownership Shares and Annual Memberships

Ownership Share:

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Lifetime, part ownership is a one-time fee of $150.00 per household. Benefits include daily discounts on some items around the store and a 10% discount once a month on the day of your choice. Each fully-paid part owner becomes a voting member (one vote per household) with eligibility to vote for members of the Board of Directors and on any other issues that require a vote of the part owners.

You have three payment options to choose from:

Plan A: (Full Ownership Share) $150 payment in full
Plan B: (Partial Ownership Share) $100 initial payment and payment of the remaining $50 within 6 months
Plan C: (Partial Ownership Share) $50 initial payment, $50 semiannually until the $150 membership is paid in full

Annual Membership:

Membership is an annual fee of $25.00. Benefits include daily discounts on some items around the store and a 5% discount once a month on the day of your choice. In one year, you can choose to renew or discontinue your membership.

Newsletters

All Owners/Members will receive an annual newsletter by mail or email and quarterly newsletters will be available in the store.

General Release and Waiver of Liability

Funds governed by this agreement are subject to risk that may result in the loss of part or all such funds. Membership equity investments are subordinate to all other debts of the Co-op.

The Valley Food Co-op Board shall keep a record of all membership investments and shall provide an accounting of such funds to any Member upon written request. Membership equity is not entitled to a dividend and is not transferable.

Ownership Share Termination

If, at any time, you should choose to terminate your ownership share, fees will be returned within a reasonable amount of time upon written request and provided that the Valley Food Co-op has the funds. All refunds are subject to approval by the Board of Directors.