Why become a Shareholder?
Although the Brattleboro Food Co-op is open to the public, we strongly rely on shareholder investments to provide the financial foundation needed for our store to grow and thrive.
If you are a shopper who is committed to buying organic and whole foods, committed to supporting local industry and family farms, and believe in cooperative ownership, we encourage you to invest in the longevity of our store. You will reap the benefits of being a Co-op shareholder and use your voting power to direct future business decisions.
- Support local farms, businesses, families, non-profits, and the planet.
- Connect through events, conversations, volunteer opportunities, and more.
- Vote for Board members, run for the Board, attend the Annual meeting.
- Obtain Shareholder-specific pricing, promotions, patronage dividends, and more.
How do I become a Shareholder?
Stop in to Customer Service while the Co-op is open and enroll as a Shareholder. We can be reached at 802-257-0236. Additionally, you can also reach us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Your lifetime investment of $80* promotes the growth and sustainability of our store. Your investment dollars will stay in our community. The entire amount can be paid at the time of joining, or it can be broken up into smaller payments, over as much as two years. You will purchase one share of our business. If the $80 feels like too much, check out our Shareholder Assistance Grant.
* Single Share: Your one-time investment of $80 can be paid over 18 months; Family Shares: Households of two adults and their dependent children under 18 can pay their one-time investment of $160 over 3 ½ years.
Cooperative Principle Number 1: Voluntary and Open Membership
Cooperatives are voluntary organisations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
– Source: International Cooperative Alliance
Shareholder News and Information
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Discount Structure for Shareholders
WORKING SHAREHOLDER – A Shareholder who is under 65 years of age may opt to volunteer for 2 hours per month in the Co-op or in the community to obtain a 5% discount on all purchases at the Co-op. (Read General Manager Report from May, 2020’s Food For Thought Newsletter for more information about Working and Elder Shareholder Discount changes).
ELDER SHAREHOLDER – A Shareholder who is 65 years or older. An Elder Shareholder receives a 5% discount on all purchases at the Co-op with no volunteer commitment. (Read General Manager Report from May, 2020’s Food For Thought Newsletter for more information about Working and Elder Shareholder Discount changes).
FOOD FOR ALL SHAREHOLDER – This Shareholder is one who qualifies for assistance with state, town, or other food programs, or is need of support with the cost of their food. Food For All participants receive a 10% discount with no volunteer commitment.
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