Become a Shareholder

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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Contact Shareholder Services

By Telephone: 802-246-2821

By Email:
or send us a note using our Contact Form!

How do I become a Shareholder?

Get in touch with the Shareholder Services department, either in person at the Shareholder Services desk between 10am-6pm every day, by phone by calling 802-246-2821 (make sure to leave a voicemail!), or via email at As of July 2020, we’re working on getting online Shareholder enrollment up and running to make this convenient option available during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re not quite there yet, but you don’t have to be face to face to become an owner. Just get in touch!

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.


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.