Are you committed to buying organic, whole foods, supporting local industry and family farms, and believe in cooperative ownership? Then we encourage you to invest in the community through the Co-op!!
You’ll be supporting local farms, businesses, families, non-profit organizations, and even the planet through the sustainable practices of the Co-op. You’ll also be invited to connect with others in the community through Co-op events and classes and shareholder volunteer opportunities made available for social and community engagement.
You’ll have the exclusive right to cast a vote for the Board of Directors members, attend the Annual Shareholders Meeting, vote on bylaw changes, and you may also run for the Board of Directors.
Through volunteer involvement, you may earn a shareholder in-store discount, be offered shareholder offers such as shareholder-specific sales and promotions, and even be eligible to receive patronage dividends based on your spending on years that dividends are awarded.
Your lifetime investment of a single share* at $80 promotes the growth and sustainability of the Co-op. Your investment dollars will stay in the community.
The share cost can be paid in full at the time of joining, or it can be broken up into smaller payments over a few years. The $80 cost is a one-time purchase of a single share. Any one person may only purchase a single share.
If the $80 cost creates a financial burden on your household, you may qualify for a BFC Shareholder Assistance Grant.
The Brattleboro Food Co-op aims to be a welcoming community marketplace. This fund is in place to support those community members who could not otherwise afford to be a Shareholder. It covers $60 of the $80 cost of a Brattleboro Co-op Share.
If you want to become a BFC Shareholder but the $80 cost is preventing you from joining, this grant is for you. Anyone that would like to apply can do so.
Once approved for the fund, you will then join the Co-op, which will cost $20. This may be paid in small increments. As a Shareholder you’ll be eligible for our discount programs, governance rights, and other benefits! You may be eligible for our Food For All program, which means you’ll receive a 10% discount on all your purchases (excluding alcohol).
Shareholders sew bags in exchange for Shareholder Hours that are then sold in store for $3, and Shareholders who withdraw their Share can donate all or part of their $80 equity to this fund.
This is a rolling fund of money so please contact Shareholder Services if for some reason you no longer need support. Upon hearing from you we will reallocate the money back to the fund. This will allow us to offer your portion to someone else that may be in need. This assists us in always having funds accessible to the community.