New Draft Recommendations

A new set of draft recommendations is ready for your feedback:

1. Expand the pool of people who qualify for Co-op Cares by including additional low-income assistance programs in our criteria. 

2. Tie all member discounts to an annual budget cap of 1.0% of Co-op sales. This amount (and the discount for each category) would be set once each year during the budgeting process and remain in effect throughout the year. 

3. Use these annual adjustments to bring the dollar amounts for senior and Co-op Cares discounts closer over the next 3-5 years.

Our co-op is always balancing its limited resources with the goals of providing healthy food at affordable prices, being a good employer, paying fair prices to our farmers and food producers, and meeting the diverse needs of this membership and community. Over the past year, our Co-op Conversations have focused on Member-Owner discounts which have been growing at rapid rates over the past few years. Based on the feedback gathered in meetings, interviews, and surveys, a committee of Members, Council members and staff has developed a revised set of recommendations and is again seeking feedback from members and staff. Read the revised recommendations here.

How to Participate

Attend a meeting. Save the date! Contact us at here or (802) 262-3202 to attend one or more of the following.

Small Group Discussion, Friday, Jan. 19, noon-1:00 pm, Co-op's Community Room 
Community Forum, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 5:30-7:00 pm, Montpelier Senior Activity Center
Small Group Discussion, Thursday, Jan. 25, 5:00-6:00 pm, Co-op's Community Room

View the January 2018 Co-op Conversations meeting agenda here.

Sign up to be interviewed. Contact us here if you would like to be interviewed by a committee member or employee by phone.

Send your feedback. Email us here or drop comments in the suggestion box near the co-op’s exit. Call our General Manager, Kari Bradley, directly at (802) 262-3219.

Next Steps

Once we complete the last round of conversations, our Discount Steering Committee* will finalize its recommendations and present those to the Co-op’s management team which will make its final decision sometime in the spring.

*Committee: Members-Owners - Catherine Lowther, Rita Ricketson, Alex Brown, & Geraldine Vatan; Council Member - Mark Simakaski; Employees - Stephani Kononan, Kari Bradley; Consultant - Michael Levine, Flywheel Communications

Additional Resources 

Summary report for round 2
Summary report for round 1

Hunger Mountain Co-op is a community-owned natural food cooperative. It's the investment and support from our member-owners that makes our Co-op successful. Thank you again for your feedback!