It's Co-op Month and we are highlighting one of the many ways that co-ops are committed to their communities. Did you know that one in four of our Vermont neighbors is struggling with hunger? We believe that everyone should have access to healthy, local, and organic foods and in 2008 we implemented our Co-op Cares program. 

Co-op members-owners, who are currently receiving 3SquaresVT benefitssupplemental security income (SSI), or are participating in the WIC program or have completed a community partner verification letter, may apply for a 10 percent discount on their purchases.

 

How to apply

Submit a completed application and show your proof of eligibility to a staff member at the customer service desk. You may show a current WIC program verification of certification, SSI award letter, notice of decision from 3SquaresVT benefits, or a community partner verification letter. If you need help filling out your application, let us know. You do need to be a Co-op member-owner to apply for the Co-op Cares discount. It is $15 to join, and you may be eligible for a grant to help you with your payment. Applications are available here or at the customer service desk.

Tips on how to shop on a budget

• Sign up to receive our biweekly eNews with all the latest ways to save.
• See all of our sales flyers and biweekly member-owner coupons.
• Save 5 percent when you shop during our Member-Owner Appreciation Day events.
• Look for the purple Co+op Basics tags in the store. These are affordable staples for everyone.
• Receive 20 percent off vitamins and supplements in our wellness department on Vitamin Wednesdays.
• Buy a pinch or a pound in our bulk department and save by purchasing just what you need.
• Check the orange box on the sales tags to compare prices by unit.
• Order in large quantities! Special ordering by the case saves money when shopping for your favorite items.
• Save on deeply discounted items at our Truckload Sales every spring and fall.

 

Check out our neighboring food co-ops who offer needs-based discounts to their member-owners!

• Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro, Vermont

City Market, Burlington, Vermont

Franklin Community Co-op, Shelburne Falls, MA

Greenstar, Ithaca, NY

Hanover Consumer Co-op/Co-op Food Stores, Hannover, NH, Lebanon, NH, and White River Jct., VT

Littleton Food Co-op, Littleton, NH 

• Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Middlebury, Vermont

• Monadnock Food Co-op, Keene, NH

Putney Food Co-op, Putney, VT

River Valley Co-op, Northhampton, MA

• Wild Oats Market, Williamstown, MA