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.
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 the Co-op's annual budget by setting the dollar total to equal 1.0% of projected Co-op sales.
3. Use these annual adjustments to bring the dollar amounts for senior and Co-op Cares discounts closer over the next 3-5 years.
Read the full revised recommendations here.
How to Participate
We staged a series of meetings in January, but it's not too late to share your feedback! Here's how:
Take our survey. Take this brief survey by Monday, Feb. 19.
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.
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
• 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!