Membership

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How to Become a Member-Owner

Membership is open to adults, 18 years of age, or older.

Everyone is eligible for a two-month trial membership, which permits shopping and requires no work commitment.

Once the 60 days are completed you begin your investment, are invited to attend an orientation, and asked to sign up for shift in the store or with one of the committees.

  • $150 Investment ($25 for qualifying low income residents – see Apple Plan)
    and a nonrefundable $25 administrative fee. Payment plans are available (see below).
    This is required for each adult member of your household.
  • Orientation:
    Co-op Member-owners agree to attend an orientation session before working in the Store.
    Orientation sessions are held monthly. See our calendar for the next available session.
  • Work Commitment:
    All Co-op Members-owners commit to work, at least, two and a half hours every four weeks either in the store or with one of our committees.


Investment & Fee

To help cover the costs of running the Co-op, each member-owner pays a $25 non-refundable administrative fee and a $150 membership investment. The administrative fee and membership investment are not tax deductible. You will be able to buy food at significantly lower prices and the savings will quickly compensate for your investment.

Every adult who shares in your household’s food must pay the administrative fee and the membership investment.**

Member-owner investments may be redeemed under the following situations:

  • The member-owner chooses to resign from the Co-op and requests, in writing, the redemption of investment.

  • The Co-op dissolves

The Co-op is incorporated as a not-for-profit membership cooperative under the laws of New York State.

**A member-owner’s investment in the Co-op is just that, an investment. Through this financial investment, members share risk in the success of the Co-op. Member-owner investments help support Co-op operations and development, as well as help the Co-op achieve sustainability. If a member-owner requests a redemption of their investment upon leaving, it may not be immediate. The redemption timing is determined by the Board of Directors, according to the Co-ops fiscal health and other factors (and as such, a member remains a member until his or her redemption is processed). The Co-op currently has a moratorium on membership equity redemptions in place. The moratorium will continue for the foreseeable future until the Co-op improves its financial health. Often members that leave the Co-op choose to donate their investment to the Co-op.

Member Info Sheet


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Member-owner labor keeps overhead low, which in turn helps keep food costs as low as possible. Member-owners can fulfill their work requirement through various responsibilities, from stocking shelves in the store to website maintenance, record-keeping, or being cashiers.

Member-owners can also work with one of our committees, which handle activities done mostly outside the store. Member-owner work shift requirements are currently two and a half hours every four weeks, and may change based on the number of co-op member-owners or other variables.

Those who are members of Park Slope Food Coop may count work at Greene Hill Food Co-op towards the work requirement for both co-ops. Read our FAQs for specifics on this.

If you are unable to work due to disability or other circumstances, please email or call us. We will try to work out a membership plan specific to your needs.
For further information, contact our Membership Relief Council.


Payment Plans

Each adult member of your household must fulfill all membership requirements. This policy is crucial to maintaining sufficient capital for running the Co-op. It also creates a community in which all adults who benefit from the Co-op contribute to its growth.

Please note that for these, and additional legal reasons, you may not shop for a business or restaurant at the Co-op.

The Co-op reserves the right to follow up if the quantity of purchases does not appear to match the number of people in the household over a significant period of time.

We have four membership plans to suit people with different needs. Find the plan that works for you and join online.
If you prefer to join by mail, print our Membership Info page and Paper Application.

Avocado Plan
Pay the investment fee and an additional donation to help us expand even further.
  • $25 Non-refundable administration fee
  • $150 Membership investment
  • $150 Additional contribution (amount may be changed during checkout)
Purchase Avocado Plan
JOIN FOR $325
Lettuce Plan
Pay the total investment fee now.
  • $25 Non-refundable administration fee
  • $150 Membership investment
Purchase Lettuce Plan
JOIN FOR $175
Carrot Plan
Pay the total administration fee now and the membership investment in installments over the next year.
  • $25 Non-refundable administration fee
  • Six $25 Membership investment installment payments over the next year
Purchase Carrot Plan
JOIN FOR $25
Apple Plan
*
For those who qualify, pay a reduced administrative fee now and a reduced membership investment in five installments over the next six months.
  • $5 Non-refundable administration fee
  • Five $5 Membership investment installment payments over the next six months
Join with the
Apple Plan
by submitting a
paper application.*

* To qualify for the Apple Plan you must show proof of current participation in a public assistance program such as those listed here. The Co-op will consider on a case-by-case basis requests for the Apple Plan based on other types of financial hardship. Please call or stop by the store if you have such a hardship. While we accept EBT payments for groceries, we cannot accept EBT to pay the member investment or administrative fee. Please note that the Apple Plan is considered a temporary plan. Each year in January, all Apple Plan members will be contacted regarding their eligibility and if their situation has changed, will be requested to join an alternative plan. Qualifying programs:

  • SNAP/EBT/Food stamps
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Medicaid
  • WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)
  • Family Health Plus / Child Health Plus
  • Section 8 Housing
  • Advantage Program (Fixed Income, Worker or Children’s Advantage) issued by ACS, HRA, or the Department of Homeless Services (DHS)

If you do not qualify for the Apple plan but feel you cannot afford the Carrot plan, we will try to work out a membership plan specific to your needs. To learn more about our Membership Relief Council for handling special requests, click here.


Leave & Cancellation Policies

  • The Co-op allows any Member-owner to take a “personal leave” (8 weeks minimum, without shopping and without needing to work) once per year for any reason. The Co-op also permits adjustments to the work requirement (without loss of shopping privileges) for member-owners who have disabilities or serious health conditions, who are caring for people who have disabilities or serious health conditions, who are coping with the death of a loved one, or who have recently brought a child into their family. Member-owners wishing to make use of these special programs should contact Membership for more information.
  • If you are a current or prospective Member-owner with an unusual, personal circumstance not covered by these policies, please contact the Co‐op’s Membership Relief Council, by emailing Membership, who will make recommendations regarding all requests, which will then be voted upon at a General Meeting. You may join and shop (or remain a Member-owner) temporarily while your request is pending. Requests typically take two months to process. Examples of special circumstances the Membership Relief Council might consider as basis for a temporary or permanent work exemption:
    • Member-owner who has a disability
    • Member-owner who is a caregiver for someone with a disability
    • Member-owner who is seeking temporary exemption from work following the birth or adoption of a child
    • Member-owner who will be traveling away from NYC for several months and seeks a temporary work exemption or “suspension” of membership
  • If you should ever decide to cancel your membership to the Co-op, simply email Membership with your contact info. If you wish for your investment to be redeemed, please contact the Investments team.

Privacy Policy: The information you provide on the application and in other communications about your membership will be kept strictly confidential. From time to time, we will publish lists of our current member-owners’ names; please indicate on the application if you are willing to be included on such lists. After you join you will also receive a confirmation email from the Co-op. All members will be added to our email list. You will receive approximately two emails per month. If you have any questions, please email Membership.