Only members can shop at the cooperative. Members can anticipate that as the cooperative grows and expands, food will become increasingly affordable. The Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn, operating for forty years using this model, saves members 20% to 40% on groceries, $200 to $400 a month for a family of four, as much as $4,800 a year.
Members pay a membership fee; make a small, refundable loan to the coop to help with capital costs; and actively participate in the running of the cooperative through required work shifts. Fees can be paid over time, with members applying their savings from reduced food costs to monies owed. Meetings are open to all members.
We will waive loans and fees in lieu of extra work shifts for those who fall within our low income criteria. Exceptions to the work requirement will be made for people with disabilities.