A cooperative is a business that belongs to the people who use it. We are owner-members, but most often we refer to ourselves as members, people who have organized to provide themselves with the goods and services they need. If you are on this page, then we hope you are about to become one too.
Each Bay Ridge Food Co-op member is an equal shareholder with an equal voice in the running of the business. Each member is an adult who has made an equity investment and will work in keeping the business running successfully. Each member understands that by working together toward a common goal, some benefits extend well beyond the co-op.
People who were once unknown to one another, are coming together as a community that cares about the food they buy to eat and feed their families. By making healthy food as affordable as possible, it becomes available to more and more people who might otherwise be unable to eat well.
Each member share is $200 and that can be paid quarterly, or as little as $10 per month.
We do have a reduced equity option for those who are on government-assisted programs. We are asking for a total of $50 equity to be paid over 4 years. You can join with a reduced equity option upon showing proof of eligibility. The documents accepted as proof of eligibility include Food Stamps, SSI, Medicaid, WIC, Family Health Plus, Section 8 Housing Subsidy, and the Advantage Program.
We have a simple member agreement that spells out the terms of membership and many ways for you to make your investment. If you would like to use a check, then please print out this form, and mail it in to the address indicated - Member Agreement.
If you prefer to use a debit card or credit card, we have this option available through PayPal, please click here to read the Member Agreement online, and proceed. If you are looking for the reduced equity option, we can only take your payment by check at this time.