Membership

Welcome Sign in the entrance to the Co-op

Welcome to The Olympia Food Co-op, a membership-based collectively-operated food store! First-time shoppers are welcome to shop at membership prices, as well as folks who are members of other food co-ops. 

Our memberships cost very little, as part of our mission statement is to “make good food accessible to more people”. To further this goal, we also offer free memberships to seniors, people with disabilities, and those whose income falls below self-sufficiency.

In addition, you are welcome to participate in our Working Member program, a key element of our vibrant Co-op community. Working members are an active part of daily store operations – such as stocking and cashiering – have a voice in administration, and are involved in variety of other special projects. For more info on this program, visit the Member Services desk in either store to sign up for an introduction tour.

Benefits of Membership

  • members shop at shelf prices (non-members pay 10% above the shelf price)
  • members are eligible to become working members and receive an additional discount
  • members may vote in elections
  • members may run for the Board of Directors
  • members are entitled to receive the Olympia Food Co-op Newsletter

Membership Form PDF

Types of Memberships

If you are under 18 years of age, you do not need to join; you may shop at member prices without being a member

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIPS we do not offer household/family memberships

Regular members

  • pay a one-time $5 membership fee (non-refundable, due the day you join)
  • pay $24 total in dues, either all at once, or at a minimum rate of $6 per year for four years after you join
  • dues are refundable upon request

Senior members (over 62) or member with a disability

  • free membership and no dues
  • if the member is unable to shop in person, another person may be designated to use the membership
  • anyone who qualifies is encouraged to have a Cooperative Access Program membership to receive an additional 10% off of membership prices
  • we welcome suggestions for increasing the accessibility of the Co-op to all – contact us at customerservice@olympiafood.coop

Cooperative Access Program

  • free membership, no dues, 10% discount, renewable one-year membership
  • purchases made with CAP membership must be for use by qualifying individual and their financial dependents
  • CAP membership available to anyone whose income falls below self-sufficiency, as described in any one of the following criteria:
      1. income below self-sufficiency as determined by the WA state calculator found at www.thecalculator.org
      2. underemployed (hours, pay, or income is too low to reasonably cover expenses, and not by choice)
      3. unemployed (not by choice) and without familial support and/or other financial resources
      4. unable to make a reasonable living due to physical or mental challenges
      5. supporting dependents without adequate resources
      6. homeless

BUSINESS/ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS

Trade Business or Non-Profit Community Organization Member

    • a collectively managed business, or an Olympia Food Co-op supplier, or a non-profit organization
    • free membership, no dues, 10% discount
    • any representative of the organization may use the membership to make business-related purchases only

Business Member

    • pay a one-time non-refundable fee of $30. There are no dues
    •  any representative of the business may use the membership to make business-related purchases only

DUES & FEES INFO

  • dues are kept in the Co-op’s capital account, and are refundable to active members wanting to relinquish their membership
  • the one-time $5 membership fee is non-refundable

MEMBERSHIP POLICY

  • the Olympia Food Co-op memberships are for individual use only
  • to receive member prices, members must always present their membership card
  • dependent children may shop at member prices without a card until age 18
  • active members must retain a current address on file, and keep their dues current
  • active members become inactive if they:
    1. fail to pay dues
    2. fail to maintain a current address on file for one year
    3. request inactive status
    4. fail to renew Cooperative Access Program membership

Membership Form PDF