Become a Member-Owner
We are committed to building an inclusive economy that gives everyone the opportunity to live a well-nourished life and removes any obstacles of becoming a member-owner! We offer low to no-cost shares through donations to our Solidarity Share Fund. Everyone receives the same great co-op member-ownership benefits no matter how your share is paid for!
Limited Income Solidarity Share – $25
If you are self-identified limited income your member-ownership is a one-time payment of $25 (previously $75)
BIPOC Solidarity Share – FREE
If you are self-identified Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color, you have the option to choose a $0 member-owner share, regardless of income.
Who owns the Co-op? Member-owners like you!
By becoming a Common Share Food Co-op member-owner you are joining our movement for food justice, an inclusive economy, and a community third space in the Amherst area!
A lifetime member-equity share is a one-time payment of $175! We have payment options for everyone from $0-$175!
OFFLINE OPTION: Prefer to pay by mail? Download the brochure at the bottom of this page, tear off the registration form, and mail a check in the full amount made out to “Common Share Food Co-op.”
If anyone can shop at the Common Share Food Co-op, why become a member instead of a regular customer? Here are some benefits to consider.
- receive certain discounts and can participate in members-only truckload sales
- get annual dividends in profitable years based on a percentage of how much you spend at the Co-op
- run for a seat on the Board of Directors
- participate in all decision-making that goes up for a vote. It’s democratic membership: One person, one vote!
Member-owners can feel proud to know that they are supporting a business that…
- puts people before profit
- centers and prioritizes supporting and strengthening the whole community
- promotes and supports social, racial, economic justice
- pays fair wages and supports fair-trade
- operates with transparency; that cooperates, rather than competes with other co-ops
- engages in socially-responsible business practices
- supports small farmers and producers, which in turn decreases the harmful environmental impact that factory farming imposes on people and the planet