When you join the Butte Food Co-op, you become part owner of a future locally-focused, independent cooperative grocery store in Butte. Your investment helps us build equity for the Co-Op and brings us one step closer to officially taking root here in Butte.
General Membership is $50 and is good for life.
The Butte Food Co-Op also offers discounted memberships for seniors (65 years and older – $40), students (with valid ID – $30), and qualifying populations (those eligible for certain forms of financial assistance – $15), with appropriate documentation.
Member-owners can also purchase preferred stock to help the Co-Op build more equity and help us reach our milestones even faster.
Anyone who signed a pledge (stock subscription agreement) must officially “join” to become a Butte Food Co-Op member-owner by signing and completing a member-owner agreement form and payment (online or by mail).
When you join the Butte Food Co-Op you will become a “member-owner” of a local, independent cooperative grocery store. Co-Op’s are equally owned and operated by its member-owners.
No single person has more stake in the business than the another and everyone has an equal vote (one member = one vote). Member-ownership will allow the Butte Food Co-Op to provide high quality and locally-sourced food to the community, support local and small-scale farmers, ranchers, and suppliers, practice sustainable operations, and give back to the Butte community.
Co-Op’s are owned by their members so an important benefit is owning a piece of your community grocery store! As a member-owner, you also have a voice in the future direction of the store by having a vote in the board of directors (remember that Co-Op’s are based on democratic member control).
While you do not have to be a member-owner to shop at the Butte Food Co-Op, Member-owners will receive special benefits. These benefits are to be determined, but may include weekly or monthly coupons, access to special items, events, and classes, and patronage dividends. These member-benefits will be decided in the later stages of development.