To become a member of the Brighton Food Coop, contact the BFC Secretary. (Go to the Board of Directors page for contact information.) The Secretary can provide you with membership materials and information about placing your first order.
If the Secretary seems to be unavailable, send an e-mail message to email@example.com with your phone number and the best time to reach you, and one of the board members will contact you with further information. Normally you will be invited to the next distribution, where you can see the co-op in operation, talk with some of the members, and decide whether you want to join.
If you're pretty sure you want to join the Brighton Food Coop, print out an Application Form, fill in the information requested, and bring the form with you to the next distribution. (If you do join then, you will be able to shop our Extras Table.)
The following information about membership is extracted and summarized from the Policy Handbook. Consult that page for more detailed information and specific membership requirements.
- A one-time initial charge of $25 is assessed upon joining.
- Membership dues are $20 per year.
- Each member (family) has one vote at membership meetings, and a simple majority vote of those members present is necessary for passing decisions.
- BFC places and distributes orders about once a month. Members are encouraged to order at least once every 3 months because the coop receives volume discounts from some suppliers.
- A 3% surcharge for BFC operating expenses is applied to each order. This percentage may be adjusted from time to time according to the co-op's financial situation.
- Our main supplier, UNFI, typically delivers to each distribution at around 10AM; so coop workers are expected to check in between 9:30 and 10:30AM. They can expect to check out in close to the same order they checked in.
- At present, each member should expect to work about 3-5 hours when ordering. Actual work time will vary with the size of the order and the complexity of the distribution. For small orders with few complications, the entire distribution may last only 3 hours. But for large or especially complex orders, distribution may last longer than 5 hours, and then members may have to work longer to finish. The BFC Board constantly looks for process improvement opportunities, and every effort is made to minimize the length of the distribution; but sometimes longer distributions simply can't be avoided. As a cooperative organization, we have to depend on each other to complete what needs to be done. Patience and persistence are much appreciated.
Last Updated: 8-July-2015 11:00 AM
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