Ready to become a food co-op owner? Find out more information and apply today!

Benefits of Ownership:

  • Monthly Specials/Discounts for Owners
  • Coupon Books Mailed to You
  • Bi-monthly Co-op newsletter with an Owner Extra Coupon
  • Owner Rewards– earned every time you shop, easily redeemable
  • Patronage Dividends distributed to Owners
  • A Vote- You Elect the Board of Directors
  • Invitations to special events
  • Discount on Friendly City Food Co-op Learning classes
  • 10% off on Owner Appreciation Day each quarter
  • You’re eligible to become a member of Park View Federal Credit Union

All food co-ops need community involvement.

At The Friendly City Food Co-op, we depend on our owners as well as our shoppers for financial success and stability. As an owner, you help to bring the focus on better food for your family and create a place where healthy and affordable food is accessible to all.

The benefits far outweigh the cost.

Ownership is a one-time-only cost of just $200 per share, and can also be paid through monthly payments of $25 a month over 8 months. We re-circulate money in our local economy by purchasing from local farmers and producers, supporting locally made products, and creating better quality jobs– when you purchase an ownership share, you support these values.

As an owner, you are also eligible to receive a percentage of co-op store profit at the end of each year. There are many benefits to ownership in the co-op.

When you become an owner, you become part of a greater whole.

Currently, we have over 1,800 member owner households. As an owner, you purchase a share of stock in the cooperative. This gives you governance rights, including the right to vote in Board of Directors elections and the right to run for a seat on the Board. The store is run by a professional staff and overseen by the Board, which determines the goals and values of the co-op.

How do I join?

Virginia cooperative statues limit our ownership to residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia. You can apply online, or print out and fill it in the application (download here) and return it to the store with your payment – either cash, check, debit, or credit card. You can also  apply in the store- just ask at the register!

Are you interested in becoming a food co-op owner? Find out more information and apply today!