When you own it, you enjoy the following benefits:
- Participate in a cooperatively owned and run business.
- Keep your food dollars local (versus shopping at a chain).
- Vote in Co-op elections.
- Member-only deals, including a patronage refund when profits are sufficient.
- Opportunity to place free classified ads in the newsletter every issue.
- Discounts at local businesses with your Co-op Card.
- Lower food prices.
Read our Expanded Membership Disclosure Document (PDF)
How to join:
Joining the Co-op is easy. Just fill out a brief application at the store. You pay a $5 (non-refundable) membership fee and your first $10 worth of shares. (Each share is $1.) Congratulations! You are now a shareholder and owner of the Co-op.
As a shareholder you are asked to invest in the Co-op each calendar year. Your share dollars provide the Co-op with what every business needs to operate: working capital. You need to invest $20 worth of shares once a year at the end of March (until you own $300 in shares) to keep your membership “active.”
If you are experiencing financial hardship, you can request an exemption from purchasing additional shares. All share money is refundable after you resign from membership.
Non-members are welcome!
Non-members are welcome to shop at the Davis Food Co-op but have no investment, no vote, and receive no patronage refunds. The price you see on packages, or on the shelf, is the same price for members or non-members.
Keep your address current.
Update your address in the Co-op's member files by dropping us a note or emailing Doug Walter , with the subject, “Update my co-op address.” Your inactive membership can be placed back in good standing with a share investment of $20 in the current year - email Doug Walter if you have questions (or think your membership might be withdrawn, which is different from being inactive).
Members suffering financial hardship
Members who are experiencing financial hardship should know about support that's available.
Share extension and exemption
Please consider continuing in good standing as a Co-op Member by applying for an Extension of Deadline, or a Share Exemption. Current members don’t have to give up their good standing when the investment deadline comes. Pay gradually, a few dollars at a time, if you apply for an Extension.
If you are experiencing extreme financial hardship, please apply for an Exemption from this year’s share investment requirement. If the exemption is granted (and they usually can be), we’ll send you a notice in the mail. Please pick up a pink application form in the store, or email Doug Walter , with the subject, “Share Extentsion.”
For members of the Co-op who are
• unable to volunteer due to different abilities
• paying for groceries with Food Stamps or WIC vouchers
• experiencing acute financial hardship
... you may be entitled to purchase goods from us at a 5 percent discount from shelf prices. A community discount applies to your entire Co-op household: everyone using a member card with the same member number (except for the last two digits, which will be serially numbered, starting with 01). These discounts do not have to be renewed annually (in contrast to a share exemption). We may request that you periodically mail us back a postcard or otherwise confirm your status.
Please pick up a lilac application form in the store, or email Doug Walter , with the subject, “Community Discount.”
You can withdraw your membership at any time.
Co-op membership means a little more than cornflakes. We think that it makes sense that processing a membership withdrawal would be a touch more complicated than returning a box of flakes that don't suit you.
We can mail you a form, you can download it or you can mail a short note to
Membership Dept., Davis Food Co-op
620 G Street
Davis, CA 95616-3753
Your note must contain the following:
• your name (and it must be legible)
• a simple statement such as “I wish to withdraw my membership.”
• your signature and the date
• an address to which we can send a check for your share investment.
Refund checks can take as long as eight weeks to process (depending on the time of year). We generally are able to mail them within four weeks, and often are able to accomodate members with special circumstances—please inquire by emailing Doug Walter.
You also have the option of writing the same note but donating your investment dollars to the Davis Co-op Community Fund.
New members (and old-timers!) are encouraged to attend a New Member Orientation, typically held twice each month. Visit our Events Page to find the next scheduled orientation.