OPEN EVERY DAY
Our doors are open to everyone, seven days a week. While anyone can shop here, Members (or Member-Owners) play a vital part in supporting the Co-op and the greater community while enjoying special benefits, discounts, and offers.
As a consumer cooperative, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op exists for the benefit of the people who use it. It is locally owned and democratically controlled. There are also special discounts and privileges extended to members, which can be viewed in the Member Benefits Section.
1. Fill Out A Membership Form
Complete a membership application at Customer Service. When you apply, you must purchase at least one $10 share in the Co-op.
2. Stay Current
To stay current, purchase a share every 90 days. By investing in shares, members contribute to the working capital of the cooperative. At any time, shareholders can request a full refund of their invested shares.
3. Skip a Share?
You can skip the purchase of one or more shares and resume at a later date. You are still a Co-op member with voting rights, but you will not receive additional member benefits. To resume investing and reactivate your discount, just purchase a share.
4. Go Fair Share
After you purchase 20 shares (a $200 investment), you are a fully invested, Fair Share member. Once you reach Fair Share status, you no longer need to buy shares to receive all the benefits of membership.
5. Use Your Member Card
You will be given a permanent Member card with your account number on it. Each time you check out, show your Member card to receive your patronage dividend. If you forget your Member card, save your receipt–show your Member card and receipt within 30 days to receive the discount.
EIGHT BENEFITS TO CO-OP MEMBERSHIP
Member appreciation discounts are offered to all members four times a year. You pick the day, we give you 10% off shopping that day, no matter how many times you visit us! Valid for one day each quarter.
Members over age 65 receive a permanent 2% discount. Senior members current on their shares also receive an additional 2% discount Monday – Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and all day Sunday for a grand total of 4%.
It pays to stock up on the items you use regularly. All shoppers can special order a case of a product and get 5% off the shelf price; Members save 10%. Visit Customer Service to special order.
Attend our Co-op Classes for information and fun! Members always receive a discount of $5 or more off class registration fees.
Choose to have your receipts emailed to you.
With sufficient annual earnings, UNF profits will be returned to owners in proportion to purchases.
Receive a special 10% off coupon when you purchase your 20th and final share.
Vote for the Board of Directors and in other decision-making elections, run for the Board, attend our annual Member Meeting in April.
YOUR MEMBERSHIP ALLOWS US TO:
SUPPORT THE FOOD HUB
The MendoLake Food Hub is mission is to increase the availability of local produce and the viability of local farmers by connecting growers to buyers through an easy to use network. The Co-op orders weekly from local farms via the Food Hub.
We also enter into forward contracts with local farmers, ensuring farmers have a ready buyer for seasonal crops. Find out more about MendoLake Food Hub here.
GIVE BACK TO SCHOOLS
Since 2004 Ukiah Natural Foods has donated a percentage of one week's sales to local schools. In 2018, the Co-op donated $7580 to 30 participating schools. Schools register to participate by filling out a simple form and returning to the Co-op. During the designated week in September, shoppers choose a participating school in which to donate a percentage of their shopping total.
Since the beginning of the program, Ukiah Natural Foods has donated $155,002 to our local schools.
DONATE TO THE NON-GMO PROJECT
Each year, during Non-GMO month in October, the Co-op donates to the Non-GMO Project, whose mission is to preserve and build sources of non-GMO products, as well as educate consumers, and provide verified non-GMO choices.
The Non-GMO Project is also an important verifying entity to ensure products are free of genetically modified ingredients. Find out more about the Non-GMO Project here.
INVEST IN LOCAL FARMERS
New in 2019, Ukiah Natural Foods is proud to announce the Local Farm Loan Program, a low interest loan program designed to aid farmers with capital projects needed to expand their production. 2019's loan recipients are Cinnamon Bear Farm, New Agrarian Collective, and Mendocino Meats.
Central to the Co-op's mission is to provide and promote organically grown, sustainably produced foods that are locally sourced, as well as to promote the health and well being of our community. We are excited to offer this new program.