|Benefits of Becoming an Owner|
According to our 2008 Owner Survey, when considering the Co-op's seven goals, 82.5% of owners responded that the following goal is the most important to them: "to honor the earth and cultivate the Co-op's relationships with the communities we serve and with the broader network of farmers, suppliers, manufacturers and cooperatives."
Anyone can shop here, but why miss out on the owner benefits?Co-ops are a place where everyone is welcome. While you don't have to be an owner to shop, it's easy and fun to join. Best of all, you'll feel good sharing in the bounty of a business that will be locally owned forever, a business with integrity that supports the local community and at the same time builds connections with our local growers. Below are some of the many benefits of being an owner of Sacramento Natural Foods.
Owner Appreciation DiscountAll Co-op owners (current on their fair share payment plans) receive a 10% Owner Appreciation Month discount twice a year. The Co-op will designate two months per year (one in the spring and one in the fall) as Owner Appreciation Months. Each owner can choose the day during those months when they wish to enjoy this discount. The discount applies to the total of the owner's purchases made that day. The Owner Appreciation Discount cannot be combined with either the Seasonal Owner Bonus or the Senior Appreciation discounts. This benefit is subject to change based on the Co-op's financial performance.
15% case discount on items purchased in case quantities
Discounts on Learning Center Classes
Monthly Category SpecialsEach month we choose a category of products that will be discounted to owners. All current owners will receive the discount on products of the selected category whenever they shop that month and they present their owner card. Owners don't have to ask for this discount. If they are current on their share payments and they present their card, they will automatically receive this discount. Each month's category special will be publicized in the store and in the Co-op's newsletter, the Co-op Reporter. This benefit is subject to change based on the Co-op's financial performance.
Seasonal BonusOnce every season, each owner is able to ask for a 10% discount on the first $100 worth of purchases made on the day that he or she chooses. Once used, the discount is unavailable until the next season. Your cashier will be able to tell you if your discount has been used that season. The Seasonal Owner Bonus cannot be combined with either the Owner Appreciation Month or the Senior Appreciation discounts. This benefit is subject to change based on the Co-op's financial performance.
Note: This discount is credited to the owner's share account until an owner reaches the $300 fair share investment. At that point, he or she will then begin to receive the Seasonal Owner Bonus in cash.
Owners could save at least $70 per year just from using their Owner Appreciation Discount and Seasonal Owner Bonus.
*Owner Appreciation Discount - $150 purchase = $15 discount savings (twice per year)
*Seasonal Owner Bonus - $100 purchase = $10 maximum discount savings (quarterly: 4 times per year)
Total = Potential $70 or more each year in savings
Patronage RefundIn profitable years, profits are returned to Co-op owners in direct proportion to their purchases. Your patronage refund will be calculated on the gross value of your purchases, that is, the amount you are charged before any discounts are applied.
Household Shopper PrivilegeFor a $5 card fee, you can add a household shopper to your owner account. The household shopper receives the same shopping benefits as owners and can assist in the optional owner work program.
It Pays To Be A Co-op OwnerWhen the Co-op's most recent fiscal year ended on September 30, 2012 current Sacramento Natural Foods Cooperative owners had earned $385,552 in discounts on the $1,750,465 that they had invested in their refundable Co-op Fair Share accounts. Here's how the discounts were earned:
In addition, together owners received a $150,000 patronage refund – a return of a portion of the Co-op’s profits based one each owner’s purchases. The average refund was $20.42. Combining the patronage refund with their discounts, owners each earned an average of $72.22 last year – a 30.59 % return on their financial investment in the Co-op.
Optional Owner Worker ProgramYou must be a Co-op owner or a household shopper to participate in the Owner Worker Program and must complete the Owner Worker Orientation before performing work. For more information, register for an Owner Worker Orientation at our Customer Service Desk or on our website.
The next Owner Worker Orientation will be on Wednesday, January 8 from 6– 9 pm at the Co-op Community Learning Center & Cooking School (1914 Alhambra Blvd.). Registration for the next Owner Worker Orientation will begin on December 6.
The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op recognizes the value of having its owners participate in store and Co-op operations. Owners have the opportunity to be involved while also earning discounts by taking part in the Co-op’s Owner Worker Program. By working 6 hours in a month, owners will earn a 10% discount on all purchases during the following month. The program is flexible – work can be done every month or just once in awhile. Work can be done in one of our in-store departments and on our Outreach team .
Shoppers at the Co-op are entitled to excellent service and a warm and friendly store environment. To ensure that the Owner Worker Program supports that expectation, we have developed the program guidelines outlined below that all owner workers are responsible for following.
General Guidelines for In-Store Work
Expectations of In-Store Owner Workers
Procedures for In-Store Owner Workers
Failure to comply with these guidelines and
In addition to in-store work, there are some limited opportunities to work with our Outreach team. Again, you must be a Co-op owner or household shopper to participate on these teams and you must complete the Owner Worker Orientation before doing so.
How Do I Sign Up for the Outreach Team?The Outreach Team performs the following duties: participate in a variety of Co-op and community events, set-up, give out information and samples, clean-up, provide learning experiences for youth and adults and sign up new owners. To work with the Outreach Team you should enjoy working with people, be outgoing and friendly, have knowledge of Co-op values, mission and goals, own and operate a vehicle, able to lift up to 40 lbs., available on weekends and evenings and work under various weather conditions. For more information, contact the Community Relations Coordinator at 736-6800 ext. 147.
Thank you for participating in the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op’s Owner Worker Program. We look forward to working with you.
Visit our Contact Us section for Owner related forms.