Each member is required to pay member equity. This member equity is your “owner investment” in the co-op and is refundable when you end your membership.
Current member-owners and non-members may be eligible to apply for a subsidy from the Mariposa Membership Fund. The Membership Fund is a pool of funds dedicated to increasing food access in the neighborhood by subsidizing co-op membership to low-income members. For more information, please visit www.mariposa.coop/mmf or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mariposa member accounts can have one or more members listed under a single account name. For 3 or more members who share an account and an address equity is reduced to the following:
- $150 for members who share an account including 3 or 4 members (for an account total of $450–600)
- $125 for members who share an account including 5 or more members (for an account total of $625 or more)
Mariposa membership is an individual-based membership — “one member, one vote.” Members are only able to shop on accounts they are listed on. Mariposa has a Caregiver Shopping Policy that allows non-members to shop on a member’s account in the following circumstances:
- Individuals shopping on behalf of a member who is sick, injured, disabled, or for whom accessing the store is otherwise challenging or impossible.
- Individuals providing childcare (on an ongoing/recurring basis) for a member’s child who wish to make purchases on that member’s account on behalf of the child or the member’s household.
In order to add a Caregiver Shopper to your account, please submit a Caregiver Shopping Request Form (you can also request one at the Member Services Desk in the store).
Mariposa’s Minor Shopping Policy also allows minors under 18 years of age to shop on their parent/guardian’s account. The member must provide the minor’s full name and date of birth to Membership Coordination. Youth ages 14-17 can also become youth members for a reduced equity of $5.
Questions? Please contact Membership Coordination at email@example.com or 215-729-2121 ext. 3.
Mariposa is among the food co-ops whose beginnings included pooling resources together, buying in bulk directly from distributors, and having access to food at a low cost. Mariposa member-owners can still buy in bulk directly from distributors, have access to thousands of products we do not currently stock, and receive a 10% discount off the shelf price in addition to their member discount!
Special order in 3 steps:
1. Tell a staff member at the Member Services Desk the quantity, brand, and item(s) you’d like to order.
2. Our buyers will let you know when your order arrives, the cost, and your order number.
3. Pick up your special order at the Co-op and pay for it with your regular shopping.
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment methods accepted include SNAP/EBT (food stamps), cash, credit/debit cards, co-op gift cards, and personal checks (members only). Checks should be made payable to “Mariposa, Inc.” and you should include your account name in the memo field of the check. According to law, food stamps cannot be used to pay for non-food items.
YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNT
MESS (Mariposa Electronic Storage System) is a Mariposa member’s online portal to their store account and much more!
Members are encouraged to use MESS to:
- Update your contact information
- Sign up for and review information about member workshifts
- Share ideas and ask questions in the member Forum
As a member, you should have received via email log-in information in order to access your MESS account – https://mess.mariposa.coop. Please familiarize yourself with MESS and if you need help, contact the Membership Department at (215) 729-212 ext. 3 or via email at email@example.com.
UPDATING YOUR ACCOUNT
If your contact information changes, please notify a staff member or update it online through MESS. For any other concerns regarding your membership information, your shift options or status, your attendance record, or leave of absences, call the office at 215-729-2121 ext. 3.
LEAVE OF ABSENCE (LOA)
If you will be away from the Co-op for more than a month, you can arrange a leave of absence. Your departure and return dates must be established with staff. Taking a leave of absence is an agreement with the Co-op that you will not be shopping during that time and will not be expected to do work shifts or pay equity until your return. Your leave of absence may last no longer than six months.
DEPARTING THE CO-OP
For accounts that are active, membership does not expire. If you wish to permanently close your co-op account, you must inform a staff member or contact Membership Coordination. You can request your equity to be refunded or donated to the Mariposa Membership Fund. If you do not claim your equity within two years, it will be reinvested into Mariposa Food Co-op.