FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A CO-OP?
As defined by the International Co-Op Alliance, cooperatives are:
“enterprises owned and run by and for their members. (They) bring people together in a democratic and equal way with a ‘one member, one vote’ rule. The economic and social benefits of their activity stay in the communities where they are established.”
Do I have to be a member to shop at the co-op?
No, KCFC is open to everyone.
What is a member-owner?
You’re more than a just a member. When you make your first equity payment, you are literally buying a share of KCFC. To join, pay as little as $25 every 6 months, up to $300. Once you hit $300, you’re a lifetime owner of the Co-op.
Is $25 not feasible with your financial situation? KCFC is proud to offer a Flexible Membership Program for our lower-income friends.
How do I sign up?
Stop by the store and fill out a short application.
What are the benefits to being a member-owner?
Become a member today and save!
- Enjoy member-only deals and discounts throughout the store.
- Get 5% OFF EVERY TIME YOU SHOP!
- Buy more and save! Members get 5% off on all full case pre-orders.
- Get Involved! Serve on a committee or run for the Board.
- Receive exclusive discounts from our Shop Local Program.
- Support a business that supports your values.
Is there a requirement that member-owners work in the store?
Although there are benefits to ‘a hands on membership’, there is no work requirement to be a member/owner at KCFC.
Who runs KCFC?
KCFC is member-owned and operated through member-owners’ election of a board of directors. The Board sets the direction for the general manager to successfully achieve the goals of the Co-op. The GM then implements and/or oversees the day-to-day activities of KCFC in areas such as purchasing, operations, marketing, and hiring. Over the past several years, dozens of volunteers have spent thousands of hours preparing to open the Co-op by serving on KCFC committees, on the KCFC Board of Directors, and assisting with special projects and events.
What does KCFC offer?
Check us out! Walk in to KCFC and you have 2 choices. To your left is our Café/Bar. Enjoy a beer on tap at the bar or grab a 6 pack of bottles to go. Don’t drink alcohol? No problem. Meet your friends for a morning latte or on draft local kombucha.
To your right is the grocery side of things. We offer fresh local produce, high-quality meat, and a large bulk dry goods department, along with so much more!
Can my group meet in the café?
Because of our liquor license, we must enforce some rules in our KCFC Café/Bar.
You must be over the age of 21 or with someone over the age of 21 to enjoy our seating area. If you are under the age of 21 you are not permitted in the space without supervision. If you are over the age of 21, but with people who are under 21, you are not permitted to drink alcoholic beverages, but you may sit in the seating area. If you are over the age of 25 and with people under the age of 21, you may consume alcohol, if the number of people with you is 5 or less. (We know, it sucks).
What will KCFC do to help and be part of the community?
Along with providing access to healthy food, KCFC is committed to hiring locally and being a neighborhood job creator.
How can I stay up to date with KCFC?
We deliver email communications on a regular basis. In addition, follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages to stay up to date and check our website for our latest events and programs. Members and non-members are welcome to attend the Membership Meetings that occur twice annually.