Olympia Food Cooperative Discount Survey

The Olympia Food Co-op offers the following discounts to our members: Working Members (25%), Senior, Disability, and Low Income (10%). Some Working Members combine a 10% discount with their working member discount to create a 35% total discount which results in some products being sold below wholesale.

Discount usage has been steadily growing, as have our sales. However, discount usage is growing slightly faster than sales, and has for several years. With our aging shopper base and ongoing economic problems, it is highly likely that this trend will continue, possibly affecting our sustainability.

We have formed a task force to facilitate organization-wide reflection and conversation around our discounts, and to develop and propose changes to our discount systems if needed. Any changes will include member voices and the Co-op Board will have final consent.

When this work is completed we will have confirmed the intent of each discount offered, insured that the details of the programs support the stated intent, and assessed the long-term sustainability of each discount program.


The purpose of the Olympia Food Co-op is to contribute to the health and well-being of people by providing wholesome food and other goods and services, accessible to all, through a locally oriented, not-for-profit cooperative organization that relies on consensus decision-making. We strive to make human effects on the earth and its inhabitants positive and renewing, and to encourage economic and social justice. Our goals are to:

  Provide information about food;
  Make good food accessible to more people;
  Support efforts to increase democratic process;
  Support efforts to foster a socially and economically egalitarian society;
  Provide information about collective process and consensus decision-making;
  Support local production;
  See to the long-term health of the business;
  Assist in the development of local community resources.


A discount system that values the work of staff and working members and fulfills the mission-driven mandates of making good food accessible to more people, supporting efforts to foster a socially and economically egalitarian society and seeing to the long term health of the business while treating all members with dignity.

Thank you for filling out our survey. Your voice is important!