Why Should I Join?


Your Investment Now Will Ensure We Open Soon
New food co-ops get their start from the initial investment of their communities, the people they serve. The goal is to open the store when we reach 1,000 member-owners. Check out our progress on the right-hand side of the page.

Real, local food 
Co-op shopping is healthy shopping for you and your community. The co-op will focus on buying from local farmers and sourcing organic whenever possible. Our buying practices will include researching producers to ensure fair labor and sound agricultural practices.

Convenient Access 
Your investment in the co-op will bring access to good food to the center of east Portland. Montavilla is situated in an excellent location that can serve a variety of neighborhoods in east Portland.

Active Democracy
As an owner of the Co-op, you may vote on big issues brought before the membership, elect your board members, & serve on the board if you choose to. Through co-op ownership, everyone has one share and one vote.

Shared prosperity through cooperation
By becoming a member-owner of the Montavilla Food Co-op, you promote community ownership, strengthen sustainable and just business practices, build on existing local food systems and support investment in building a strong, local economy.

Local Business Incentives
Those who become member-owners can take advantage of local business deals and offers exclusive to Montavilla Food Co-op.

Potential Benefits when the store is open:

Discounts for Bulk Buying *
Owners receive a 10% discount on pre-ordered bulk items at store, and opportunities to purchase with Montavilla Food Buying Club. Member-owners receive newsletter with coupons, and other special offers throughout the year.

Owner Appreciation Days* 
You will enjoy Owner Appreciation Days throughout the year! Owners will receive 10% off their entire purchase!

Patronage dividends *
Our Co-op’s profits are re-invested in your business and/or shared with owners as dividends.

And the best incentive of all…
You can walk into the place like you own it, because you do!