Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Need, Making Healthy Food More Affordable
The Oshkosh Food Co-op offers a Food for All program to help ensure all shoppers have access to healthy food options.
What is the Food for All program?
Through the Food for All discount program, enrolled individuals and families receive a 10% discount on most products* every time they shop at the Oshkosh Food Co-op.
Why is the Oshkosh Food Co-op offering the Food for All program?
In May 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported at-home food prices have risen 10.8% in the last year. Other costs are also on the rise. The Oshkosh Food Co-op wants to help ensure shoppers don’t need to choose between healthy food options and filling their gas tanks or paying their bills. Research studies find individuals who cannot afford healthy food often face increased risk of chronic disease, including diabetes and heart disease. The Oshkosh Food Co-op’s vision is to strengthen the local economy, promote health and build community. This program helps achieve the vision by offering participants the opportunity to purchase fresh, healthy, local options – with support from member-owners and community organizations.
What products qualify for the discount?
The 10% discount is good on most products* at the Oshkosh Food Co-op.
*Co-op Basics (the Co-op’s everyday low-price items), sale items, dairy milk and alcoholic beverages are excluded from the program – due to legal and other restrictions. Additional restrictions may apply. See store for complete details.
Who qualifies for the Food for All discount program in 2022?
To enroll in the Food for All program, shoppers may have an annual income up to 200% of the federal poverty line.
Family Size Maximum Monthly Income
200% of Federal Poverty Levels for 2022
Household of 1 - $2,265.00
Household of 2 - $3,051.66
Household of 3 - $3,838.34
Household of 4 - $4,625.00
Household of 5 - $5,411.66
Household of 6 - $6,198.34
Household of 7 - $6,985.00
Household of 8 - $7,771.66
Household of 9 - $8,558.34
Household of 10 - $9,345.00
Each additional person in household - Add $786.66
How does someone enroll in the Food for All program?
To enroll in the Food for All program:
- Visit the Oshkosh Food Co-op at 155 Jackson Street, Oshkosh.
- Complete the Food for All enrollment form in-store or return the form via mail.
- The program costs $10 to enroll. (Note: The first 100 participants to enroll in Food for All will receive a $10 voucher to offset the program participation fee. Vouchers have been donated by members of the Board of Directors, in memory of former Treasurer Peter Westort.)
- With this fee, participants have the option of becoming a member-owner of the store when they sign up.
- A participant who chooses to become a member-owner will have the full rights and privileges afforded to all member-owners, including the right to vote in elections and to seek election to the Board of Directors.
- The balance of a participant’s membership fee will be paid through retained patronage dividends, as they become available.
Once a participant is enrolled, they simply need to provide their Food for All Membership number at the register to receive the discount. (All shoppers are asked for a membership number at checkout. Food for All participants are treated equitably in this manner.) The discount is available every time a participant shops at the Co-op.
How does a participant get the Food for All discount?
When a Food for All participant shops, they’ll be asked for their member number at the register. (All member-owners who shop are asked for a member-number at the register, so Food for All participants will not be singled out.) Once that member-number is applied, the discount will be applied to all qualifying purchases.
How long does Food for All enrollment last?
Participants will be asked to renew their participation once a year by completing an enrollment form to verify they continue to qualify for the program. The $10 program fee to participate is a one-time fee. (Note: The first 100 participants to enroll in Food for All will receive a $10 voucher to offset the program participation fee. Vouchers have been donated by members of the Board of Directors, in memory of former Treasurer Peter Westort.)
How many times can a participant use the Food for All discount?
Once you are enrolled in the program, a participant can use the Food for All discount every time they shop.
Who pays for the Food for All program?
The Food for All program is funded in two ways:
- Oshkosh Food Co-op shoppers are invited to Round up at the Register to support the program. In the first ten months of operation, Oshkosh Food Co-op shoppers have contributed nearly $10,000 to Food for All by rounding up their purchases to the nearest dollar.
- Additional Food for All funding is provided by the A Cut Above Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, Menasha Corporation Foundation, Oshkosh Area United Way, Oshkosh Rotary Club Foundation and Southwest Rotary Club of Oshkosh Foundation.
If you wish to support the Food for All program, you can contribute to the Food for All Fund at the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, by visiting https://www.oshkoshareacf.org/fund/oshkosh-food-co-op-food-for-all-fund/
Can participants enroll in the Food for All program if they currently receive other food assistance benefits?
Yes. The Food for All program may be used in conjunction with other food assistance benefits and/or coupons from manufacturers.