FAQ's

Below are some questions we here often.  Do you have a question you don't see answered below?  Ask away!

Why should I join now?

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Because the sooner you join, the sooner Oshkosh Food Co-op will open: as a cooperatively owned business, we need YOU to be able to open the doors. Become a founding member and when the store opens, you will know that you were truly one of the ones who made it possible. The sale of founding shares in the co-op will help us build the community support and raise the financial backing necessary to open the store. The names of all founding member-owners will also be prominently displayed in the store to remind us that we are, collectively, the owners of our own food source!

Who benefits from the co-op?

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A co-op exists primarily for the benefit of its members. Many co-ops also support other parts of the community through various programs and philanthropic activities as part of their commitment to cooperative values and principles.

A Food Co-op also benefits local farmers and producers who can sell their products at our store.  

How much is the membership fee?

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A full membership share is $180. This is a one-time fee that covers your whole household. There are a variety of payment options available starting at $11. Click here to get more information.

Will only members be able to shop at the store?

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The store will be open to the public and anyone will be able to shop there.

Where will the store be located?

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The grocery store will be located in Central Oshkosh, a USDA designated food desert.  In addition to providing grocery options for people living in that area, our goal is to add a vibrant and busy store to the revitalized central city.  

Currently, our site selection committee is narrowing down locations to present to our Board of Directors.  They have been given a list of criteria to follow that includes square footage preferences, proximity to public transit, visibility, parking, and green space, to name a few.

Due to the competitive nature of the market, we have learned that keeping this information private is an important way to ensure our location search is a success.  For the latest progress, become a member to ensure you're up to date with the latest site selection news!

When will the store open?

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The short answer is, when you buy a share! Because the capital to open a cooperatively-owned grocery comes from individuals across the community instead of a single private investor or corporation, we rely on member investments (YOU!) to provide the necessary funds to open our store–it is our member-owner equity that will leverage further financing to open the doors. We have a current goal of 1,200 member shares sold, so the best way to accelerate the opening process is to become a member!

Is my membership tax deductible?

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The Oshkosh Food Co-op is a not-for-profit entity.  Your membership is not tax deductible.  

I have another question you didn’t answer here. Who can I talk to?

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We would love to hear from you! Contact the Oshkosh Food Co-op at oshkoshfoodcoop@gmail.com


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