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How to Join Honest Weight

It's easy to become an Owner of the

Honest Weight Food Co-op.

Become part of our community and enjoy all that ownership brings. Just attend orientation, fill out an owner application, make your owner payment and you’re in!

Email to sign up for an online orientation

You will need to provide proof of residency in New York State at the time of application. A valid New York State Driver’s License is the most commonly used proof of residency, but if you don’t have one, certain other documents will suffice. We'll walk you through the process after orientation and answer any questions you may have.

To join, you must buy a Certificate of Ownership and become an owner of the Honest Weight Food Co-op. Ownership Certificates cost $100.00, and your purchase is a one-time cost. You may choose to pay the $100 in full the day you join (in which case you’ll never have another payment), or you may select one of the following payment plans:

  • $10 deposit & $8.45/month for 11 months (totals $102.95)
  • $15 deposit & $15.69 every 6 months for 3 years (totals $109.14)
  • $10 deposit & $10.55 every 6 months for 5 years (totals $115.50)

Your 2% discount takes effect immediately, regardless of which payment option you choose. Payments can be made at any time by mail, over the phone or at the Service Desk, and there is no penalty for paying for your ownership cost ahead of schedule. Your owner payment status information is available whenever you check in for your time investment, or simply by calling the store and asking when your next owner payment is due. If you choose to end your Honest Weight membership, you may request a refund for the ownership interest you purchased (an Ownership Certificate after February 2018, or a Share if you purchased before March of 2016.)

As an Owner you are expected to:

  • Make timely ownership payments.
  • Purchase an ownership certificate for each member of your household who is 18 years of age or older.
  • Actively participate in the Co-op’s governance structure (whereby Member-Owners who are up to date on time investment hours may vote at Membership Meetings).

The Board of Directors and You

All Owners are represented by an elected Board of Directors. Directors serve up to three year terms and are elected at a Membership Meeting each April.

Any Member-Owner who is current with owner payments and time investment hours may apply to run for election to the Board or GRC and may vote for Board candidates and all elected positions.


New Owner Orientations

We have seen an increase in the number of people interested in joining our cooperative, likely due to schedule changes related to the Covid-19 pandemic, and we ask that all interested parties exercise patience and a spirit of co-operation for the process.  

For those who wish to join Honest Weight Food Cooperative, orientations are typically held several times each month, and are about three hours long. The Co-op will make a personal appointment for you if you cannot make any of our regularly scheduled orientations, or if you are a person with who would be better served by a private orientation. At this time the Coop is also offering online orientations via scheduled Zoom meetings. No in-person orientation option is available at this time. Email to request the schedule of upcoming Zoom orientations.