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Become a Member

The Eat To Live Food Cooperative is a consumer-owned cooperative. When you join the Co-op, you are more than a shopper. You own it!

The Co-op is a democratic organization: every member gets one vote. Unlike for-profit corporations where one share equals one vote and the big money controls, in the Co-op every member has an equal vote.

Website member pageMember benefits include:

  • Fresh, Fairly Priced Food: Healthy, affordable groceries right on the South Side of Syracuse.
  • Ownership Rights: The right to vote on Co-op policies in Membership Meetings, to elect the Board of Directors, and to run for election to the Board.
  • Patronage Refunds: The Co-op operates at cost, not for profit. At the end of the year, any money left after expenses is returned to the members in proportion to the purchases they made at the Co-op. It is like getting a tax refund. You get the rest of your change back at the end of the year for what you paid over costs instead of that money going as profit to outside owners.
  • Neighborhood Economic Empowerment through cooperative community ownership, economic democracy, and support for local farms and businesses in an ecologically and economically sustainable food system.

Membership Requirements

Each member buys a $100 Membership Certificate. This one-time $100 investment entitles you to full membership in the Co-op. Two adults in the same household to be named to a shared membership.

You may make your $100 membership investment when you join. Or you may make a $10 investment per month over ten months, plus a one-time $5 processing fee.

Whichever option you choose, your investment will be redeemed should you decide to leave the Co-op at a later date, provided the Co-op has received replacement capital from new members.

When you join, you will receive a membership card with your own member number. Present your card each time you make a purchase at the Co-op and your purchase will be automatically recorded in your membership account. At the year’s end, if a patronage fund is offered, your refund will be calculated from the total in this account.

You can become a member-owner by signing up on the Eat To Live Food Co-op website and making your investment in the Co-op for your Membership Certificate. You have two payment options:

1. $100 for a Membership Certificate when you join.
2. $15 when you join, which includes a $5 processing fee, and then $10 per month for 9 more months.

Become a Member! Contact us today at or visit us at 2323 South Salina Street.

Eat to Live Food Co-op

2323 South Salina Street

Syracuse, NY 13205

Phone: 315-214-5999


Wednesday – Saturday: 12 PM – 6 PM