Becoming a member of Thoughtful Foods is easy. Just pop in to our shop and ask the shop coordinator to sign you up to enjoy all the benefits a membership brings. The membership gives you an immediate 10% discount on all our products in the shop (except those marked as ‘no further discount’), and it allows you to order bread (LINK TO BREAD), fruit and veggie boxes (LINK TO VEGGIE BOXES), and to volunteer to earn additional discounts.

New memberships cost $25. They consist of a $10 refundable share in Thoughtful Foods and a $15 annual membership fee.  For members who join after July 1, the annual membership fee is reduced to $10, and after November 1 this is further reduced to $5.

Memberships are active until the end of January. To keep your membership active you must renew it every year from February by paying the annual membership fee.

Discounts are not applicable to shares or membership fees.

Memberships are processed at the Thoughtful Foods shop and all details must be completed for your membership to be approved. To maintain an accurate membership register, as  required under the Co-operatives Act, Thoughtful Foods requires you to provide a current address. Additionally, to fulfil our legal obligations, Thoughtful Foods requires a current email address. These obligations include providing members with the details of our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and notifying members of their addition to the membership register. Shares may be refunded to active members who wish to leave Thoughtful Foods, as long as they have no outstanding debts to the co-op. To organise a share refund, please see a shop co-ordinator. Shares are non-transferable.

Your rights as a member

  • To attend meetings, including the AGM, and take part in discussions concerning Thoughtful Foods

  • To receive the weekly Thoughtful Foods Bulletin via email

  • To learn about every aspect of running a cooperative/business

  • To attend training sessions and workshops run by Thoughtful Foods

  • To volunteer at Thoughtful Foods

  • To be informed about meetings and social events

  • To place bulk orders, and to order prepaid bread and fruit and vegetable boxes

  • To suggest new products for Thoughtful Foods to consider stocking

  • To receive your Thoughtful Foods membership card when you join or renew your yearly membership

Your responsibilities as a member

  • To pay your annual membership fee in order to keep your membership active

  • To help facilitate the ongoing sharing of skills you learn within the co-op

  • To be considerate of volunteers

  • To ensure the co-op has your current contact details

  • To refrain from grazing while you are doing your shift or shopping and to pay for any spillages

  • To wash your hands before shopping and to use the utensils provided

  • To be constructive when criticising any perceived problems within the co-op, and to be prepared to take a part in resolving the problem

  • To ensure you comply with the conditions of the prepaid bread and fruit and vegetable boxes system

  • To ensure you don’t conduct yourself in a manner prejudicial or detrimental to the interests of the co-op

  • To present your membership card in order to receive any relevant discounts

  • To record any hours worked in the volunteering book in order to receive shop discounts