What is a Co-op?
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The Isla Vista Food Co-op is Santa Barbara County's only community-owned grocery store. The Co-op was founded over 40 years ago by students and Isla Vistans who wanted to ensure that the community would always have neighborhood access to high quality and affordable food, and that our local farmers and producers would have a dedicated store to sell to. The Co-op is open to the public and participates in many campus and community events to help share resources to make grocery shopping fun and affordable, and most importantly, to keep investing back into Isla Vista so that everyone can benefit from having a grocery store that everyone owns together. We've accepted Cal-Fresh (food stamps) since the day our doors opened in 1972.
When are owner benefits changing?We our rolling out our new owner benefits program—We Own It Rewards—on Saturday, September 21, 2019.
Why are we changing our owner benefits?The Isla Vista Food Co-op exists to serve our community. Giving back and supporting our neighbors is one of our top priorities. Last year, we saved our customers over $20,000 through coupons, discounts, and sales—but we want to give even more back! Under our new We Own It Rewards program, the average owner will save 50% more per year than they did under our old program.
Which benefits are being replaced?We are replacing seasonal 10% off coupons with 1% back Co-op Points on every purchase and monthly emailed coupons. 1% back Co-op Points allow us to reward you every time you shop, instead of only twice a quarter. Monthly emailed coupons allow you access to even more discounts and special promotions. Again—the average owner will see a 50% increase in rewards with these new benefits.
We are also replacing owner-only sandwich punch cards with a 10% off everyday Lunch Combo for all customers. This allows us to offer affordable, healthy lunches to everyone in our community—not just owners—and removes the hassle of having to remember to bring your physical punch card to the store.