Bed-Stuy Bounty makes it easy for residents to save money on groceries by purchasing in bulk, directly from the same farmers and distributors that serve our favorite natural and organic grocers – without having to leave home. Our members place weekly orders online and pick them up a few days later or have them delivered.
What is a Buying Club?
A buying club is a group of people – neighbors, friends, families, coworkers, and/or churchmembers – who make collective purchases on bulk groceries directly from farms and wholesale distributors.
Membership to a buying club has several benefits:
- buying in large quantities (bulk) makes food more affordable
- buying in bulk reduces packaging waste
- buying in bulk builds community because members plan orders together
- members participate directly/have a say in the food system by choosing where to spend their money
- buying clubs get access to high quality foods at significantly lower prices
How is Bed-Stuy Bounty different from food cooperatives or other buying clubs?
Bed-Stuy Bounty is different from food cooperatives or other buying clubs in three ways:
- Bed-Stuy Bounty is privately-owned, meaning members do not have decision-making privileges or work requirements
- Traditional buying clubs require that members pay upfront for a random selection of goods that they may or may not be interested in. Bed-Stuy Bounty members choose what they want to order
- Members place their orders online
Why should I join Bed-Stuy Bounty?
You’ll want to join Bed-Stuy Bounty if:
- you’re interested in buying organic, local, ethical, gluten-free, pasture-raised, and/or vegetarian foods at prices significantly lower than your favorite grocery store
- you’re tired of traveling outside of the neighborhood to get good quality groceries
- you’re committed to supporting Bed-Stuy’s independently owned businesses (Bed-Stuy Bounty is owned by a lifelong resident, and partners with local businesses to host pickup locations)
- having your money circulate several times within your community before it leaves is important to you (See above, also, Bed-Stuy Bounty’s founder lives here, eats here, and banks here)
- you love the concept of cooperative business principles, but you don’t love the whole work shift/sweat equity compromise that comes with sustaining traditional cooperative food buying models
- you want to meet more of your neighbors and possibly break bread with them
Want to join? Visit http://www.bedstuybounty.com/ to learn more!