Food Access

One in six individuals in Waldo County is affected directly by food insecurity: unsure where the next meal is coming from or if there will be enough for everyone in their family to eat.

CORE

At the Belfast Community Co-op, we are committed to accessibility, inclusivity, and serving our community. The CORE (Cooperative Ownership Reaching Everyone) program is designed to make local, organic, and wholesome foods more affordable to qualifying members of our community. We offer rolling acceptance for new participants and annual re-enrollment verification for current and past participants.

Generally, CORE is available for those who currently receive economic assistance through EBT/SNAP, TANF, or HEAP. If you receive another form of assistance, please reach out. The requirements and details are updated from time to time, so please check with the Co-op for the latest information.

Upon acceptance into the CORE program, current Co-op owners and prospective owners who qualify for the program receive an extended equity payment schedule and a 10% discount on most of our products (excluding alcohol, brewing supplies, and periodicals). This discount will be applied in addition to Co+op Deals sales, but cannot be combined with any other discounts.

For more details on the CORE program, contact ownership@belfast.coop.

 

Food Assistance Programs

In addition to the CORE progam, the Belfast Community Co-op accepts SNAP/EBT and proudly supports the Farm Fresh Rewards program.

SNAP/EBT

SNAP/EBT is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net in the country, offering nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and providing economic benefits to communities. Click here for more information.

Farm Fresh Rewards

Through Farm Fresh Rewards, shoppers using SNAP/EBT receive bonus fruits and vegetables from local farms, stretching limited benefits much further. The Belfast Community Co-op participates in the program, so that you can get a $5 fruit and veggie voucher for every $10 you spend on local food! To sign up, ask for an application at our Customer Service desk. Click this link to find out more about Farm Fresh Rewards.

Farm Fresh Rewards also works with the Maine Harvest Bucks program at participating farmers’ markets, CSAs, and farm stands around the state. Maine Harvest Bucks is managed by Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets.

Download the flyer here.

Please note that the Belfast Community Co-op is unable to accept WIC at this time but hope to be able to in the future.

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