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Announcing the LIME program

Creating greater access to healthy, sustainable foods.

February 1st, Mississippi Market will launch a new program to create equitable opportunities to enjoy local and sustainable foods on a limited income. It’s called the LIME program, or Limited Income Membership Entry program.

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Anyone enrolled in financial assistance programs may qualify for the membership + discount or (for those who are already members) the discount only. Qualifying programs include SNAP/EBT, WIC, SSD, Supplemental Security Income, Section 8 housing, Refugee Cash Assistance and General Assistance.

If you qualify, there are two ways you can benefit from this program:

    1. If you’re not a member-owner of the co-op already, you can purchase a membership for only $12 and receive full member benefits. (The remaining payments are made with their household’s earned patronage dividends until the full $90 payment is reached, meaning no additional out-of-pocket payments will be necessary.)
    2. Once you become a member-owner, or if you are one already, the LIME discount gives you a 10% discount off your groceries every day.

For example: If you are over the age of 62, are already a member, and receive SSD – you qualify for the LIME discount! Stop in to sign up and begin receiving your 10% discount.

Another example: If you are a mom enrolled in the WIC program and not a member of Mississippi Market – you qualify for the LIME membership + discount! Stop in to purchase your membership in the co-op for $12 and begin receiving the 10% discount on your groceries.

Everyone is welcome to shop at Mississippi Market, yet we know that when one is on a limited income, the barriers to healthy eating can be monumental. Ten percent of Minnesotans are food insecure, or do not have reliable access to enough nutritious food. By introducing the LIME program, the co-op is actively reaching out to those in our community who are struggling to afford healthy food.

Learn more about co-op member-ownership and sign up for the LIME program at our stores.