At the co-op, we believe healthy food should be accessible and affordable.
Our Limited Income Membership Entry (LIME) program creates equitable opportunities to enjoy local and sustainable foods on a limited income. Why? Everyone is welcome to shop at Mississippi Market. Yet, we know that when someone 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. Everyone has a right to nutritious food and we strive to manifest these values in our work as a community-owned natural foods grocery store. Through our LIME program, we are actively reaching out to those in our community who are struggling to afford healthy food. The LIME program reduces barriers to co-op membership for customers enrolled in financial assistance programs.
How does it work?
Anyone enrolled in financial assistance programs may qualify for LIME membership and the discount. If you are already a Mississippi Market member and are enrolled in financial assistance, you may apply for the LIME discount.
Which financial assistance programs qualify someone for LIME?
Qualifying programs include SNAP/EBT, WIC, Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, Section 8 housing, Refugee Cash Assistance, Medical Assistance, and General Assistance.
If you qualify, there are two ways you can benefit from this program:
1. Once you become a co-op member-owner, or if you are one already, the LIME discount gives you access to 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 and sign up to begin receiving your 10% discount.
Another example: If you are a mom enrolled in the WIC program and are not a member of Mississippi Market – you qualify for the LIME membership and discount. Stop in to purchase your membership at the co-op for $12 and begin receiving the 10% discount on your groceries every day.
2. 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 (Beginning July 1st, 2018, LIME members will continue to receive a 10% discount on daily purchases, but will not receive an additional 10% off from quarterly member discounts). Remaining payments are made with earned patronage dividends until the full $90 co-op membership payment is reached, meaning no additional out-of-pocket payments are necessary.
LIME membership must be renewed on an annual basis.
To renew your LIME eligibility and ensure uninterrupted discounts, please bring a photo ID, along with your income-based financial assistance program card or letter to the co-op between December 1, 2018 and January 11, 2019.