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How does the Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op work?

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The Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op is a volunteer organization located in a number of central and western states that buys local and regional produce at deep discounts and distributes it to contributing members. Because each site is local and has no paid employees, members obtain fresh produce at low prices every other week.

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People join Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op by creating a free account at BountifulBaskets.org. Participants order baskets of produce and other specialty items by logging on to the website and selecting their state, county and pick-up site. They then order up to three baskets of produce as well as various add-ons, such as bread, canned vegetables, pantry items and extra cases of produce. For an extra fee, participants can upgrade their baskets to include only certified organic produce. Besides paying for the produce, they pay a one-time basket fee and a processing fee each time they order.

Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op members must show up on time to pick up their orders, or the co-op donates their baskets of produce to charity. Once they make an order, they cannot cancel it or change its pick-up location. They must bring their own bags, baskets or boxes to carry their produce in. Because there are no employees, the co-op expects all members to volunteer every six or seven pick-ups by showing up an hour early and helping with sorting the produce and other tasks.

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