A workers' cooperative growing food on London's edge in the Lea Valley

Our Solidarity Scheme

What is the solidarity scheme?

We run a ‘solidarity pricing model’ for the box scheme, where those who can are encouraged to pay a little more for their bags, and those who need it are encouraged to take a discount. The scheme is completely optional, and you can opt in and out of it. The idea is that by paying on a sliding scale, we hope to foster more equity and diversity in our food system. Sounds good (we think, anyway).

If you think you might be able to pay a little more for your deliveries, you can add a solidarity payment to your order. You can choose to pay an additional £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 per week. This money will then be used to cross subsidise the bags of those who have requested a discount.

If you feel that you need a discount on your deliveries, drop us an email and let us know. There’s no means testing for the discount – its available if you feel you need it. The standard discount we offer is 20%, but if you feel you need more than this then let us know. It’s worth noting that the discounts we offer are paid for from the extra solidarity payments we receive, so there might be a waiting list for the discount depending on how much we have coming in and how many discount requests we receive.

How do I join?

It’s really simple.

To add a solidarity payment, select the amount you’d like to pay from the solidarity payment options when you’re signing up.

For a discount, just drop us a line to: box@organiclea.org.uk

Which rate should I pay?

We suggest you consider paying the solidarity rate if you agree with one or more of the below:

  • I feel I am able to and would like to stand in solidarity with others
  • I am able to meet all of my basic needs
  • I have some disposable income
  • Have access to savings and/or inherited money
  • Your rent/mortgage is less than 30% of your monthly income
  • Not working as a choice (e.g. taking time out to consider a career change)
  • Have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education e.g. educated to degree level

We suggest you consider paying the discounted rate if you agree with one or more of the below:

  • You frequently stress about meeting basic needs and don’t always achieve them
  • You have no or very limited expendable income
  • You do unpaid care work
  • You do not qualify for state funds solely due to your immigration status
  • Support children or other dependents on one income
  • Have to work part time/are on low income i.e. working less than 16 hours a week

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