Kids ages 12 and under are invited to become a Merc Co+op Explorer and be eligible to receive one free piece of fruit per visit to 901 Iowa! To become a card-carrying Co+op Explorer, kids simply need to bring a parent or supervising adult to the customer service desk and ask to become a Co+op Explorer. Or, use our super easy online form. Each child will be issued his or her very own super official Co+op Explorers card and passport!
Then, once kids are signed up, here's how it works:
- Kids and parents stop by the customer service desk, where we keep the designated Co+op Explorers fruit basket. Next to the basket, you'll find a Co+op Explorers stickers.
- Take a sticker and put it on your child's shirt or jacket (that's so staff will know your child or children are fruit-eating Co+op Explorers, and they can account for it at the checkout counter.
- Then, each child is eligible to take a piece of fruit and enjoy eating it while you shop.
What should you do with the peel or core? Simply throw them away in the compost bin by the deli. If you don't see it, just ask a staff person.
When you check out, please remind the cashier that your child or children ate a free piece of fruit as part of Co+op Explorers so that we can track participation in the program.
That's all there is to it! If you have any questions, please ask a cashier. We’re happy to help!