Re: Meal Participation Program
From: Muriel Kranowski (
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 11:10:44 -0800 (PST)
It would be very helpful if those who respond would tell us how many adults and children usually come to dinner (20-29, 30-39,...), and how many people are on a standard-size cooking and/or cleaning team.
   Shadowlake Village Cohousing
   Blacksburg, VA

At 10:06 AM 1/21/2010, you wrote:


We have a scheduler who assigns folks to cooking slots (of course, taking in
account folks' preferences and restrictions).  It is not perfect but thanks
to the scheduler, it works.

However, if you have been assigned a cooking slot whose date no longer works
for you, it is up to you to find a replacement.  Generally, one posts to the
listserv and someone is usually willing to work out an arrangement.

>>> It would also be helpful to find out how much they charge for a meal per
The cooks pay for the meal.  Also we do not RSVP.  The cooks take their best
guess on how many will show up for dinner.  Any leftovers is divided by the
cooks or shared with the community.  (For dinners when we expect a large
attendance, we assign more cooks to share the expense.)

So the cooking team plan the meal, prepare the meal, serve the meal and do
cleanup.  Who does what is worked out by the team.  We have had this
arrangement for over 10 years and it works for us.

Do you know why your meal attendance has been dropping?

-Robert Heinich
 Eno Commons Cohousing
 Durham, NC
 where we have a house available for rent as the owners are in New Zealand
for a year.

On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 3:11 PM, Eta Braun <etabr [at]> wrote:

> I live at Oak Creek Commons in Paso Robles for about 5 years.  We still
> struggle with scheduling two dinners per week (Thursdays and Sundays).
> The number of cooks and cleaners has become smaller over time as well
> as the number of people eating.
> We would like to hear from other communities how they handle their meal
> participation program in general and specifically how they ensure
> enough cooks and cleaners for each meal.  It would also be helpful to
> find out how much they charge for a meal per person.
> Thank you in advance for giving us this information.
> Eta Braun
> Oak Creel Commons
> Paso Robles, CA
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