|Meal Participation||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: apierlioni (apierlioniaol.com)|
|Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 10:38:28 -0800 (PST)|
In Nevada City Cohousing in CA every adult resident is required to take a turn on the to cook and clean on each cooking rotation (which is about every 5 weeks) regardless of how many meals they actually attend. They can be at the same time or to cook and clean for different meals. In theory, if everyone participates in this program, we will have meals 6 days per week, though on weekends, they can be breakfast, lunch or brunch. We use a computerized accounting system which keeps a running tally of how much you've spent and how much you've eaten. Only when you exceed certain paramenters (either owing too much or having too much owed to you) does money change hands. We have a higher max now of up to $6.00 per meal per person to allow for purchase of more organic produce or a greater variety of meals. The only challenge here is that not everyone does participate in the program, for a variety of reasons, (health, extended absence, refusual, etc) even though the participation requirement is made clear from the start. I guess no community or meal system is perfect, but on the whole, ours works pretty well most of the time with most of the residents. I would venture to say that our community on average, probably has more common meals offered each week than any other with which I am familiar. Andrea Carlson Nevada City Cohousing, Nevada City, CA
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