Re: Meal Participation Program
From: Mariana Almeida (
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 10:30:14 -0800 (PST)
A couple of suggestions that seem to work for us: 
Sign ups for cleaning and cooking slots in advance. We do a quarter at a time. 
This allows for people to plan and maybe to commit. 
Also, don't make it mandatory that cooks do cleaning. 

Another one: 
Lower the bar of what constitutes an acceptable menu. Some people mentioned on 
the list they always have dessert. We rarely do, except for fruit when it's 
cheap and in season, or birthday cakes. Our regular meals can be as simple as: 
hearty soup, green salad, bread and butter, the end. 

On the consumption side: 
Make meal participation opt-out, instead of opt-in. We assume everyone is 
signed in until they come and physically change that Yes to a No.
Berkeley, Calif Cohousing

From: Eta Braun <etabr [at]>
To: cohousing-l [at]
Sent: Wed, January 20, 2010 12:11:54 PM
Subject: [C-L]_ Meal Participation Program

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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