Re: Common Meals
From: Ann Zabaldo (zabaldoearthlink.net)
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:13:26 -0700 (PDT)
I love the simplicity.

> On Apr 13, 2016, at 1:45 PM, Beverly Jones Redekop <beverly.jones.redekop 
> [at] gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> 
> We have a cooks collective with no money changing hands. If twelve cooks
> sign up for Tuesdays, there are six weeks of meals. You provide one meal
> and eat five more. For your own meal, you buy (or grow!) your own
> ingredients with your cooking partner.
> 
> On Wed, Apr 13, 2016, 9:25 AM PatZy via Cohousing-L <
> cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> wrote:
> 
>> 
>> Here at Mountain View Coho our meals program has been up and running for a
>> year this week!  The billing comes off our diner signup sheets (paper, in
>> the Common House, builds traffic), and cooks turn in their expenses after a
>> meal.  One person keeps a spread sheet with dates/number of meals per
>> household/amount spent on ingredients, and we even up on a quarterly basis.
>> 
>> We struggled with initial pricing and finally agreed that meals would cost
>> no more than $7 - everything costs more in the Bay Area - but we’ve never
>> actually charged that much.  At the end of the quarter we review the actual
>> cost per meal and adjust the charge accordingly for the billing.  We
>> increase the actual a little to a round number (say the average was $5.84
>> per meal, we’d charge $6).  The overage goes to our “feast fund” and so far
>> we’ve charged $6, and $6.50 for meals.  This means lead cooks don’t have to
>> sweat every penny and allows for the purchase of more organic/local food.
>> 
>> PatZy Boomer
>> 
>> 
>>> Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 19:03:19 -0500
>>> From: Rita Bullinger <ritabullinger [at] gmail.com>
>>> Subject: [C-L]_ Common meals
>>> 
>>> Can anyone anywhere offer ideas for organizing the pricing and
>> record-keeping of common meals?
>>> We are about to have a common house!! I welcome any ideas!
>>> 
>>> Thanks so much.
>>> 
>>> Rita Bullinger
>>> Germantown Commons, Nashville
>>> 
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Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA
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