|Re: Common house meal prices||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Muriel Kranowski (murielkvt.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2018 11:36:03 -0700 (PDT)|
At Shadowlake Village, we're now charging $5/adult and $2.50/child for a cooked meal. (We have 3 cooked Sunday dinners per month plus one Sunday potluck, and also a midweek potluck dinner.) We started out at $4.50/adult and that was not enough for cooks to stay within budget using quality ingredients. We then agreed to $5.50, which turned out to be too much - our Meals Account generated a large surplus. So, we're hoping $5 is the Goldilocks right amount. We want cooks to use high-quality ingredients, where local-and-organic is the gold standard and also the most expensive. In computing their available budget, the head cooks multiply the signed-up adults by $4.50 and children by $2.25 (leaving the remaining amount for kitchen staples), then subtract $15 because we let the head cook and the two co-cooks eat for free as a thank-you and hopefully a minor inducement to cook. We have no requirements around participating in meals; people sign up to cook and/or clean in each 3-month rotation as they see fit, and we want to encourage cook signups however we can. We recognize that $5 doesn't really compensate for the hours of work, but it's an acknowledgement of our appreciation. Our Meals Accountant sends out a monthly statement showing who owes how much to the Meals Account or how much your account has in it if you're running a surplus. Some households pay in a lump sum from time to time and draw it down; others have funds in the account because a head cook in the household asked to have the amount owed to them for their meal expense put into the Meals Account rather than being reimbursed immediately. This system is kind of paperwork-heavy - to be reimbursed, cooks must submit their receipts and sign-up sheets to the Meals Accountant, who enters the information into a spreadsheet that generates the monthly statement and then enters the payments made by people who didn't have a surplus, and takes the payment checks to the bank. If no-one were willing to take on that task, we'd have to regroup in a hurry! But meantime it works for us.
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