|Re: Common House Meal Prices||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Douglas G Larson (ddhleearthlink.net)|
|Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 15:00:40 -0700 (PDT)|
Common House Meal Prices Our food program, in its current form has been with us for 17 years. Here is how it works - Membership We currently have 42 full-time members in our food program. Meals We serve 5 meals per week. Dinner on Monday through Thursday and Breakfast on Saturday. We have an occasional extra meal, e.g. lunch on some Saturday's when we have community-wide work parties but this only happens once every few months. Prices We do not charge members per meal. Instead we charge per person per month and always have. The current rate is $148 per person per month. With 20 meals per month, that equates to $7.40 per meal. Annualized the price is actually $6.83 per meal (i.e. 5 meals per week, 52 weeks). We have a lower monthly price for kids but I don't recall what it is (We have only 2 or 3 kids left in the community). We used to charge $5 per child per year of age per month for kids. So a 4-year-old would pay $20 per month. A 11-year old would pay $55 per month. Age 16 and older pay the adult price. A member's $148 monthly fee covers not only the month's 20 meals, but also gives the member access to any food in our community pantry. This pantry is not a complete grocery store but contains staples and essentials. For example - -- Cereals, -- Canned beans (Garbanzo, Red Kidney, White), -- Alternative milks (Soy, Rice, Hemp, Almond), -- Canned sandwich meats (Chicken, Tuna), -- Canned tomatoes (Sauce, diced, crushed, paste), -- Flours (Wheat, rice, tapioca, polenta), -- Grains (Rice, Dried pastas), -- Teas (About 10 to 12 different flavors from several brands), -- Canned fruits (Pineapple, Mandarin Oranges), -- Cheese (just cheddar), -- Breads (Wheat, Gluten-Free), -- Butter and Margarines (Earth-Balance with soy and soy-free versions), -- Eggs, -- Sugar (white and Brown), -- Dried Beans (Navy, Pinto, Garbanzo, Lentils ), -- Dried Herbs and Spices (A wide variety of these. We buy in bulk), -- Crackers, -- Canned Coconut Milk, -- Fresh Bananas This is not an exhaustive list but it is most of it. We don't give refunds for missed meals, but any member can request a saved plate (specifying restrictions as needed) for any community meal of the week. The member can then retrieve the saved plate when they get home. We have a sign-up sheet each week in the common house kitchen where the member requests a saved plate. Members can also call in during meal prep and request a saved plate. Meals Work Members sign up for meal prep, cleanup or shopping. Lead chef for each meal plans that meal and submits an ingredient list to our Inventory person by Wednesday of the prior week. We keep a spreadsheet on Google Drive for this input and everyone involved has access to it. He Inventory person takes the weekly request spreadsheet and checks inventory, creating a weekly shopping list for the shoppers. Shoppers shop on Fridays but sometimes also on Tuesday or Wednesday. We purchase bulk items wholesale from United Foods and have it delivered once per month. Individuals can order personal items (anything in their catalog) from the United Foods warehouse once per month. The cost of personal items is added to the person's monthly bill. Governance and Food Cost Data We created a Non-profit (501c7) for our food program and have officers who manage it. Every year the officers review the price we are charging. We use the USDA Food Plans cost that is published regularly (I believe the USDA publishes it quarterly but I am not sure). This USDA Food plan shows weekly and monthly food costs in four expenditure levels (Thrifty Plan, Low-Cost Plan, Moderate Plan and Liberal Plan). We take the Low-Cost Plan figures for two people and take 60% of that as our starting point for what we charge. Douglas G Larson, Songaia Cohousing, Bothell, Washington
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