Re: helping neighbors share common meals if they can't afford to pay
From: Jean Hopkins (
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2021 16:47:08 -0700 (PDT)
We sell meal tickets at $4.50 for adults, $2.25 for children. Some people pay 
for individual tickets but most write checks for 10 or 20 at a time. 
Individuals turn in their meal tickets at each meal they've signed up for.
If they don't eat a full meal or they can't afford it, they can turn in half a 
ticket.  The Home Committee that oversees the meals allows the two people who 
collect the tickets at each meal (simply checking names off the meal sign-up 
sheet as the tickets are counted) to decide whether or not a person can turn in 
a half ticket. 
$.35 of each ticket goes to the meal fund to pay for kitchen supplies and basic 
ingredients.  The rest of the money is used to reimburse the cooks who purchase 
the dinner's food if it isn't grown in our garden.
-----Original Message-----
Sent: Oct 19, 2021 6:18 PM
To: Cohousing-L 
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ helping neighbors share common meals if they can't afford 
to pay
Elizabeth, is the team that manages the good neighbor fund specialized to
do just that task? Or was it a pre-existing team that added this
responsibility to their set of duties? Also, do you know if the fund
resides in its own bank account, or is it a specially funded line item in
the general budget, or how does that work? When it starts to get low, does
the fund-managing team ask for more donations? Or do they mention the fund
periodically regardless of its financial status to keep people in mind of
donating to it?
On Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 5:42 PM Elizabeth Magill
> We do this. People were asked to donate, with a suggestion of adding
> $5 per month to their meals account (we pay for teh meals we eat, a
> meat dinner is $5).
> People donated, some regularly, some a single lump sum.
> Now anyone can ask to have their meals covered from the fund. Also if
> someone's meal accounts gets past due, someone from the fund checks in
> on whether they want the "good neighbor fund" to pay their bill. Then
> some folk didn't pay their cohousing dues (which for us are separate
> from condo/HOA dues) and someone from the fund asked, and the fund
> paid for that. I believe there have been other small expenses that
> have been paid for some members.
> Basically the "good neighbor fund" team decides how to handle the
> monies. And we generally have enough money cover what needs to be
> covered.
> I'm not on that team so I'm telling you what it looks like from the
> outside.
> -Liz
> (The Rev. Dr.) Elizabeth Mae Magill
> Pastor, Ashburnham Community Church
> Minister to the Affiliates, Ecclesia Ministries
> 508-450-0431
> On Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 10:32 AM Muriel Kranowski wrote:
> >
> > One of our caring teams brought a request to a team I am on that is
> > responsible for managing common meals. They asked us to create a fund
> that
> > would allow our neighbors who are in a financial bind to still come to
> > common meals - we charge per meal to those who sign up for each meal,
> > billed monthly. Billing and payment are handled by the Meals Accountant.
> > The Meals Account is a separate bank account.
> >
> > My team met about this last night and agreed that we would like to do
> this.
> > We were wondering how to administer it in a way that would be kind,
> > confidential, and not too much of a PITA for the Meals Accountant to deal
> > with.
> >
> > Do any of your communities do this? If so, how do you handle it? Is it an
> > ongoing situation for the person in need until they let someone know they
> > don't need it, or on a meal-by-meal request basis, or what? How do you
> fund
> > it? How much use does it get? Do you do anything in particular to
> maintain
> > confidentiality? Anything else that I should know?
> >
> > I will greatly appreciate any practical voice-of-experience responses!
> > Muriel @ Shadowlake Village, Blacksburg VA
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