Re: Common Meals payment/reservation options?
From: Kelly Bachman (
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 06:22:59 -0700 (PDT)
Valerie, We at Bellingham Cohousing have an online sign-up for meals.  We
generally charge $5 per adult and less or none for children. We tally the
charges for the month for each household and then bill the total meals on
their dues statements. The meals team has 2 debit cards that they share
with other cooks.  The debit cards are tied to a separate bank account
where we maintain a low balance so that if the cards ever got away from us,
our main checking account would not be threatened.

On Mon, Sep 27, 2021 at 5:17 AM Valerie Paul <valerie.paul [at]> 

> Hi all,
> At Bay State Commons (move-in Q1 2022!!), we are working on our meal
> planning and are interested in hearing about what other communities are
> doing these days for meal accounting and pricing.
> I've reviewed past threads and have a good sense of the systems various
> communities have used in the past but there's nothing very recent and
> technology is changing so fast it seemed reasonable to put the questions
> out there again.
> How do people sign up for meals?
> How do you collect payment?
> How much do you charge for meals (if you do)?
> Does the meals team have a separate bank account?
> We are also looking at co-ho specific software options and are interested
> in peoples' feedback. (Maybe off list?)
> Thanks in advance!
> Valerie
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