I am currently living in a household of 3 or 4, we have been sharing evening meals. With each person taking one night a week, we cook once and eat 4 times. It’s a bit easier when chosen diets are similar, but can work with varying diets, if all can come to a compromise. I tend to eat in waves of dishes and flavors- sticking with one type of food for awhile, meal sharing has taken me out of that rut and I am eating differently because of it. We all sit down to enjoy what one of us has created, which encourages a dialog that is sweet and sometimes really engaged if we are talking about something that has many facets. Cooking mainly for myself for some time now, I am excited that with shared meals I can spend $15-25 cook one meal for the household, and receive 4 meals. Pretty wonderful.
I can visualize families, in a neighborhood doing something similar, maybe not as often, or maybe one family cooks, and all eat in their own homes. I think about my childhood, being raised by a single mom, and if we had participated in something like this, the load it would have taken off her shoulders.
A friend of mine lives in a group house, where they all put $250 a month into the pot for utilities and food. Someone in the house has the task of doing the shopping, and all food in the house is everyone’s. There are 7 people who each sign up to cook 2 meals a month. So 14 evenings a month the household sits for a family meal. I think this is a great model for living in abundance.
It seems such an easy community endeavor, one that has been practiced many years in some cultures. Think of a village, and the ease with which all co-exist.
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