Lodge Dining Program with Meal Plan Options
Lodge Dining Program is one of our 3 Resident Programs
In our vegetarian kitchen, we cook primarily organic and local foods, with many vegetables and fruits coming straight from our gardens during the abundant times of the year. On the meal-plan, you can eat family-style and enjoy the opportunity to connect with your community. It’s simple. You pay Lost Valley in advance of the month, we purchase the bulk foods as a community, you show up at meal time.
If you participate in the Cooking Program, you reap the rewards of kitchen service while receiving a discount (see Resident Program section of the Intentional Community tab).
Eating meat or having a special diet is not a problem, however. In our Personal Foods Kitchen in the Guest House, we have fridge, shelf, and kitchen space available for residents to cook their personal food.
Lodge Dining Program Enrollment Form
“Meal Plan Options”
The Lodge Dining Program (LDP) provides delicious organic, vegetarian meals to residents and visitors of Lost Valley Center participating in a Meal Plan (MP) Option or dining A La Carte (paid per meal). Lunch & dinner meals are prepared and served family-style Monday through Friday throughout the year (with occasional exceptions for some holidays). Meal Plan participants may utilize Lodge kitchen food stocks to prepare their own meals at other times. LDP Meal Plan Options and associated participation requirements are listed below. This form serves as initial enrollment in the program and to inform individuals of the requirements for participation while residing in our community. Changes to participation in Meal Plan Options should be submitted to the Kitchen Manager at least two weeks prior to the start of the month for the desired change.
Full Meal Plan Option – includes all prepared meals and full access to Lodge kitchen food stocks for other meals, including unlimited snack station access.
- $325 per adult (18+); $225 per youth ages 13-17; $125 per youth ages 7-12; no charge ages 6 & below
Half Meal Plan Option – includes 6 prepared meals & full access to Lodge kitchen food stocks for 3 unprepared meals per week, including unlimited snack station access. (NOTE: enrollment in at least the Half Meal Plan Option is required for the first 3 months in residence at Lost Valley Center to facilitate initial integration with our community*)
- $200 per adult (18+); $150 per youth ages 13-17; $75 per youth ages 7-12; no charge ages 6 & below
Minimum Meal Plan Option – includes 1 prepared meal per week; please select one out of three specified prepared meal time options per week; meal times available to Minimum Meal Plan participants may vary, so ask for current options. (NOTE: enrollment in at least the Minimum Meal Plan Option is required following the first 3 months in residence at Lost Valley Center to facilitate continued integration with our community*) (LIMIT: participants may sign up for the MMP times 2 – i.e. $44 per adult)
- $22 per adult (18+); $18 per youth ages 13-17; $9 per youth ages 7-12; no charge ages 6 & below
A La Carte Meals – residents and visitors of Lost Valley may purchase meals which are not included in their selected Meal Plan option or if they are not enrolled in the meal plan. All such meals must be entered on the A La Carte Log located in the Lodge dining room prior to dining. Residents only may initial to be charged at month’s end by the bookkeeper, rather than submitting cash or check payment.
- per meal pricing: Adults 18+: $6; 13-17 years: $4; 7-12 years: $2; 4-6 years: $1; 0-3 years: no charge
- per meal pricing during events: Adults 18+: $8; 13-17 years: $6; 7-12 years: $4; 4-6 years: $2; 0-3 years: no charge
- snacks and desserts are $1-$3 – use your discretion. Please consider expenses for food production, allocation, preparation & sanitation.
Additional notes about the Lodge Dining Program:
Meal Plan discounts may be available upon enrollment in the Cooking Program. Please see the Cooking Program Enrollment Form for details.
Meal plan costs for volunteers may be partially or fully covered by the sponsoring department at the convenience of the organization.
Participant should attempt, to the best of their ability, to notify the Kitchen Coordinator and/or bookkeeper about changes to their Meal Plan Option at least 2 weeks prior to the month in which changes are to take effect. Plan option changes should not occur mid-month, so please plan accordingly.
Monthly Meal Plan costs may be pro-rated for an absence longer than 5 business days. Please provide 2 weeks notice to the Kitchen Coordinator and/or bookkeeper when requesting this adjustment.