Gather’s initial purpose was as a meals administration system. Gather communities tend to have very healthy meals programs. Meals features include:
- Customizable signup types
- Auto-signup (for communities with a full-participation/opt-out model)
- CSV import & export
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the meals process work?
These are the basic steps:
Meals are created and staff assigned. Meals are open for signup at this point.
- Menu Addition
The cook decides what to cook and adds the menu. This can happen as part of step 1, or separately.
Members sign up for the meal. This can technically happen before menu addition but the majority of signups usually take place after the menu has been added.
The meal is closed by the cook, usually before they go to shop for groceries so they know how much to buy. No signups are allowed after this point.
The cook views or prints out the meal summary page which lists the number of diners of each type, the expected number of portions needed, and grocery allowance calculations.
- Mealtime and Late Additions
Let’s eat! Any late signups permitted by the cook are recorded on the summary sheet or directly in Gather.
The meals biller (or optionally the head cook) finalizes the meal. This includes adjusting the signup counts to reflect latecomers and entering the amount spent on groceries. Charges are added to diner accounts. Care should be taken here as this step can’t be undone.