Since I?ve been at Xavier, I?ve had two experiments with meal sharing, both of which have been helpful and positive. Food cooperatives are a terrific way to accomplish multiple goals: saving time on food preparation, saving money in food purchasing, gaining support and reinforcement for one?s own ideological commitments (e.g., organic ingredients; low-fat, healthy meal preparation, vegetarian or vegan commitments, using only locally grown produce, etc.), and, depending upon how it?s done, building community. There isn?t a right or wrong way to put together a dinner co-op. The most important thing I?ve found is that keeping lines of communication open and doing regular assessment of the program that a group establishes is important to success, both short and long term.