How To Build a Group Cooking Community
Food is strongly associated with community. One of the goals of OAMM is to get you around the table with the people you love more often. For most, that means sitting down with our families, the most basic building block of community. But we all long for meaningful relationships outside of that. We desire friends, peers, mentors, and even those to whom we can reach out. Despite the constant stream of communication we receive from our numerous technological devices, truly connecting with those outside of our family can be surprisingly difficult.
Let’s combine our needs (food), desires (meaningful relationships), and one of our favorite past times (freezer cooking), and we’ll kill a few birds with one stone: group freezer cooking!
The Benefits of Group Freezer Cooking
- Variety – try lots of new ingredients and dishes, while keeping shopping and cooking simple
- Simplicity – Typically 1 or 2 recipes versus 12-15 on a regular OAMC Day.
- Flexibility – You can spread cooking time out as needed (i.e. cook a few meals each day.)
- Community – Build existing relationships or develop NEW relationships.
- Service – Opportunities to invite someone new, help each other out during difficult season (sickness, new baby, etc.), or make extra meals for someone in need.
Resources for Starting a Group
A Word On Community
YOU are all part of our community, and we want to get to know you better and get to know each other better! If you have experience with group swap, please share your experience with us in the comments below or on our Facebook or Google+ page. Show us your pictures on Instagram. If you are just getting started with group swap, we welcome comments, questions, and suggestions for new resources. How can we better serve you?