Catering quantities for LCV residentials

COVID-19 outbreak: From 2021-08-09 all areas of Scotland have moved "beyond level 0" in the a strategic framework released on 2021-06-22. Most legal restrictions on our activities have ended and we have increased our minibus capacity to allow for more volunteers without their own transport to come on task.

Please look at the task list page to see the programme and the remaining requirements upon volunteers to help suppress the virus.

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Here are some guidelines for the quantities of food that you will need to buy if you are doing the catering for a residential task.

These are only guidelines, so be guided by common sense and be prepared to ignore them if you have reason to. Please let me know if you find that any of the quantities are wildly out.

These quantities are based on an average weekend consisting of:

If you are in need of inspiration, check out the recipes section for some old favourites

Breakfasts and Lunches

These are just guidelines. Adjust to fit your task and volunteer cohort: for example a physically demanding resi in winter with lots of younger volunteers will require more food than a light-duty summer resi

Foodstuff Quantity per person per day Notes
Milk 2/3 - 1 pint Choose the higher figure if there's cereal for breakfast, the lower if it's porridge
Bread 1/4 - 1/2 large loaf Assuming 20 slices/loaf
Margarine 50g
Cheese 75g Assuming generous sandwiches
Pickle 1/2 400g jar per 10 people
Peanut butter 1 large jar per 10 people
Jam 1 jar per 10 people
Biscuits 1/4 packet
Fruit 2 - 3 pieces Make sure the bananas don't get squashed
Crisps 1 pack "Basic" flavours are best.

Evening meal

per person guide. Round quantities UP.

Foodstuff Quantity per person Notes
Pasta 125g Dry weight
Rice 100g Dry weight
Potatoes 350g
Cheese 75g
Other veg 250g
Soup 1/3 - 1/2 pint

Other things

Make sure there are enough of these...