Grocery Policies

We encourage members to cook meals that everyone can enjoy. Cooking a communal meal or buying groceries both count toward the weekly set of maintenance tasks we ask all members to perform. 

  • If you notice an item is running low, please pin it in the #bp_shopping_list Slack channel. When you make a grocery run, please purcahse the pinned items (whenever possible/reasonable) and unpin when complete.
  • Inventory kitchen items to make sure we actually need these items before you buy them. Due to limited storage & fridge space, we discourage overstocking.
  • Please be mindful of member dietary restrictions, which are pinned in the #bp_meals Slack channel.
  • Whenever possible, buy discounted items.
  • Members are welcome to buy personal items at their own expense and store them, labelled, in the kitchen.

Buspatch will reimburse members for...

  • vegetables (leafy greens, onions, peppers, mushrooms, carrots, celery, zucchini, etc)
  • fruits (berries when on sale, or that keeps a few days like apples, oranges, bananas) 
  • lean proteins (chicken, eggs, ground beef, salmon, etc)
  • lentils, beans, seeds (we have members with nut allergies so please keep the communal meals nut free)
  • staple grains: rice, quinoa, cous cous, whole oats, pasta, breads (without added sugar when possible) (tips for cooking rice here)
  • milk, cream, cheese (real cheese, but sorry we don't have the budget for delicious fromagerie-level expensive cheese)
  • important flavour stuff (garlic, ginger, whole black pepper, spices, mustard, soy sauce, real maple syrup, local honey, hot sauce)
  • coffee, tea
  • some ready-to-eat stuff (canned soups with "real" ingredients, canned tuna/sardines)
  • cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil (for salads, not cooking - low smoke point!); sunflower or safflower oil (for cooking), butter (for cooking)
  • balsamic vinegar
  • staple sauces (like tomato sauce. sadly we discourage pesto due to nuts)
New! Added Feb 11, 2018:
  • jelly, jam, nut butters

Buspatch will NOT reimburse you for...

  • protein bars
  • candy, chocolate, etc
  • pastries (croissants, muffins, & danishes, cookies...)
  • hot dogs, soy dogs, processed soy imitation meat of any sort
  • frozen "foods" (pizza pops, corn dogs, tv dinners, etc)
  • instant ramen, cuppa noodle, instant "soup" puches that are just power-shit-flavour-crap with dehydrated noodles where you add water
  • instant oatmeal
  • fake table "syrup", corn syrup
  • nut "milk"
  • coffee "cream"er
  • nutella & other dessert spreads
  • wonderful fancy foods we cannot afford (caviar, fromagerie cheeses, unnecessarily "organic" whole foods stuff, prime rib, fresh herbs, etc)
  • pre-mixed salad dressings
  • takeout or delivery
  • pop, sports drinks, energy drinks, iced teas/coffees, juice
  • alcoholic beverages, bitters, mixers, etc
You can buy these things, but at your own expense.

This isn't an exhaustive list, but try to use logic, or ask first.

Label your personal food

There are labels in the kitchen. Write your name on your food. Don't take food that has someone else's name on it without talking to them first. If you find something without a name on it, help yourself.

How to get reimbursed for your food

  • log your expenses in Splitwise!
  • share the expense with the Buspatch SF group
  • include a photo of your receipt
  • make the responsibility 100% Buspatch Entity, we'll pay you back or take it off your next fees due