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    Question Need Help with Portion Size

    Our Sunday school class is cooking supper for the local homeless shelter in a couple of weeks. We are having spaghetti and fixings. Does anyone know about how much pasta I should cook to feed 30 people? I don't want to make too much, but I surely don't want to run out, either.

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    Here's a link you might find useful.

    I want to make spaghetti for 30 ppl.. I really need some help to figure out how much stuff to buy.. HELP? - Yahoo! Answers

    What I have found is that when feeding the homeless/food deficient that they tend to really pack it in because they know it will be awhile till their next meal. If I were making it I'd think 1/2 pound per person (that's assuming you are not serving meat). Most homeless we have have served are men, and men are bigger eaters then women, in general.

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    The guideline I've heard is 1/4 lb/person. But Pollly makes a good point, so I'd probably figure 1/2 lb/person in this case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollypurebred39 View Post
    Here's a link you might find useful.

    I want to make spaghetti for 30 ppl.. I really need some help to figure out how much stuff to buy.. HELP? - Yahoo! Answers

    What I have found is that when feeding the homeless/food deficient that they tend to really pack it in because they know it will be awhile till their next meal. If I were making it I'd think 1/2 pound per person (that's assuming you are not serving meat). Most homeless we have have served are men, and men are bigger eaters then women, in general.
    Yes, 1/2 lb per person is my opinion, too, even with meatballs

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    4 - 5 lbs depending on how hearty you're making the sauce and if you're serving bread and salad on the side.

    I used to be a commercial cook and feed 30 - 50 people a day.

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