So, I'm not sure if this is normal, as I am not Jewish, but here it is.
My boss's best friend's grandmother died. Best friend told boss that Harris Teeter (in VA, I am in CO) is providing food for the memorial service, at the best friend's aunt's home. Boss was told that instead of sending flowers, they are requesting people help contribute to the food cost. When I called Harris Teeter nobody knew what I was even talking about, and they told me to call back tomorrow.
I'm just wondering, is this a normal thing for Jewish services, to have people contribute to the food cost? I know in the past we had my grandmother's post-memorial service get together at our house, but it was sort of a pot luck kind of thing where everyone from church (Protestant non-denominational) brought dishes that they made.