A sign was posted at work on Friday asking for various ingredients for Hobo Soup, mainly vegetables, but also accompaniments—bread, butter, crackers. Items were brought in yesterday and assembled by our accounts receivable gal and fabulous cook. Teddy brought in her giant Nesco-style slow cooker and set it up by the coffee counter. The front office smelled wonderful all afternoon.
So today the entire shop gets to enjoy this huge batch of soup, made possible by various people bringing in just one or two items. I just finished mine and it tastes as good as it smells. It's chock full of ground beef, corn, carrots, lima beans, broccoli (which pretty much disintegrated), potatoes, tomatoes and celery. (From what I've read, Hobo Soup tends to be vegetarian, so you can forgo meat for an even thriftier—and lower fat—option.)
I think it's a great idea and a fun way to bring an office together. Each person pitches in just a little, yet it makes enough for everyone. I encourage you to try this at your office.
p.s. There is also the Grimm fable of Stone Soup, which is similar yet has its own set of traditions. You can read about it here.