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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Environment, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs

Mission: Sisters’ Camelot is a collectively run 501c3 non-profit organization working to promote sustainability, strengthen community, and raise awareness about food justice. As an organization, we model a way to unconditionally share free healthy food in our communities.

Results: Since 1997 we've distributed million of pounds of fresh organic produce to hungry folks in low-income neighborhoods in the Twin Cities

Target demographics: Feed the Hungry, Inspire the World

Direct beneficiaries per year: tens of thousands of hungry people with organic groceries, thousands with free organic meals, and hundreds with volunteer opportunities to connect with and help their community.

Geographic areas served: Low-income neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, MN

Programs: Sisters' Camelot has been sharing free organic and locally grown produce in the Twin Cities since 1997, through our Mobile Organic Food Share program. Each week we pick up 6-8000 pounds of fresh unsold produce from organic distribution warehouse, and share it for free in low-income neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. We share out of a brightly painted former MetroTransit bus, making stops at different community organization, busy intersections, and neighborhood parks. We meet people, discuss good nutrition, and share food. After sharing, cardboard boxes are recycled and overripe produce is composted at our community garden, with minimal waste going into the waste stream. Our community garden on Chicago Ave S at 36th street grows fresh herbs and vegetables that we share with our community, neighbors, and volunteers. As an experiment in urban permaculture, our community garden provides an outdoor classroom for the community to work together and learn together. Our goal is to help people discover that by gardening and working with the soil, they too can grow healthy food to sustain their community. Food waste and organic material is composted at our garden, creating rich organic soil and renewing city land. Our Mobile Kitchen is a renovated Bluebird bus with a state-of-the-art whole foods kitchen. Our kitchen bus provides a uniquely experiential learning environment for people to become comfortable cooking with unfamiliar vegetables in unfamiliar quantities and to build community by preparing meals with and for one another. We cook together, and share for free with our community. Being mobile allows us to serve around the Twin Cities, and at different community events.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sister's Camelot does tons of good for my community distributing free organic food. Fresh Produce even!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They just pick up and give out organic food before it just gets tossed. Grass-roots organization that simply wants to share healthy produce!

3 Kathleen114

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Unfortunately, the first I have heard of this non-profit organization was when a volunteer came to my house soliciting for donations and the transaction was less than pleasant to say the least. As it started off positive and the lady was pleasant as she showed me pictures and told me the good they were doing in the community. As I was in my yard and did not have cash on me, I was honestly interested in finding out more as I had never heard of Sisters' Camelot and wanted to learn how I could possibly support them with funds. Well I asked her if she had a brochure and she explained the cost/value of handing out flyers. Made sense, I thought, I totally understood the logic. However, I live in a home in uptown that gets a lot of pedestrian traffic and come Spring, I literally have people come to my door at least twice a week fundraising. I did make the mistake in mentioning that I wanted to just know that this is reputable by looking at a website... perhaps? She then walked away upset and said that she was going to ask some of my neighbors who cared??? And, I probably needed the money more to fix my ass-broken yard?"" What!!! Let's just say it went downhill from there. I'm sure your organization does wonderful work. However, I think that this woman who is currently representing your company by fundraising is a poor representation and I would seriously rethink having her fundraising by herself.... or better yet.. fund her some anger management courses. On the bright side, I sure do know about your organization now...

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has given free organic food to the Minneapolis area for over 19 years. Working primarily with a volunteer staff, all of the cultures of Minneapolis come through the
bus on a regular basis. This organization no longer focuses on canvasing. Unlike other non profits in the area whose main focus is on profit and status. This organization has given millions of pounds of free organic food to the poorest in the Twin Cities.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sidters' Camelot is delivering ever-increasing volumes of food to neighborhoods around Lake/Nicollet, Franklin/Bloomington and at the community garden on S. Chicago and 35th thanks to the hard work and dedication of volunteers in the community.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Please, avoid giving to this organization at all costs. When their fundraising staff formed a union in the Spring of 2013 Sisters Camelot's managing collective responded by refusing to negotiate, and then firing a worker in retaliation. They later engaged the services of a right-wing union busting lawyer.

Review from Guidestar

2 Shuge M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

the anti-union review here perpetuating baseless lies about one of the union members can be cleared up pretty well by watching this video from the union's public forum on march 26

video from sunday's open house. right at about 30 minutes into it all the allegations against me are clearly explained and cleared up:
http://bambuser.com/v/3467819

4 fullyhuman

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hey - I saw the review below and felt a need to post. The review below is uninformed, at best, and misleading at worst. The "union" formed by the canvassers - who are independent contractors, by the way, and can't be "hired", "fired", or unionize under current federal and state law - is headed by a deadbeat dad in the community with a chip on his shoulder against the organization from past interpersonal conflicts. I know his 5 year old son's mom personally and well, and I am well aware that a main reason he was interested in rejoining Sisters Camelot's canvas crew was to be able to *continue* to evade paying a dime of child support for his son due to their independent contractor status, versus facing inevitable wage garnishment as an employee elsewhere. As well, the "union" chose to strike within an hour of serving their largely unreasonable and untutored "demands" - which they served first, never with an intent to negotiate in good faith. Bad faith has been exercised on their part throughout, examples abound if requested.

Sisters' Camelot is a group of well-meaning, hard-working, doing-their-damndest folks who are presently being hit with either a massively immature and remarkably untutored wave of infighting and smear campaigning in the form of an a-legal "strike", or a well-executed effort by a resentful and egotistical man to try to cause this effective, important, community-strengthening organization to seemingly self-destruct. Neither of these is a reason I would stop donating - in fact, I am more interested in contributing to their cause than I ever have been before.

4 Jim_53

Donor

Rating: 1

Don't get me wrong. Sisters' Camelot does wonderful work - distributing free organic food in impoverished neighborhoods in Minneapolis. You should consider them supporting, just not right now (now being March of 2013).

Why not now, you ask? Sisters' Camelot hires door to door canvassers to raise money for their organization. For reasons to detailed to go into here, those canvassers have formed a union. Sisters' Camelot's response was, initially, to refused to negotiate and then to fire one of their canvassers for organizing a union.

Any donations to Sisters' Camelot right now is a conscious decision to be involved in union busting. Please, if you want to support their work contact them and let them know that you'll support their organization once they rehire the fired canvassers and negotiate with the union.

Note that below I state that I will definitely donate to this organization again. That is true - AFTER the strike is over.

Review from Guidestar