by Charlene Merz
Around the middle of December I received a call from Amy, from Sisters' Camelot Mobile Food Share organization. The host place they had scheduled for the next day cancelled and they were looking for an emergency place to distribute food and they wanted to know if they could come to Parkway. I said "Sure!". They came the next day and brought an abundance of free fresh and canned organic food and anyone could come and get some. I didn't know much about this program, but loved it immediately and had a nice conversation with Amy (one of the main volunteers) and I'd like to share what I learned with you.
Sisters' Camelot's main belief is "Random Acts of Kindness", therefore anyone can come and receive food. No proof of income or paperwork has to be filled out. All they ask is that recipients only take what they can use.
Because there is a great need for food to feed the hungry, Sisters' Camelot moves around the Minneapolis neighborhoods so they can equally distribute the food they receive. They stay at a host place for a few months and then move on to another area.
Unlike many meal programs, Sisters' Camelot receives few donations from foundations or government. Its tiny $130,000 annual budget comes from fundraisers and the footwork of dozens of canvassers who go door to door seeking donations. The only paid staff is the driver of the bus or truck. They are collectively managed by 6-8 people, but have 50 - 70 volunteers throughout the year. The average amount of food they distribute is 1.7 million pounds a year. They will be back to Parkway. Watch our Facebook page and help get the word out! Thanks everyone!