Emily May raising money for Sisters Camelot
Our mobile kitchen offers free community meals and delicious learning opportunities.
In addition to distributing 8,000 to 12,000 pounds of rescued organic produce each week in low-income neighborhoods around the Twin Cities as part of our Food Share program, Sisters' Camelot operates a renovated Bluebird bus equipped with a state-of-the-art whole foods kitchen. Over the past thirteen years, we've used our original kitchen bus to provide dozens of hot, fresh, completely free meals in neighborhoods and at community events. Just this past month, we finished our new kitchen bus and unveiled it at the annual BareBones Halloween Puppet Extravaganza, where we cooked five nights of meals for thousands of audience members. The new bus is longer than the original and provides space to cook with a larger group of people. Our kitchen bus provides a uniquely experiential learning environment for people to become comfortable cooking with unfamiliar vegetables and to build community by preparing meals with and for one another.
With our new, expanded kitchen bus, we will be able to realize our dreams of providing more hands-on community education relating to nutrition and food and working to strengthen local neighborhoods and communities with the sharing of lovingly-made, nourishing organic meals.
The successful completion of the initial phases of the project was a big investment for us, and community support is vital in implementing the next steps. In order to keep the kitchen bus operational through the winter, we are moving to a new space with heat and indoor bus storage, which means that our monthly rent will be increasing by approximately one third. In addition, we'd like to staff the kitchen bus project with a modestly paid ($10/hr) Program Coordinator who would double as cook for ten hours a week. Though we will be engaging in a separate fund raising campaign to equip our kitchen bus with cookware and supplies, we will need to make a few starter purchases to get the program off the ground. $10,000 will enable a minimal kitchen bus program to cook a meal a week for a year, providing hundreds of people with opportunities to learn about organic foods and how to use them to cook nutritious meals while simultaneously providing thousands more people with full bellies and rich, community-building experiences. By cooking meals in neighborhoods that we visit with our Food Share, we can give examples of how to use the kind of produce we distribute in ways that are both healthy and delicious.
Your support is vital in getting the wheels of our new kitchen bus turning and providing the good people of the Twin Cities with hot meals and warm hearts. Support us here at givemn.org or by mailing a check to:
2657 32nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
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