Create Positive Change
Each time you shop at the co-op, you have a chance to directly support local nonprofits by donating your 10-cent reusable bag credits and rounding up your purchases to the nearest dollar. It may only be a few cents or spare change, but your generosity makes a huge impact — to the tune of over $10,000 each month for our Positive Change recipients!
August’s Positive Change recipient is Sisters’ Camelot, a collectively run nonprofit founded in 1997 that focuses on food justice, waste reduction, sustainable living, community building, and youth education. They rescue organic food to share free groceries and free meals with the community.
Sisters’ Camelot serves our community through two primary programs:
- Food Distribution: Sisters’ Camelot distributes approximately 8,000 pounds per week (200 tons per year) of mostly organic groceries in the Twin Cities. They vary distribution locations to serve people where they are, particularly in food deserts. Their partners include low-income housing, senior housing, substance-abuse programs, arts organizations, tribal/Indigenous organizations, cultural centers, churches, and more.
- The Sisters’ Camelot Kitchen Bus: Sisters’ Camelot serves free, healthy, prepared food from a vintage bus converted to a licensed commercial kitchen. The kitchen bus program imparts the value of cooking and eating together while nourishing individuals and the community. The bus participates in community events, has a continued presence at the George Floyd memorial, and moves around the cities serving unhoused people in encampments.
Donations collected at the registers will support twice-weekly grocery distributions. This will allow Sisters’ Camelot to rescue food that would otherwise be wasted and share thousands of pounds of organic groceries with hundreds of families in need.