CAER (Community Action Elk River) has a campaign underway to raise 100,000 pounds/dolalrs for the local food shelf which serves Elk River, Otsego and Zimmerman, and it is nearing the half-way point. CAER is currently serving about 1,500 households in three communities.
As of last Wednesday, CAER had accounted for 44,602.93 dollars/pounds.
"We have a long way to go, but I still think we can get there," said Jenny Gray, the executive director of CAER.Last year it distributed more than 500,000 pounds of food valued at more than $1 million.
"That's quite amazing," Gray said.
The Elk River area has become known for its generosity to make this possible at CAER. CAER is a growing concern in the area. It is very successful, but still depends on the community to make it. So the organization is asking businesses, schools, churches and other community organizations to help meet the goal.
Every dollar and every pound of food donated helps draw matching funds through both Minnesota FoodShare and the Feinstein Foundation during the 29th annual statewide Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign.
Those who want to give money can mail a check made out to CAER to 19279 Watson St. N.W., Elk River, Minn., 55330, or drop off food at CAER when it is open. The last day to bring in donations to be counted for this year's drive is April 8.
CAER is able to get $9 worth of food with every dollar donated. CAER also provides emergency financial assistance so people can maintain or retain safe housing, rather than become homeless or have utilities shut off.
For more information, call 763-441-1020.