CAER Food Shelf in Elk River had a goal of raising $50,000 and receiving 50,000 pounds of food donations during the Minnesota FoodShare Campaign.

When the campaign concluded April 11, the organization not only reached its goal but far exceeded it.

Due to the strong community support, $147,594 and 88,152 pounds of food were donated to the CAER Food Shelf’s annual fundraiser. Since the contributions came during the Minnesota FoodShare campaign, CAER will receive a proportional match distributed by Greater Minneapolis Community Connections.

“We were unsure of asking for schools and churches to participate in food drives, since they had so many of their own logistical challenges to deal with through COVID,” said CAER Executive Director Heather Kliewer.

“But they, along with so many in this community, came through for CAER in a huge way!” Kliewer said. “We are so incredibly grateful for the support we continue to feel from so many.”

Donations came from individuals, businesses, and schools as well as religious and community organizations focused on fighting hunger.

“Bad luck and hard times can look a lot different depending on the scenario,” a CAER client shared. “Fortunately, there are good-hearted people living in every corner of our town who don’t need to see the faces or know the names of their neighbors in order to help them. Thank you for making a huge difference in my world.”

Community Aid of Elk River, or CAER, is a nonprofit organization that provides food as well as financial assistance for shelter and utilities.

For more information visit or call 763-441-1020.

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