Donate Cash to CAER

Remember for every $1 donated, CAER can obtain $10 worth of food!

CAER Food Shelf Hours

10 AM – 3 PM

Monday & Thursday Nights
6 PM – 8 PM


Contact CAER

19279 Watson Street, NW
(For GPS: 12701 Elk Lake Rd.)
Elk River, MN 55330
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Phone: 763-441-1020
Fax: 763-441-1377


Caer gladly accepts donations of food and seasonal clothing during business hours. Donations are accepted at CAER’s delivery door on the north side of the building. Please ring the doorbell for assistance.

Clothing donations limited to 3 bags of seasonal items.

Hunger knows no boundaries, has no age limits and it never takes a vacation! City or suburb, one in ten Minnesota families will go hungry tonight. More than 30 years ago, members of an Elk River ministerial association saw the need and established COMMUNITY AID ELK RIVER, often referred to simply as CAER or CAER Food Shelf, to assist people in the community who might need help with food and other basic necessities. Today, local churches, schools, youth groups, civic organizations, businesses and individuals are still joining hands in that effort.

CAER provides food and referrals or limited financial support for basic necessities to the residents of Elk River, Otsego and most of Zimmerman. Although not eligible for food, residents of Big Lake, Becker and Princeton can come to CAER for clothing and limited financial assistance.

CAER Programs

Currently, CAER offers the following programs:

• Monthly Food Assistance, including holiday meals

• Clothing

• Emergency Financial Assistance for shelter and utilities

• Children’s Programs: KIDZ KITZ (a supplemental summer food package), School Supplies (August), and Gifts Anonymous— a holiday toy collection and distribution program

• CAR CAER, assistance with minor car repairs or tires

Eligibility Requirements

To receive assistance from CAER, you must live within our service area and provide proof of residence—a postmarked item with name and address, dated within the past 30 days. Emergency financial assistance requires all applicants to first seek help through Sherburne or Wright County Health and Human Services.

Recent News & Upcoming Events

    • 7th Annual CAER Classic Golf Tournament We are excited to announce our upcoming CAER Classic Golf Tournament.  Get all the details & register HERE!  The post 7th Annual CAER Classic Golf Tournament appeared first on Caer Food Shelf.

    • CAER CLOSED FOR EASTER HOLIDAY In observance of the Easter Holiday, CAER will be closed Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18.  We will re-open on Monday, April 21 at 10:00 AM.  Best wishes for a Happy Easter!The post CAER CLOSED FOR EASTER HOLIDAY appeared first on Caer Food Shelf.

    • CAER EXCEEDS GOAL FOR MN FOODSHARE MONTH                                       “When CAER set this year’s goal of $125,000, we never anticipated that this community would just shatter it,” said Carmen Pouliot, CAER’s executive director.  “This year’s total is the most ever raised for CAER during March, more »The post CAER EXCEEDS GOAL FOR MN FOODSHARE MONTH appeared first on Caer Food Shelf.

    • TEST DRIVE FOR CAER AT THE BUSINESS EXPO! Earn $20 for CAER just by test driving a new Ford.  Ford Motor Co. and Cornerstone Auto Group will donate $20 to CAER for each person 18 or older who test drives a new Ford. (Limit one test drive per household.) No sales staff and no pressure to buy!  All you have to do is more »The post TEST DRIVE FOR CAER AT THE BUSINESS EXPO! appeared first on Caer Food Shelf.


Get ALL the latest news & even more info about upcoming events on CAER’s blog!