McCoy’s 5K to raise a glass for CAER food shelf

by Joni Astrup

Associate editor

When McCoy’s Pub in Elk River hosted its first 5K last St. Patrick’s Day to benefit the CAER food shelf, nearly 300 people showed up. Many were decked out in green to celebrate the holiday.

Last year's 5K drew a crowd of green-clad runners.
Last year’s 5K drew a crowd of green-clad runners. (Star News file photo)

Fred McCoy is back with another 5K this year to raise more money for CAER. March is Minnesota FoodShare Month and CAER has a drive going on all month, seeking food and monetary donations.

The second annual McCoy’s Pub 5K Fun Run and Walk begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 16 in downtown Elk River. Check in and registration will begin at 8 a.m. Participants can also register online at

How to give to CAER

The CAER food shelf in Elk River has a goal of raising 125,000 in dollars and/or pounds of food this month.

CAER Executive Director Carmen Pouliot offers these suggestions for ways to help.

•Drop off food or monetary donations to CAER during service hours, which are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 6-8 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Or, mail checks to CAER, 19279 Watson St., Elk River, Minn. 55330. Checks should be made out to Community Aid Elk River.

•Donate online at via PayPal or through GiveMN at

•Buy a prepackaged bag of groceries for CAER at Cub Foods and Coborn’s in Elk River. Both stores also have barrels out for food donations to CAER.

•Donate cash or food to CAER at any of The Bank of Elk River’s locations.

About Minnesota FoodShare Month

What is Minnesota FoodShare Month? Here’s more about it, according to CAER.

Each March, through the support of Minnesota FoodShare’s Food Fund Incentive and Alan Shawn Feinstein’s $1 Million National Campaign to End Hunger, any donation made to CAER is multiplied many times over.

Last year, CAER raised $80,000 and 35,000 pounds of food during the March campaign. CAER then received an additional $23,218 in matching funds. Since CAER can stretch a $1 donation into $10 worth of purchasing power, the net result was more than $1 million in food support for the hungry in the greater Elk River community.

Financial donations are particularly effective because CAER is able to purchase food directly from the Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank at deep discounts. For example, CAER is able to get a gallon of milk for 85 cents, a dozen eggs for 28 cents, spaghetti sauce for 36 cents a jar and canned corn for just 13 cents.