While bracing for farm bill, CAER crafts partnership

While bracing for farm bill, CAER crafts partnership


n Nine restaurants in Elk River, Otsego and Zimmerman will help raise money


Nine restaurants in Elk River, Otsego and Zimmerman want you to eat out during the month of October.

Not only for their sake, but to raise money for Community Aid Elk River, the local food shelf for the area communities.

According to Carmen Pouliot, CAER’s executive director, this is the first time that CAER has approached restaurants in the area to hold a special contribution night just for CAER.

Submitted photo Carmen Pouliot in her office at CAER. She is the food shelf’s new executive director.

Submitted photo
Carmen Pouliot in her office at CAER. She is the food shelf’s executive director.

“We know that there is a significant reduction in food support on the horizon if Congress adopts the current Farm Bill, which cuts $40 billion in food support monies,” Pouliot said.

CAER experienced a 56 percent increase in the number of people seeking food support during the recession that began in 2008.

If Congress decides to cut food support, CAER officials said they expect to see another increase in the number of families needing help to feed their children.

“We want to be ready to fill that gap,” Pouliot said.

Each establishment involved in the CAER drive will donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to CAER. From there, CAER will increase that contribution 10-fold.

“CAER can leverage each dollar donated to us into $10 worth of groceries,” Pouliot said. “This is such an easy way for members of the community to donate to CAER and, at the same time, patronize our local businesses. It’s a win-win proposition for everyone – CAER, local businesses and the hungry in our communities.”

Each participating restaurant has chosen its own day and time for the fundraising effort; some require the “Dine Out for CAER” flier and/or a special coupons and others only require a customer to mention that they are dining for CAER.

Download your “Dine Out for CAER” flier at www.caerfoodshelf.org or visit CAER on Facebook.

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