Care N Share Café Celebrates serving 100,000 meals since 2008.
Requesting Donations to continue the mission.
Web posted July 10, 2018
The Community Care N Share Café began 2008 when several individuals recognized a growing local population of individuals in need. The program began in a church kitchen but was discontinued for one year until a building addition was completed with a commercial kitchen. The Care N Share Café is its own 501c3 and is located in the fellowship hall at the Wesleyan Church in Emily. Most food comes from Second Harvest Food Bank located in Grand Rapids and funding is from private donations and grants from the United Way, Essentia Health / St. Joseph Foundation and Crow Wing Power Round-Up Program.
The Care N Share Café is run by volunteers and has served over 100,000 meals since its start in 2008 and they look forward to many years of continued service. The Café currently serves within a 25 mile radius of Emily, including the towns of Emily, Crosby, Crosslake, Outing, Merrifield, Fifty Lakes, Pequot Lakes, Palisade and Pine River. Meals are still provided free every Wednesday night (except on holidays). Volunteers come from the surrounding areas also including Crosslake Lutheran, St. Emily’s Catholic church, Emily United Methodist, Hill Top Chapel in Palisade, and the Wesleyan Church in Emily.
Over one hundred fifty meals are delivered every week to veterans, homebound and community members who may be unable to gather at the fellowship hall for a meal. In addition to the delivered meals, over 100 meals are served at the Care N Share Cafe from 5- 6 pm. where folks can drop in and enjoy a free meal with their neighbors and share events of their day in fellowship with each other.
The volunteer board for Care N Share Café has determined that we need additional donations beyond our normal budget to fund a Certified Food Manager (CFM). The CFM is required to meet Minnesota Department of Health regulations. We have relied on a volunteer CFM to date, but find that the situation has changed and we must now pay a CFM.
Your donations can be sent directly to Care N Share PO BOX 354 Emily, MN 56447-0354 Thank you for helping us continue our mission.
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