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About Cass Lake Area Food Shelf

Cass Lake Area Food Shelf knows that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by but, most notably, through the actions of our initiatives.


We are an organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support. Our non-profit organization realized that by working together, we could overcome our challenges much more efficiently.


Cass Lake Area Food Shelf was established in 2013 as a 501(c)(3), has been serving the community for over 20 years now.

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CLAFS Vision Statement

To provide sustenance to our community when needed, with integrity, in a supportive and compassionate way.

CLAFS Mission Statement

The CLAFS has a fiduciary responsibility to the community to keep operating costs low so that we may spend most of the funding on food for the community. It is our responsibility to provide food security, directly or indirectly, to people in the Cass Lake area to help in our belief that no one goes hungry regardless of age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, creed, or disability. We are committed to making our community a better place through our mission and programs, and our primary focus is to ensure access to healthy and nutritious food for anyone who needs our support and assistance.

CLAFS Board of Directors

Beth Timmins - Chair

Tye Clark - Vice Chair

Heather Broda - Secretary

Mandie Aalto - Treasurer

Chris Bedeau - Board Member

Ann Tibbetts - Board Member

Nita Brown - Food Shelf Coordinator

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CLAFS Core Values

  • We provide a service that goes above and beyond expectations – We meet community members where they are to provide comprehensive, comfortable, and culturally sensitive service to our community needs.

  • We value our volunteers, employees & board members – We create a safe, nurturing & compassionate space for teamwork. We foster solid bonds and transparency to serve our community to the best of our ability with strong values, integrity, and compassion.

  • We come through for each other – We strive for balance, which means we show up for one another and pitch in when help is needed, overcoming challenges as a team and following through on our commitments. We are fluid and embrace change.

  • We practice gratitude – We come to work and are thankful for the opportunity to serve our community and what we learn and do for one another.

  • We create a sense of belonging – We create an environment where staff feel part of the community. 

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