Quick Facts

During the past year

  • The number of households served increased to more than 4,400.
  • Almost 1,000 new families were added to the client rolls.
  • Clients turned to Care for Real for food almost 17,000 times.
  • CFR distributed almost 60,000 pounds of food each month.
  • Our driver logged more than 1,500 miles each month and picked up over 30,000 pounds of donated food each month.
  • More than 70 active volunteers worked an average of 900 hours a month…the equivalent of having another five full time staff members.

Special Services

  • Care for Real is one of the few sources of free clothing for those in need. Our clothes closet served more than 70 families each week.
  • We gave away special food baskets for Eid, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • More than 300 students received backpacks and school supplies in September.
  • Our clothing give-away provided winter coats, gloves, etc. to newly arrived refugees and others in need.
  • At Christmas, more than 600 children received gifts thanks to Care for Real donors.
  • Case management ensured that each client receives monthly counseling, support and, when necessary, referrals to specialized services.

Our Suppporters

  • More than 100 people donated to or walked for Care for Real at the Greater Chicago Food Depository's annual Hunger Walk.
  • We received ongoing support from Trader Joe's Lincoln Park; Dominick's on Broadway and on McCormick Blvd.; Whole Foods stores in Evanston, Sauganash and Halsted and Waveland; Flourish Bakery; Intelligentsia Coffee; Starbuck's Coffee; True Nature Foods; Little Sisters of the Poor; Kim's Hardware; Value Services Auto Repair; Clark-Devon Hardware and Rickover Naval Academy Students.
  • A new program, Chef's Care for Real, was launched. Restaurants donated a portion of their gross receipts on a given evening to CFR. Participants included Antica Pizzeria, Broadway Cellars, Francesca's and Uncommon Ground. St. Andrew's Pub and Bananas Foster also are regular contributors.
  • Neighbors started "Pack the Car" to make it easier for people to donate to Care for Real.
  • That Little Mexican Café has provided Thanksgiving dinners to more than 200 Care for Real clients.
  • Edgewater religious institutions continued to be major supports, holding food drives, benefits and special events to support CFR.

Fiscal Reality

  • We provided food, clothing, case management and referral services to more than 4,400 families with a paid staff of only four full-time equivalent employees.
  • 90% of expenses go to direct client services, an excellent rating according to the National Charities Information Bureau, the watchdog of charitable organizations.
  • Expenses in the first six months of 2010 were actually 8% less than in 2009.
  • BUT, contributions during the same period were down by almost 30%.
  • We have had to draw on our cash reserves to meet the ever-increasing client load.
  • We have outgrown our present facility and will need to move to a larger space in 2011.


Care for Real   5339 N. Sheridan Rd.  Chicago, IL  60640  (773) 769-6182

info@careforreal.org