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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.