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Services and Programs

Food Pantry

Monthly Staples and More  Clients can come to Care for Real once a month for staple food items...rice, beans, peanut butter, etc. Plus, they can come up to four times a week for the fresh produce and bread that is so generously donated by neighborhood groceries and bakeries. Yet the average CFR client "shops" for staples at the pantry just seven times a year. CFR is their safety net during especially hard times.

On average, CFR distributes almost 60,000 pounds of food each month. We purchase most of our staple foods from the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Local retailers, including Dominick's, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Intelligentsia Coffee, Starbuck's Coffee, True Nature Foods and Flourish Bakery, regularly donate produce and bakery goods. And the community supports Care for Real with individual donations and food drives sponsored by houses of worship, schools, businesses, block clubs and residential buildings.

Purchased food is selected for variety, nutrition and with respect for religious beliefs and ethnic preferences. For the homeless, CFR distributes specially packaged foods that do not require refrigerated storage, can openers or cooking. In addition, Care for Real provides special food baskets for Thanksgiving, Eid al-Fitr and Christmas to make those holidays brighter for our neighbors.

We also provide children's diapers and cleaning and personal-hygiene products as well as home health care items (canes, adult incontinence items, skin care, etc.) when they are available

Care for Real Clothes Closet

Care for Real runs a clothes closet that distributes "gently used" donated clothing free of charge to clients. A special effort is made to have warm coats, hats, scarves and gloves available for needy neighborhood school children. Last year, approximately 300 children received the clothes they needed to make it through the winter. These children also received backpacks and school supplies at the start of the academic year

Counseling Services

At Care for Real, we strive to help the entire family and provide case management, counseling and referral services. This is a critical part of getting these families back on their feet


Locations and Hours

Please note change of hours effective Nov. 1, 2013


Food Pantry Location

5341 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago IL

Food Distribution Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday : 9:00 am– Noon
Friday : 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Monthly food distribution only)
Effective Friday Nov. 1: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Monthly food distribution only)
Saturday : 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Clothes Closet Location

5341 N. Sheridan Rd
Chicago IL


Clothing Distribution Hours

Monday, Wednesday: 10:30 am – Noon
Thursday: 9:00 am – 12 Noon
Friday : 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Effective Friday Nov. 1: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday : 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Administrative Offices

5339 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 769-6182
info@careforreal.org

Administrative Office Hours

Monday through Friday : 9:00 am– 4:00 pm





Donations are accepted at the rear of our building from 9:00 am to 3:45 pm weekdays and 9:00 am to 12:45 pm Saturdays. Enter the driveway immediately north of 5341 N. Sheridan and proceed to the rear of the building. Our unloading area is located at the northernmost set of grey double doors. Please do not leave donations at the door when the office is closed.


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

info@careforreal.org