Monthly Numbers

The rise in client intake that we’ve been experiencing continues with last month being one of the busiest November in years. We provided food assisting 5,113 individuals from 2,967 households. Another 594 households visited our recently renovated clothing shop. 54 new households were registered – primarily seniors turning to us for the very first time. And, thanks to Patti C. and the awesome team from Bark Bark Club over 300 pets received pet food and supplies from our beloved Pet Pantry Program. We are so grateful for our dedicated volunteers and all those who support Care for Real as we strive to provide the highest level of free programs and services for our neighbors in need.


Holiday Donation Cards

Our annual holiday donation cards are a beloved long-time tradition at Care for Real. All Cards are 5×7 and come with an envelope. Cards are available for pick up at Care for Real as supplies last. Suggested donations are $5, $10, or $25 per card. Each card will come with an insert informing the recipient of how many meals your donation will help provide for a neighbor in need. Reserve your cards today!

E-mail richard@careforreal.org or call (773.769.6182 ex. 116). Cards are available for pick up Monday – Friday 9 am – 3:30 pm thru December 23. Please ask for Richard or Mustafa.


During this season of giving consider those who won’t have much for the holidays. Take a look at all of the drives happening throughout Chicago. We are also seeking financial support to ensure every family we serve has a happy holiday. Consider giving HERE.

Now thru December 16, The Shops at North Bridge will be hosting a Toy Drive on behalf of Care for Real.

A BIG “Thank You” to our friends at the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce for being an incredible partner and helping us host toy drives at over 30 local businesses. This year when shopping locally for the holidays consider giving a gift to a family in need. Click the image below to the list of the businesses hosting toy drive donations.


Shake Shack is a champion of our mission. All 9 Chicago area locations are hosting Care for Real Drives. All donors receive a free Shackburger!

See Edgeville Buzz’s article about Shake Shacks donation drives here.

Click on the images below to see more details and locations that will be hosting donation drop off points.




News from Care for Real

2019 Annual Report 

Financial Information     

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