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Join us for #GivingTuesdayNow with Care for Real


Care for Real is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow on Tuesday, May 5th. We ask you to join in and donate to our organization. Our need is extraordinary and it is critical that our neighbors and friends come together and support those who suffer from hunger. 

#GivingTuesdayNow is an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. It is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity – to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and to heal physically and mentally.  

“#GivingTuesdayNow recognizes those who so generously give their time and their dollars to support missions like Care for Real. We are honored to be a part of the event as we unite to assist our neighbors in need,” stated Executive Director Lyle Allen.  

Here are some of the ways the Care for Real community can support us on May 5th:

  • Visit our home page on Tuesday, May 5th to see the impact of #GivingTuesdayNow contributions
  • Make a donation to provide meals to your neighbors in need. Donations can be made early starting today towards our meals total for GivingTuesdayNow
  • Share your story of why you support Care for Real on social media
  • Send a video, photo, drawing or written thank you to Care for Real through e-mail to be shared with our volunteers and staff

Thank you for joining us for #GivingTuesdayNow at Care for Real!








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Donating Your Stimulus Check to Fight the Coronavirus






Donating Your Stimulus Check to Fight the Coronavirus

As stimulus checks hit bank accounts this week, we see the same question popping up in neighborhood groups, “Where can I donate my $1,2000 stimulus check locally where it will do the most good?”

Generously, those who still have a steady income despite the coronavirus epidemic, and don’t need the stimulus, want to use this “found money” to help others. At the same time, they want to be sure the funds go to an organization that will use the money wisely to provide the basic needs of those who impacted by the coronavirus

For 49 years, Care for Real has been providing food, clothing and support services to people on the north side of Chicago.

For every $1 donated, 97¢ goes directly to support the food pantry and other services. That $1 will provide enough food to a person to make 4 meals. A $5 dollar donation will feed a person for a week. And the $1200 stimulus check? It will feed a family of four for a full year.

Care for Real operates a huge food pantry program that provides nearly 1.2 million pounds annually to neighbors from all over Chicago, including Andersonville, Edgewater, Rogers Park, and Uptown. The number of people coming to Care for Real for the first time has doubled since the pandemic hit and layoffs began. We have been able to meet this demand thanks to the generous donations from the community. Even a small gift from a stimulus check can make an incredible impact on our ability to continue to help our neighbors.

 Take a look at all the ways Care for Real helps our neighbors in need through challenging times:

The best way to support Coronavirus relief in Edgewater and Andersonville is by giving directly to those organizations providing support like Care for Real. To donate directly to hunger relief on the north side of Chicago, please click here.    

“Everything Will Be OK” Project

“Everything Will Be OK” Project








We are so excited to partner with The Lytle House and Pizzeria Aroma on the “Everything Will Be Ok” project.

The Lytle House Art Initiative is launching Phase II of their “Everything Will Be OK” project to complement their large scale art installation near Broadway and Catalpa.

“Everything Will Be OK” yard signs purchased directly from Pizzeria Aroma for pickup or delivery will have 100% of the proceeds go to Care For Real. The signs are for sale for $20.

Order some pizza for the family, pop the sign in your yard or window, and please help us in spreading this message of hope while raising money for our neighbors who are in need.

The easiest way to order from Pizzeria Aroma is via phone at (773) 769-4900.

CARES Act Increases Deductions for Charitable Contributions

CARES Act Increases Deductions for Charitable Contributions

To encourage more charitable giving during this challenging time, the recently enacted government stimulus bill (the “CARES Act”) provides some additional tax relief for donors. This makes it easier to give and save at the same time. 

  • Expanded charitable giving incentive – The CARES Act creates a new partial above-the-line deduction for cash contributions up to $300 to certain charitable organizations for taxpayers that elect not to itemize deductions.

  • The 60 percent Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) limits do not apply to individuals for contributions made in cash during 2020.

  • The limit for contributions from corporations increase from 10 percent of taxable income to 25 percent. These changes would not apply to contributions to a supporting organization or a Donor Advised Fund.  

March 27th COVID-19 Update

Dear Friends,
Our heartfelt thanks for your support of Care for Real over the last two weeks. We are in awe of your generosity. Your contributions are critical for those who are food insecure and rely upon Care for Real for their daily nutrition.
Care for Real is committed to staying open with normal food distribution hours throughout the COVID-19 epidemic. Our extraordinary staff and volunteer force are working incredibly hard making certain our hungry neighbors have food during this difficult time. Like you, we are resolute and reliable.
Elizabeth, a Care for Real food pantry client, was interviewed by ABC 7 this past Saturday and shared a feeling echoed by many of our clients, “Cuts in income, cuts in hours, cuts in resources…this place is dependable.” This is who we help. This is who we are.
Care for Real’s needs continue to surge as the economic impact of COVID-19 escalates. Last week our primary concern was having sufficient cleaning and disinfecting supplies, bags and food for our usual number of pantry visitors. This week our challenge is helping the ever-increasing numbers turning to us. In the last ten days, we have registered more clients than we typically do in one month. This far exceeds our expectations.
Who is coming to our door? They are restaurant servers and salesclerks, hairdressers and yoga teachers, day care workers and consultants whose contracts have been pulled. They are our neighbors who are without income to purchase groceries and are facing food insecurity for the first time. They are the ‘new hungry’. 
We are preparing for a worst-case scenario (such as a staff member on our small team contracting the virus) to ensure that everything continues to run smoothly. We also retained a professional company to clean and sanitize the pantry throughout the week, and there is no end to the janitorial and disinfection supplies needed. Food? There is simply not enough fresh produce and healthy food options to give to everyone. This is compounded by that fact that we are not currently able to accept in-kind donations from the community.
Care for Real is rising to the challenge, and we hope you will join us to meet the increasing need in our very own community. 

Coronavirus Response Fund

Coronavirus Response Fund

Thank you to Block Club Chicago for sharing about the Coronavirus Response Fund started by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and the 48th Ward Office. The funds will help residents of Edgewater, Andersonville and Uptown deal with the coronavirus outbreak. We are so grateful for our community stepping up and supporting Care for Real and our neighbors in need.