Care for Real Appoints New Executive Director

Care for Real Appoints New Executive Director








Chicago, IL, September 9… Care for Real, one of the largest food pantries in the Chicago area, has named Gregory D. Gross as its new executive director.

Gregory has devoted his life in service to others. He is coming to Care for Real from The Night Ministry where he most recently was Director of Learning and Impact. In this role, he directed institutional learning efforts, program and impact evaluation, research partnerships, and data collection and management. 


In making the announcement, Nancy Meyerson, Chair of Care for Real’s Board of Directors, stated, “Gregory brings experience, vision, an analytical mind and a huge heart to Care for Real. Our Board of Directors conducted an extensive search for our new executive director, and we are confident he is the right person to move Care for Real forward. Food pantries are more critical than ever during these difficult times, and we must look at innovative ways to deliver as much food to as many people as possible. Gregory will position us to do that.”     

An ordained clergyperson in The United Methodist Church, Rev. Gross’s ministry has been one of inclusion, racial equity and interreligious service to all those on the margins of society. He earned master’s degrees at both the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and  

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston and has focused on multicultural urban leadership.  

A resident of the Edgewater community, where Care for Real is located, for the last ten years Rev. Gross received numerous awards for his work including the Child Advocate of the Year from United Voices for Children. He has served on the Boards of several religious and community organizations.   

“I am thrilled to be joining the staff and volunteers at Care for Real as we address the hunger and food insecurity of our neighbors. I have known of and supported Care for Real since I first moved to Edgewater and have long been impressed by their commitment to provide for those in need in our community. During this time of much uncertainty, Care for Real is needed now more than ever. With their expansion to serve those in Rogers Park this past Spring, they are now able to touch even more lives. This is an exciting time to become part of this vital work.”