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.