Food and Clothing

Planning For Your Visit to Care for Real














Who:  Care for Real is open to anyone who is in need of food and clothing. Clients can visit one of our Care for Real pantries one time per week. 

When & Where: 
5339 N Sheridan Monday 4-7pm, Wednesday and Friday 9am – 12pm, & Saturday 9am – 1pm 
1545 W Morse Tuesday 12- 2pm
6921 N Ashland Thursday 4-6pm

What to Expect:   You will be greeted outside by a volunteer and will be checked in for your visit. Your food preferences will be recorded and we work to accommodate guest needs. For your first visit, it is helpful to bring an ID.

For guests who need to schedule a clothing closet visit, please ask to make a clothing appointment when you are registering for your grocery visit. The clothing closet is available by appointment to promote social distancing. 

What to Bring:

  • We recommend dressing for the weather as the line will be outside.
  • We try to give enough food to limit the need for frequent visits, so the use of a personal shopping cart can be helpful to assist in getting your groceries home. Large reusable shopping bags are also helpful.
  • Please wear a mask. 

How We Keep Our Clients Safe

We are following recommendations from the Illinois Department of Health and the CDC to ensure your safety:

  • Pre-packaged “grab and go” bags of food: this allows clients to receive food more quickly without needing to enter CfR.  
  • Social distancing: clients have enough room to space out at least 6 feet apart in line and do not enter the building to get food.  We rearranged our workspace inside CfR to give volunteers and staff more distance between one another as well. Clothing closet visits are by appointment only with just two guests per time slot.
  • Cleaning: our facility is cleaned and sanitized after every food distribution (4 times a week).
  • Health and Safety Practices:  All staff and volunteers are provided with masks and gloves as well as access to handwashing stations and hand sanitizer.  
  • Food Supply:  We are committed to keeping our shelves and coolers stocked to be able to provide all of our clients with an ample supply of groceries.