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Care for Real

Care For Real

  Care For Real is an Edgewater based community organization that works to help local families in need by providing them with food, clothing, and referral services. The organization distributes almost 60,000 pounds of food each month and works hard to make the Edgewater neighborhood stronger.

  Loyola University’s own Meagan Cook volunteers with Care For Real helping with their food distribution on Saturday mornings. For Meagan, that includes picking up the food from the stores (such as Trader Joe's and Whole Foods), organizing the food in the back room, and helping clients who come to the distribution days.

  After the organization assesses client needs based on applications, clients can receive various services including the food pantry, a clothing closet, and referral programs. Those who are approved for food distribution can come once a month to pick up staple items like cereal and canned goods, and once a week to get things like fruit and bread.

  On September 29th, Care For Real held their first annual Edge Walk to End Hunger to raise awareness of poverty in our community. It was a really great way to bring attention to all the great things that Care for Real is doing. Check out pictures from the walk here.

   For more information about what Care For Real is all about, visit their website.