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Care For Real Awarded Funding To Help Expand New Rogers Park Program

Care For Real has long been Edgewater’s support lifeline for those needing essentials such as food, clothing and even job support. Now it has been learned that the organization has been selected to receive a large grant to also help feed our neighbors to the North.

When the pandemic hit last year shutting down the nation’s economy, Care For Real (CFR) stepped up its services to meet a growing demand in the Edgewater area. Then when a call for help came from the Rogers Park neighborhood as well,  they took on the challenge as a growing problem of food insecurity started to increase in both communities.

Opening a pop-up pantry located within the United Church of Rogers Park (1545 W Morse) last May, CFR’s mission to provide fresh groceries to those in need became reality for residents in the 49th Ward as well. As the Rogers Park pop-up pantry’s success proved to be vital for the area, the program caught the eye of the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). 

When it came time to select local organizations to receive a portion of $2.6 million in funding from a GCFD Capacity Building Grant Program, Edgewater’s CFR food pantry was an ideal candidate. Created to ensure that emergency food systems would remain strong during the current health crisis in communities suffering from racial disparities, Edgewater’s food pantry was among 27 area organizations that will divide the money to help sustain their efforts.

With the number of diverse households needing assistance in Rogers Park remaining high, the funds will allow CFR to continue their mission there. In fact, an additional day of services was recently announced to help feed a growing list of clients.

“This grant opportunity award allows Care for Real to more fully demonstrate our commitment to the Rogers Park community,” said CFR Executive Director Gregory Gross. “We will continue to do our part, in collaboration with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, to build a more equitable and just food system that works for all.” 

News on additional services CFR will offer in the Roger Park neighborhood (including those for Spanish speaking clients) will be announced soon. 

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