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Care For Real Food Pantry Partners With Whole Foods In Upcoming Fundraisers

WholeFoodsEnjoy the chance to try some new wines and sample tasty food while helping a good cause as part of a fundraiser to benefit Care for Real tomorrow from 4 to 7 p.m. at Whole Foods’ Edgewater, 6009 N. Broadway St.

A $12 donation will grant you two glasses of wine and delicious food items. The event will be held at the store’s wine bar near the wine and cheese section in the southwest corner of the store. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to help Care for Real purchase food for its clients. Care for Real, located at 5339 N. Sheridan Road, also seeks to provide clothing and counseling for its clients.

“This is a new campaign for Whole Foods, so we are the second not-for-profit partner that they selected to help with these Thursday fundraising events that take place in the store itself,” according to Lyle Allen, Care for Real’s executive director. “Since the launch of the store, Whole Foods has reached out to us in so many different arenas from fundraising efforts to special events. The in-kind donations that we receive from them every day have been instrumental in keeping up with the rising need here, and on top of that being able to provide healthier food options for our clients.”

He added that Whole Foods has been a long-term partner of Care for Real. The not-for-profit has relationships with four other Whole Foods locations, “but nothing that comes close to the significant partnership that we’ve established with this new Whole Foods in our very own neighborhood. They have truly embraced us, and I know they are always looking out for other ways that they can help us reach our clients.”

11703478_1010472602320732_5000239082380956703_oFor every $100 that Care for Real generates, the not-for-profit is able to purchase 1,000 pounds of food, Allen said. The organization now feeds 6,000 people per month with more than 100,000 pounds of food. Food distribution takes place in terms of dailies and monthlies. “Dailies” are open to anyone who needs assistance and include bread and baked goods, fresh produce, and other items that come through general donations. “Monthlies” are available for residents who live within the following boundaries: Foster north to Devon, and Western to Lake Shore Drive. These donations include basic pantry items, like canned goods, pasta, rice and other items that will likely hold a family over for two to three weeks at a time, Allen added.

Additionally, Whole Foods Edgewater has another ongoing program that helps Care for Real in other ways. Until Sept. 30, each time a customer uses a reusable bag as part of the “Every Dime Makes a Difference” program, they can choose to receive a 10-cent-per-bag refund, or they can donate that amount back to Care for Real.

“Every time counts,” Allen said.

Whole Foods Edgewater was unavailable to provide more information on the fundraiser.


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