The mission of Care for Real is to help our neighbors in the Greater Edgewater community by providing free programs and services to those in need. We do this through on-site food distribution five times a week, deliveries to the homebound, a clothing closet, a library, a pet pantry, a case management program to help clients connect with other services they may need (financial, health, education, social services, and more) and an Employment Resource Center to help clients self stabilize and get back on their feet.
Care for Real is a Lifeline for All.
Our clients include seniors on fixed incomes that are unable to keep pace with inflation; folks who have lost their jobs or their overtime and can no longer make ends meet; refugees and immigrants who are trying to make a new start in this country; veterans; and, families who can't stretch their paychecks to cover all their food costs.
Clients are of every race, religion, age and educational background. Approximately 60% of those we help feed are either seniors or children under the age of 18.
Many of the people who come to Care for Real never thought they would be turning to a food pantry for help. Yet, since the end of 2007, CFR has increased almost seven times serving more than 30,000 households annually which translates to feeding over 62,000 individuals.
By helping our neighbors receive the food and clothing they need, we are fostering a stronger, healthier and more stable Edgewater community.
ProducePedia is a free resource that covers the types of fresh produce that can be delivered to food pantries. Each entry includes information on color, taste, and possible uses. People unfamiliar with the vegetable or fruit will learn how to use it, and those who are familiar with it still might learn a fun fact or two!
The Cooperative Extension sites have a wealth of information for any backyard gardener. Once you go to the site (each one if very different from the others) look for a link for “homes and gardens”, “landscape”, “consumer horticulture”, etc. to find information on improving your backyard garden. Neighboring state sites may offer information your own state’s site lacks.