The Care For Real Food Pantry

This year the Chi-Town Jazz Festival has chosen Care for Real again as one of the recipients of our fundraising efforts. Care for Real was established in 1970 by Rev. William Johnson of the Epsicopal Church of the Atonement, Rabbi Herman Schaalman of Emanuel Congregation and other members of the Edgewater Clerical Rabbinical Association. This organization, which is now known as the Edgewater Community Religious Association (ECRA), wanted to provide emergency help to victims of fires in “Arson Alley,” the Kenmore-Winthrop corridor between Foster and Devon. It was intended to be a short-term solution to a specific problem. However, it soon became clear that there was a need in Edgewater for an ongoing safety net for neighbors in need. Today Care for Real is the safety net for the entire Edgewater community.

Care For Real Food PantryClients can come to Care for Real once a month for staple food items…rice, beans, peanut butter, etc. Plus, they can come up to four times a week for the fresh produce and bread that is so generously donated by neighborhood groceries and bakeries. Yet the average CFR client “shops” for staples at the pantry just seven times a year. CFR is their safety net during especially hard times.

On average, CFR distributes almost 60,000 pounds of food each month. We purchase most of our staple foods from the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Local retailers, including Costco, 7-11, Aldi’s, Swedish Bakery, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, True Nature Foods and Panera Cares, regularly donate produce and bakery goods. And the community supports Care for Real with individual donations and food drives sponsored by houses of worship, schools, businesses, block clubs and residential buildings.

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First Whole Note Sponsor Steps Up!

Chi-Town Jazz Festival Founder, Fr. John Moulder, accepts the first Whole Note Sponsorship check at 2016 Kick-Off event, presented by Natalie Lake from Orthopaedic Specialists of the NorthShore.
Chi-Town Jazz Festival Founder, Fr. John Moulder, accepts the first Whole Note Sponsorship check at 2016 Kick-Off event, presented by Natalie Lake from Orthopaedic Specialists of the NorthShore.

Our great winter jazz event, The Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago, started with over 60 Sponsors, volunteers, and friends attending a kick-off event  in corporate offices high above the madding crowd in downtown Chicago. Composer, pianist, and Jazz Department Chair at Merit School, Steve Million, brought a quintet of exceptional young musicians to play favorite jazz standards during the evening. We reviewed last year’s successful mission which brought the total of money raised for hunger relief during our Festival’s lifetime to over $132,000. We watched brief videos and heard reports that summarize the work of nonprofit recipients who benefit from our efforts. The view and food were spectacular, our corporate hosts were gracious, volunteers signed up to help out at the various venues where the Festival will take place, and we recognized the continued generosity of a long-time, continuing Whole Note Sponsor.

We are just getting started. There will be raffles, T-Shirts, and some of the best jazz performances anywhere in the country. Hear one of Tony Bennett’s favorite pianists, Bruce Barth and MacArthur Award recipient, Reginald Robinson to name just two of the exceptional musical artists who are donating their time and talent for the cause.

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Focus On Feeding The Hungry

This year, as we have in the past, we’ll be serving dinner for hungry guests at one of the centers in Chicago. Here is a link to how it looked last year, provided by Ellen Kobe from Northwestern University’s Medill School

Catholic Charities kicks off Jazz Fest with supper for hungry

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Whatever you do, whatever you give…thank you, thank you for your support and commitment toward hunger relief in Chicago.

Save the 2016 Dates! Support the Cause.

HeaderLogo_550pxThe Festival operates through the generosity of many people—musicians who share their talents, our all-volunteer staff who donate their time, Chicago’s most loved jazz venues that donate their space, and leading Chicago institutions that donate tickets and other services—that all come together to raise funds to help those who hunger in Chicago. Your donations will help feed those who hunger through the works of Catholic Charities, Care for Real, and Top Box Foods.

Back by popular demand, we will be raffling off a pair of tickets for the next Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series at Chicago’s historic Orchestra Hall which includes almost a dozen evenings featuring today’s most acclaimed and innovative jazz artists. Raffle tickets will only be available at the performances. And, again, proceeds will help provide hunger relief in Chicago.

FINAL SCHEDULE & PRESS RELEASE

BUY ADVANCE TICKETS for many venues right here

To learn how YOU can volunteer, make a donation, or become a sponsor please contact us. Also, please “Like” and “Share” our Facebook page: chitownjazzfestival.

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Whatever you do, whatever you give…thank you, thank you for your support and commitment toward hunger relief in Chicago.