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Walk to end hunger in Edgewater

Care for Real

We spend a lot of time talking about food here at Dining Chicago — celebrity chefs and elaborate dinners and luxurious restaurants — but we also remember that there are Chicagoans out there who can’t partake of that bounty, who don’t know where their next meal, however humble will come from. There is real hunger among us.

Care for Real, a social service agency, has been battling hunger in the greater Edgewater Community for over 40 years. In 2012, Care for Real served more than 54,000 people, and this year the number is 20 percent higher.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, the agency will kick off its first “Edgewalk to End Hunger.”

“September is Hunger Action Month and Care for Real is pleased to play a leading role in creating a movement that has lasting impact as we together we take action to foster a stronger, healthier and more stable community.” said Lyle Allen, the agency’s executive director.

The event will help the agency continue distributing food to the hungry. Last year, Care for Real gave out more than 1 million pounds of food to North Siders in need, enabling them to prepare 400,000 meals.

The 2.6 mile hike will meander through Andersonville, Lakewood-Balmoral, the Historic Bryn Mawr District and other Edgebrook neighborhoods for about an hour and will be followed by a picnic.

Register online at or at 9 a.m. on the day of the walk. Pledge $25 to register as a household or $50 as a business. Then ask others to support your walk with pledges. Raise $50, and you get a free t-shirt.