Agriculture, Food, Nutrition


Food Pantry and Community Kitchen

Chicago, IL


Ravenswood Community Services (RCS) provides the basics of food and supplies to our neighbors, respecting the dignity of all and creating community throughout Ravenswood and the surrounding neighborhoods on Chicago's north side. We strive to offer services and connections to resources that can help people realize health, stability, and self-sufficiency.

Ruling Year


Principal Officer

Lori Gee

Main Address

4550 N. Hermitage Avenue

Chicago, IL 60640 USA


hunger relief, food insecurity, emergency food assistance, poverty





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Congregate Meals (K34)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Ravenswood Community Services (RCS) operates a food pantry and community kitchen, providing groceries and meals for people dealing with food insecurity.

Our programs

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RCS Food Pantry

RCS Mobile Pantry

RCS All Saints' Cafe

RCS "Reality Fair" Financial Literacy Program

Where we work

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

We strive to offer services and connections to resources that can help people realize health, stability and self-sufficiency.

RCS provides access to nutrition, basic health care counsel, and connection to community resources through the service of a weekly meal and access to a choice-model food pantry, the availability of an ask-a-nurse clinic, and support from on-site social workers during operating hours.

RCS is a member agency of The Greater Chicago Food Depository's network of hunger relief agencies which provide access to significant amounts of high quality, nutritious food at little to no cost. It is fortunate to have the volunteer support of more than 1,400 volunteers annually and the generous financial support of local individuals, businesses, and foundations.

RCS' goal is to address food insecurity as it exists in our community, providing consistent access to nutritious food for people struggling with a shortage of resources. Its efforts are successful when people can pay their other bills or stay in their homes without going hungry, feed their children adequately so that they can focus in school, or afford their medications without skipping crucial nutrition.

Since it's first distribution in 1993, the food pantry operated by Ravenswood Community Services has grown from providing groceries donated by volunteers to a handful of neighbors each week, to serving 200-250 neighborhood families every Tuesday evening with food supplied through donations, USDA commodities, rescued produce and other food items, and purchased staples including fresh produce, milk and bread. In addition to the expansion of its food pantry services, RCS has also added a weekly hot meal service (served family-style for 125), an ask-a-nurse clinic, and on-site social workers to connect neighbors with resources in the community for things like housing, health care, and job training. RCS' programs, run by a small group of volunteers 25 years ago, now benefit from community support including partnerships with local schools, businesses, youth groups, community groups, other non-profit agencies, and individuals. RCS will continue to evolve its service offerings, according to the needs of our neighbors, using a combination of providing additional services in-house and leveraging services already available from other local agencies. Plans for the expansion of services are evaluated according to two key criteria: effective service delivery and efficient use of scarce resources.

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