RAVENSWOOD COMMUNITY SERVICES INC

Food Pantry and Community Kitchen

Mission

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 info

2001

Principal Officer

Lori Gee

Main address

4550 N. Hermitage Avenue

Chicago, IL 60640 USA

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EIN

36-4439781

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Congregate Meals (K34)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

RCS Food Pantry

Every Tuesday night during a two-hour window of time,
an average of 200-250 hungry neighbors come to RCS’ Food Pantry for a
generous supply of groceries. RCS provides each person/household with a
nutritional mix of groceries, including fresh milk, bread and other grains, a
protein source (often including meat or poultry), fruits and vegetables and
other grocery staples. RCS also offers a "no kitchen” option with
easy-to-prepare items and pop-top cans for our neighbors who live on the
streets or without access to the tools of a traditional kitchen. At the same time, volunteer cooking
teams prepare and serve a hot, family-style meal to more than 100 neighbors
each week during the Food Pantry distribution. Dinner guests are invited to
take groceries from the Food Pantry as they leave.

Population(s) Served
Adults

On the
second Saturday of each month, RCS operates a "Mobile Pantry” food distribution
program in the parking lot at Ravenswood School, a neighborhood public
elementary school. The Mobile Pantry represents an important community
partnership between RCS, Ravenswood School and the Greater Chicago Food
Depository (GCFD) to offer fresh produce, bread and other grocery staples at no
charge to neighborhood families in need of food assistance. The outdoor farmers
market-style Mobile Pantry serves an average of about 130 families each month.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Twice a year, RCS transforms its Community Kitchen
into a fine-dining experience inspired by Chicago’s top restaurants. More than 150 hungry neighbors enjoy
the dignity of choice when they order fancy and exotic dishes from a
chef-prepared menu and are cared for by an attentive volunteer wait staff.

Population(s) Served
Adults

RCS volunteers wrote and continue to lead a financial
literacy curriculum for 7th- and 8th-graders at the local
public elementary school to give students early tools to help make good choices.
The unit culminates in a 3D game where students make "real-life” financial
decisions about shelter (rent or buy?), transportation (fancy new SUV, used car
or CTA card?), and hygiene products (bargain shampoo or expensive salon
treatments?), among others.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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.

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.

Financials

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Operations

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RAVENSWOOD COMMUNITY SERVICES INC

Board of directors
as of 4/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brian Lynch

No Affiliation

Bonnie Perry

All Saints' Episcopal Church

Nicole Spreen

MAXIMUS

Kate Gallagher

Wintrust Bank

Jeffrey Lee

Episcopal Diocese of Chicago

Dan Morgan

Mark Ortlieb

Lisa Patel

Jack Garland

Discover Financial Services

Brian Lynch

Diane Sibley

Retired

Jen Moore

Meez Meals

Steve Holt

HoltSolutions

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No