Food Pantry and Community Kitchen

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EIN: 36-4439781


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

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Principal Officer

Lori Gee

Main address

4550 N. Hermitage Avenue

Chicago, IL 60640 USA

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Subject area info

Human services

Food banks

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Congregate Meals (K34)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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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 and Community Kitchen

Every Tuesday, RCS offers groceries and meals to neighbors dealing with food insecurity. RCS' choice-model pantry provides each household with a nutritional mix of groceries, including fresh milk, bread and other grains, protein options, 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 are unhoused or without access to the tools of a traditional kitchen.Volunteer cooking teams also prepare a meal for carry out.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

On the second Saturday of each month, RCS operates a "mobile pantry food distribution program in the front courtyard at Ravenswood School, a neighborhood public elementary school. The Saturday Pantry represents an important community partnership between RCS, Ravenswood School, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) to offer fresh produce and other grocery staples at no charge to neighborhood families in need of food assistance.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

In partnership with local public schools, RCS offers groceries on-site to busy families as they pick up kids from school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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

RCS provides access to groceries and meals through a weekly choice-model food pantry and community kitchen dinner, a monthly Saturday Pantry, and multiple After School pantries. The weekly pantry includes support from an on-site social worker available to connect neighbors with other resources as needed.

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 500 volunteers annually and the generous financial support of local individuals, businesses, and foundations.

Since its 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 also added a weekly hot meal service (served family-style for 125) and an on-site social worker to connect neighbors with resources in the community for things like housing, health care, and job training. In 2009, RCS added a Saturday Pantry to its programs, serving families from the grounds of Ravenswood Elementary. And in 2021, RCS launched a series of After School Pantries in partnership with 3 elementary schools in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood to reach busy families as they were picking up kids from school. 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.


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 543.35 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of RAVENSWOOD COMMUNITY SERVICES INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $43,041 $59,343 $279,759 $99,481 $97,846
As % of expenses 8.8% 9.7% 39.8% 16.9% 16.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $37,177 $52,888 $273,201 $92,304 $89,614
As % of expenses 7.5% 8.6% 38.5% 15.5% 14.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $517,927 $648,040 $971,471 $706,288 $665,021
Total revenue, % change over prior year -0.6% 25.1% 49.9% -27.3% -5.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.3% 0.9% 1.0% 1.9% 1.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.7% 99.1% 96.5% 98.1% 99.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 2.5% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $488,555 $610,462 $702,585 $589,192 $601,691
Total expenses, % change over prior year -4.0% 25.0% 15.1% -16.1% 2.1%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 20.1% 24.1% 24.5%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Occupancy 1.2% 1.0% 0.9% 1.1% 1.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 59.2% 68.7% 72.7% 66.9% 66.5%
All other expenses 39.5% 30.3% 6.4% 7.9% 7.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $494,419 $616,917 $709,143 $596,369 $609,923
One month of savings $40,713 $50,872 $58,549 $49,099 $50,141
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $15,988 $15,626 $9,129 $0 $29,175
Total full costs (estimated) $551,120 $683,415 $776,821 $645,468 $689,239

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 8.9 6.6 9.9 12.0 11.5
Months of cash and investments 8.9 7.6 10.9 15.5 16.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.4 5.2 9.2 12.9 14.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $361,920 $335,128 $578,491 $589,211 $574,467
Investments $0 $53,070 $59,478 $171,943 $228,652
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $128
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $89,198 $103,436 $112,565 $112,565 $141,742
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 76.3% 70.7% 70.8% 77.2% 67.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.9% 3.1% 0.4% 0.7% 1.5%
Unrestricted net assets $242,666 $295,554 $568,755 $661,059 $750,673
Temporarily restricted net assets $139,924 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $139,924 $118,159 $107,286 $124,901 $90,385
Total net assets $382,590 $413,713 $676,041 $785,960 $841,058

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Lori Gee

After more than 10 years as a volunteer, Lori joined the staff at Ravenswood Community Services in January of 2012, bringing her business background and experience as a volunteer to the ED role. She is a lifelong believer that if you can do something to help someone, you should, and loves her work in the nonprofit space where so many share this philosophy. Lori has a BA in International Business from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 03/21/2024
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Board chair

Brian Lynch

Chicago Public Schools

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