Ravenswood Community Services

Ravenswood Community Services Ravenswood Community Services (RCS) is a food pantry and community kitchen serving our neighbors in need. RCS runs several outreach programs meeting the needs of those in the Ravenswood neighborhood and its surrounding communities.

Every Tuesday night, between 250 and 350 neighbors come to our Food Pantry seeking a bag of groceries. We provide a nutritionally balanced grocery bag to each person, which includes fresh milk, bread and meat. We also offer a “no-kitchen” option with easy-to-fix items and pop-top lids for our neighbors who primarily live on the streets. We run our Community Kitchen simultaneously, providing a fami

Every Tuesday night, between 250 and 350 neighbors come to our Food Pantry seeking a bag of groceries. We provide a nutritionally balanced grocery bag to each person, which includes fresh milk, bread and meat. We also offer a “no-kitchen” option with easy-to-fix items and pop-top lids for our neighbors who primarily live on the streets. We run our Community Kitchen simultaneously, providing a fami

Operating as usual

Cheers to our Spirits sponsors AND to everyone who's made a gift to support the food pantry and community kitchen in lie...
10/14/2021

Cheers to our Spirits sponsors AND to everyone who's made a gift to support the food pantry and community kitchen in lieu of our in-person Spirits of Ravenswood event! Tomorrow is the final day of our Spirits Special Offer. If you haven’t yet made a donation, please consider it today. As a reminder, gifts of $250 and up will receive a “Spirits” thank you gift in the mail.

https://ravenswoodcommunityservices.networkforgood.com/projects/77645-ravenswood-community-services-annual-fund

Cheers to our Spirits sponsors AND to everyone who's made a gift to support the food pantry and community kitchen in lieu of our in-person Spirits of Ravenswood event! Tomorrow is the final day of our Spirits Special Offer. If you haven’t yet made a donation, please consider it today. As a reminder, gifts of $250 and up will receive a “Spirits” thank you gift in the mail.

https://ravenswoodcommunityservices.networkforgood.com/projects/77645-ravenswood-community-services-annual-fund

Spirits of Ravenswood + masks and social distancing = Bummer. For the second year in a row we’ve made the difficult deci...
10/05/2021

Spirits of Ravenswood + masks and social distancing = Bummer.

For the second year in a row we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person fall fundraiser. Small bites and local beverage tastings are just not a good fit for the current state of things.

In addition to being a truly excellent time (see evidence below), the Spirits also provides an important piece of our funding every year. So while we can’t gather, we still need help packing our shelves with fresh produce and food for the 200+ households who visit our pantry every week. Would you consider making a donation to help feed our neighbors in lieu of this year’s Spirits of Ravenswood? Special gift for donations over $250!

Thank you, thank you for your support!

https://ravenswoodcommunityservices.networkforgood.com/projects/77645-ravenswood-community-services-annual-fund

Spirits of Ravenswood + masks and social distancing = Bummer.

For the second year in a row we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person fall fundraiser. Small bites and local beverage tastings are just not a good fit for the current state of things.

In addition to being a truly excellent time (see evidence below), the Spirits also provides an important piece of our funding every year. So while we can’t gather, we still need help packing our shelves with fresh produce and food for the 200+ households who visit our pantry every week. Would you consider making a donation to help feed our neighbors in lieu of this year’s Spirits of Ravenswood? Special gift for donations over $250!

Thank you, thank you for your support!

https://ravenswoodcommunityservices.networkforgood.com/projects/77645-ravenswood-community-services-annual-fund

Spots still available for volunteering today!
08/17/2021
Volunteers for 8/17

Spots still available for volunteering today!

As we begin to implement certain aspects of our pantry's client choice model, face to face interactions with neighbors coming for groceries will be required. Please only sign up for a role where you will be interacting with neighbors if you are entirely comfortable to do so. VOLUNTEER MASK UPDATE: E...

Spots available to volunteer at the Saturday pantry tomorrow!
07/09/2021
Volunteers for Mobile Pantry 7/10

Spots available to volunteer at the Saturday pantry tomorrow!

In an effort to comply with CDC reccomendations we are asking volunteers who are willing to assist with the Mobile Pantry distribution sign up below. Please do not volunteer if you are not signed up here. We will be distributing groceries from the courtyard at Ravenswood Elementary School (4332 N Pa...

Last night, the 1st week cooking team cooked up a cassoulet, vegetarian cassoulet, a green salad with ranch dressing, a ...
06/02/2021

Last night, the 1st week cooking team cooked up a cassoulet, vegetarian cassoulet, a green salad with ranch dressing, a cheese/spinach muffin, and cookies. Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to help!

This is the last weekend to register for the Ravenswood Run! Looks like it will be a beautiful weekend to be out and abo...
04/30/2021

This is the last weekend to register for the Ravenswood Run! Looks like it will be a beautiful weekend to be out and about in the neighborhood!

The 2021 Virtual Ravenswood Run is almost coming to a close! Sign up by Sunday, 5/2 at 11:59PM to secure your spot!➡️ http://bit.ly/3twila4

It's Ravenswood Run weekend, and look out of our winged mascot on the front lawn of All Saints'! Be sure to stop by, upl...
04/23/2021

It's Ravenswood Run weekend, and look out of our winged mascot on the front lawn of All Saints'! Be sure to stop by, upload pics, and tag our page. HAPPY RUNNING!

It's Ravenswood Run weekend, and look out of our winged mascot on the front lawn of All Saints'! Be sure to stop by, upload pics, and tag our page. HAPPY RUNNING!

Our friends at Montrose Metra Community Gardens are working tirelessly on their expansion. They are up for the Nature's ...
04/02/2021

Our friends at Montrose Metra Community Gardens are working tirelessly on their expansion. They are up for the Nature's Path Organic Foods #Gardens4Good grant! Please consider voting on their behalf.You get one vote per email address, so if you have multiple email addresses you can use all of them to vote! Voting ends April 7th. Let's help them get the community votes they need!

Here is the link to vote: https://bit.ly/votemmcg

Our friends at Montrose Metra Community Gardens are working tirelessly on their expansion. They are up for the Nature's Path Organic Foods #Gardens4Good grant! Please consider voting on their behalf.You get one vote per email address, so if you have multiple email addresses you can use all of them to vote! Voting ends April 7th. Let's help them get the community votes they need!

Here is the link to vote: https://bit.ly/votemmcg

The Virtual 2021 Ravenswood Run is almost upon us! Grab your running shoes, and check out this post for more information...
03/26/2021

The Virtual 2021 Ravenswood Run is almost upon us! Grab your running shoes, and check out this post for more information!

🚨WE’RE VIRTUAL, RAVENSWOOD🚨

Get ready for the 25th anniversary of the Ravenswood Virtual Run! This spring, join your fellow Ravenswood runners for a virtual 5K in support of Ravenswood Community Services’ Food Pantry and Community Kitchen. Together, we can help put food on the table for families in need — and have some fun along the way.

Register Here ➡ http://bit.ly/2SVlMp2

Last night’s dinner (for 225 neighbors) was a lemon herb baked chicken breast, Greek-style rice with spinach, cucumber s...
03/24/2021

Last night’s dinner (for 225 neighbors) was a lemon herb baked chicken breast, Greek-style rice with spinach, cucumber salad with yogurt, and a big Blondie for dessert. Thank you to the fabulous volunteers who prepared it, and to all the volunteers who helped pack and distribute groceries to our neighbors!

This week, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, we handed out corned beef sandwiches (generously donated to us by Lotties Pub ...
03/19/2021

This week, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, we handed out corned beef sandwiches (generously donated to us by Lotties Pub in Bucktown) in addition to our volunteer chef prepared meal and groceries! Many thanks to all the volunteers, donors, and neighbors who make this possible every week!

We still have 4 volunteer spots open at tomorrow's pantry. Sign up if you'd like to help out!
03/15/2021
Volunteers for 3/16

We still have 4 volunteer spots open at tomorrow's pantry. Sign up if you'd like to help out!

In an effort to comply with CDC reccomendations for no more than 10 people to congreate, we are asking volunteers who are willing to assist with the packing and distribution of bags to sign up below. Please do not volunteer if you are not signed up here. SIGN-UP VOLUNTEER:  We will be handing out ...

With the warmer weather yesterday, the pantry was bustling. We sent groceries to 200+ homes, and the volunteer chefs mad...
02/24/2021

With the warmer weather yesterday, the pantry was bustling. We sent groceries to 200+ homes, and the volunteer chefs made a delicious hearty meal: chili mac (and a vegetarian version), cantaloupe and peach salad, corn muffins, and a big oatmeal raisin cookie. Many thanks to all the volunteers!

An special thank you to all the volunteers who came out to the Saturday pantry in below freezing/snowing temperatures! W...
02/15/2021

An special thank you to all the volunteers who came out to the Saturday pantry in below freezing/snowing temperatures! We had a LOT of food to move, and y'all did it. And an extra special thanks to volunteers Dan and John for their leadership and dedication!

Despite the snow, we served close to 200 families this week, and the kitchen team served up a delicious Chicken Divan Ca...
02/05/2021

Despite the snow, we served close to 200 families this week, and the kitchen team served up a delicious Chicken Divan Casserole (chicken breast, broccoli and macaroni in a rich sour cream curry sauce), a side of cranberry sauce, and a brownie for dessert. Many thanks to all the volunteers!

Despite the snow, we served close to 200 families this week, and the kitchen team served up a delicious Chicken Divan Casserole (chicken breast, broccoli and macaroni in a rich sour cream curry sauce), a side of cranberry sauce, and a brownie for dessert. Many thanks to all the volunteers!

Lasagna anyone?! Last night, our kitchen volunteers prepared a delicious and hearty lasagna meal with garlic bread and f...
01/27/2021

Lasagna anyone?! Last night, our kitchen volunteers prepared a delicious and hearty lasagna meal with garlic bread and fudge for dessert. A perfect meal for a snowy night! Many thanks to all the volunteers who joined us despite the weather conditions!

Lasagna anyone?! Last night, our kitchen volunteers prepared a delicious and hearty lasagna meal with garlic bread and fudge for dessert. A perfect meal for a snowy night! Many thanks to all the volunteers who joined us despite the weather conditions!

Many thanks to all the volunteers who came out for the January Saturday pantry at Ravenswood School! Despite the cold we...
01/11/2021

Many thanks to all the volunteers who came out for the January Saturday pantry at Ravenswood School! Despite the cold we saw over 100 neighbors and handed out a LOT of produce and canned goods. Special shout out to Gay For Good Chicago for organizing a wonderful group on short notice!

Last night we served 265 meals and handed out groceries to 227 households, reaching over 600 neighbors. The meal was a t...
01/06/2021

Last night we served 265 meals and handed out groceries to 227 households, reaching over 600 neighbors. The meal was a traditional New Years meal: Hopping John, collard greens, corn muffin, and cookies. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped feed our neighbors!

VOLUNTEER SPOTS OPEN for this afternoon at RCS! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a49aba729aaf58-volunteers48
01/05/2021
Volunteers for 1/5

VOLUNTEER SPOTS OPEN for this afternoon at RCS! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a49aba729aaf58-volunteers48

In an effort to comply with CDC reccomendations for no more than 10 people to congreate, we are asking volunteers who are willing to assist with the packing and distribution of bags to sign up below. Please do not volunteer if you are not signed up here. SIGN-UP VOLUNTEER:  We will be handing out ...

Tonight at RCS, the 4th Week Team put together a wonderful holiday meal: glazed ham, mashed potatoes, roasted broccoli, ...
12/22/2020

Tonight at RCS, the 4th Week Team put together a wonderful holiday meal: glazed ham, mashed potatoes, roasted broccoli, spiced fruit salad, and peppermint cupcakes. The vegetarian option included a grilled cauliflower steak.

Many thanks to everyone who donated hats and gloves! Those are being distributed tonight along with some holiday goodies from There Really is a Santa Claus.

As always, we are so, so grateful for the dedication from our volunteers. This work would not be possible without them!

Many thanks to the volunteers working in the pantry and kitchen last night! The to-go meal was a hearty beef stew with a...
12/16/2020

Many thanks to the volunteers working in the pantry and kitchen last night! The to-go meal was a hearty beef stew with a side of green beans w/ roasted nuts and raisins and a spice cake for dessert!

We know Thanksgiving probably looked different for you this year. In any other year, we’d be rolling ourselves back to w...
12/01/2020

We know Thanksgiving probably looked different for you this year.

In any other year, we’d be rolling ourselves back to work after a long weekend of gathering. Parker would be recently back from a family visit in Massachusetts, and I’d be wondering at how my mom can fit so many people in her dining room at once. But 2020 has not been like any other year.

Accordingly, we figured we’d set Giving Tuesday norms aside and let this be a day marked by celebrating and appreciating you: our volunteers, our donors, our sandwich makers, our cheerleaders, our bag packers, our dishwashers, our champions, our bag sorters, our glove collectors, and our neighbors.

This Giving Tuesday, we’re thankful for your generosity, your hard work and your dedication. For all of it. So much work has been needed to keep food on the table for our neighbors in need in 2020 and you really have gone above and beyond.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Lori + Parker

Many thanks to the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce for including RCS in their Giving Tuesday post!
12/01/2020

Many thanks to the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce for including RCS in their Giving Tuesday post!

It's #GivingTuesday! Consider making donations to nonprofits in our area. Along with those shown, you can find a full list of nonprofits on our site: https://bit.ly/GRCCNonProfits

Shown: North Side Housing and Supportive Services, Awakenings (and their new Judith's Circle monthly donor program), JASC - Japanese American Service Committee and Ravenswood Community Services.

Note: All photos were taken pre-COVID (hence, no masks).

Still have volunteer spots open for tomorrow! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a49aba729aaf58-volunteers39
11/09/2020
Volunteers for 11/10

Still have volunteer spots open for tomorrow!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a49aba729aaf58-volunteers39

In an effort to comply with CDC reccomendations for no more than 10 people to congreate, we are asking volunteers who are willing to assist with the packing and distribution of bags to sign up below. Please do not volunteer if you are not signed up here. We will be handing out pre-packed bags, and ...

Lots of changes as we get ready for the cold months ahead! RCS has moved some of it's line into the sanctuary, we're wor...
11/05/2020

Lots of changes as we get ready for the cold months ahead! RCS has moved some of it's line into the sanctuary, we're working on implementing a new sign in process, and our cooking teams are cooking up more and more meals! This past week, the cooking team prepared a beef chili, cornbread, a green salad, and cookies for dessert!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TUESDAY 11/3! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a49aba729aaf58-volunteers38
11/03/2020
Volunteers for 11/3

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TUESDAY 11/3! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a49aba729aaf58-volunteers38

In an effort to comply with CDC reccomendations for no more than 10 people to congreate, we are asking volunteers who are willing to assist with the packing and distribution of bags to sign up below. Please do not volunteer if you are not signed up here. NEW THIS WEEK: We will be transitioning our ...

RCS has hosted census takers at our weekly Tuesday pantry to ensure that everyone is counted! The census provides critic...
10/05/2020

RCS has hosted census takers at our weekly Tuesday pantry to ensure that everyone is counted! The census provides critical information to policy makers that ensures funding for programs that help our neighbors every day.

Immigrants count. Young children count. LGBTQ folks count. People of color count. We ALL count, and we ALL deserve to be recorded in the #2020Census -- the nation’s largest and most diverse tally to date. Get counted today at www.my2020Census.gov #MakeILCount #ILCountMeIn2020

Last night's pantry was one of the biggest of the year, serving over 275 neighbors. The meal was a hearty bratwurst with...
09/30/2020

Last night's pantry was one of the biggest of the year, serving over 275 neighbors. The meal was a hearty bratwurst with baked beans, potato salad, and sugar cookies for dessert. This was also one of our last weeks to receive fresh baked loaves from Lost Larson Bakery in Andersonville through the Artisan Grain Collaborative. It's been so great to offer these delicious loaves to our neighbors each week!

A look back at the 2019 Spirits of Ravenswood!
09/17/2020

A look back at the 2019 Spirits of Ravenswood!

Since we can't all gather this year, here's a look back at the 2019 Spirits of Ravenswood!

Since we can't all gather this year, here's a look back at the 2019 Spirits of Ravenswood!
09/17/2020

Since we can't all gather this year, here's a look back at the 2019 Spirits of Ravenswood!

Remember how much fun we had at last year’s Spirits of Ravenswood? Yeah. Sadly, we can’t do that this year. But we still...
09/10/2020
Neighbors helping neighbors

Remember how much fun we had at last year’s Spirits of Ravenswood? Yeah. Sadly, we can’t do that this year. But we still need your help feeding people.

Though our evening of local craft beverages, dancing, tarot card reading, prize wheel spinning, VR shenanigans, and delicious food cannot be, we’re hoping you’ll consider donating the money you would have spent on tickets and fancy outfits in support of the food pantry.

You’ll have our endless gratitude, AND between now and the end of September, we’ll mail you a special “Spirits” thank you gift in response to donations of $250 and up.

Thank you!

Lori and Parker

09/09/2020
The Jam TV Show

An awesome news feature on this RCS cooking crew that has been putting together 300 sandwiches every Saturday for distribution to our neighbors on Tuesday. Many thanks to this team of volunteers and to all of our volunteers that make feeding our neighbors possible!

Food shortages have gotten worse in some communities since the pandemic hit. This group of volunteers in Ravenswood have come together to ease the burden.

We still have some spots open for volunteering this afternoon! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a49aba729aaf58-volunt...
09/08/2020
Volunteers for 9/8

We still have some spots open for volunteering this afternoon! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a49aba729aaf58-volunteers29

In an effort to comply with CDC reccomendations for no more than 10 people to congreate, we are asking volunteers who are willing to assist with the packing and distribution of bags to sign up below. Please do not volunteer if you are not signed up here. We will be handing out pre-packed bags, and ...

Many thanks for our Saturday Mobile Pantry volunteers (Jersey Mike's on Lawrence, The Junior League Chicago, and many am...
08/10/2020

Many thanks for our Saturday Mobile Pantry volunteers (Jersey Mike's on Lawrence, The Junior League Chicago, and many amazing individuals) who distributed groceries to over 125 households this weekend!

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4550 N Hermitage Ave
Chicago, IL
60640

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm

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(773) 769-0282

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