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Ravenswood Community Services (RCS) provides resources for our neighbors in need and creates opportunities for individual and community outreach in the Ravenswood and Uptown neighborhoods on the north side of Chicago. We realize this mission by providing our neighbors with the basics of food and daily supplies, health screenings and information, and life-skills education so that they can achieve health, stability and dignity.
RCS' primary activities include operating a weekly food pantry and community kitchen. Every Tuesday night, more than 300 neighbors come to our food pantry seeking a bag of groceries. We provide a nutritionally balanced grocery bag to each person, including fresh milk, bread and meat. We also offer a "no-kitchen" option with easy-to-prepare items and pop-top lids for our neighbors who primarily live on the streets. Our community kitchen provides a family-style meal for more than 120 neighbors each week. Partnering with Ravenswood School, RCS works to ensure a powerful future for young people in our neighborhood. We produce an annual Reality Fair which teaches 7th and 8th graders practical life skills through choices and nancial realities, and it helps students consider their futures. In our focus:future program, mentors guide soon-to-be-graduating students through the stressful and competitive high school program application process.