Community Based Service, Advocacy & Justice Work

A Just Harvest | Chicago, IL
Community Based Service, Advocacy & Justice Work
Supervisor: Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks
Phone: 773-262-2297


The Community Kitchen
Today, with the help of more than 40 partnering organizations and nearly 10,000 volunteer hours, our Community Kitchen is the largest and only self-standing community soup kitchen in the Chicago metro area.  We serve hot, nutritious meals 365 days per year to anyone in need.  Last year, the Community Kitchen served more than 54,000 meals. The Community Kitchen also distributes several thousand pounds of food each month by hosting the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Producemobile which distributes fruit and vegetables to more than 200 families each month.

The Childrens’ Anti-Hunger Collaborative
This program meets the nutritional needs of children by:

  • Enhancing the food and nutrition component of both the Howard Area Community Center’s Greensleeves After-School Project and the Good News Reading Program;
  • Hosting the City of Chicago’s Summer Nutrition Program; and,
  • Operating a free hot lunch program for school age children during the school’s winter and spring breaks.

Northside P.O.W.E.R.
Northside P.O.W.E.R. (People Organized to Work, Educate and Restore) is an institution-based people’s power organization whose members are located in the North Side of the City of Chicago and North Shore Communities.  Northside P.O.W.E.R. works on issues that address the causes of hunger and poverty.  Currently Northside P.O.W.E.R. is working in the areas of affordable housing and food justice.



CTS students in field placement at A Just Harvest will have the opportunity to serve and learn in a variety of ways of your own choosing and creation – from simply working with existing programs and projects, to serving as “chaplain” to Community Kitchen guests, to working with neighborhood youth, to imagining creative ways to help address other ongoing needs within the Rogers Park community, etc. If you are interested in community-based service, advocacy and justice work, consider A Just Harvest as your field placement site!