A JUST HARVEST

Breaking Bread, Restoring Community

Chicago, IL   |  www.ajustharvest.org

Mission

A Just Harvest’s mission is to fight poverty and hunger in the Rogers Park and greater Chicago community by providing nutritious meals daily while cultivating community and economic development and organizing across racial, cultural and socioeconomic lines in order to create a more just society.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks

Main address

PO Box 608033 7653 N. Paulina Ave

Chicago, IL 60626 USA

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EIN

36-4381962

NTEE code info

Congregate Meals (K34)

Employment Training (J22)

Minority Rights (R22)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Community Kitchen

Serve a hot, nutritious meal every day of the week, currently to-go due to COVID-19 pandemic. Operate a walk-up food pantry every Wednesday and grocery donation delivery every Saturday, as well as serve as a hub for grocery and supply donation and delivery. Support a community lunch program once a week and support a community after school program every day during the school year (currently on hold due to the pandemic).

Population(s) Served
Adults

Reflecting upon the fact that the numbers of hungry people have continued to increase in recent years, the board of directors of A Just Harvest decided that the organization needed to go beyond feeding people to address the root causes of hunger and poverty.
The Advocacy, Outreach and Organizing Program works to strengthen supporting relationships with community agencies and partnering organizations, and provides additional support services to the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Created in 2010, The Genesis Project marshals community assets and outside resources to create community and economic development opportunities in Rogers Park. This work includes assisting in the incubation of small businesses, creating social enterprise and offering opportunities for hands-on, community-based internships.

The Genesis Project seeks to create meaningful opportunities for the community through:

Workforce Development that includes assisting in the incubation of small businesses, creating a social enterprise and offering opportunities for hands-on, community-based internships.

Community and Economic Development that includes teaching urban agriculture and environmental science at the local Chicago Public School, Gale Academy, as well as offering health and wellness workshops to the community at large.

Community-Based Learning Partnerships which currently include students from DePaul University, Loyola University, Chicago Theological Seminary and the University of Chicago. Students are engaged in community organizing, creating safe and sacred space for patrons and the wider community, and providing an array of volunteer services.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Provide immediate support in feeding the hungry, assist the community in identifying and working on the issues that perpetuate poverty and powerlessness, provide opportunities to develop basic job skills while teaching people how to grow and eat healthy food.

Operating the Community Kitchen and supporting other feeding programs, develop leaders within the community to address the issues underlying poverty and powerlessness, develop partnerships with local organizations and schools to operate a community garden and develop job skills in at risk youth.

Through partnerships with congregations, local universities, community groups and volunteers, we have expanded from serving meals a few nights a week to every night of the year, have installed and operate community gardens, and lead community members in lobbying local and state political leaders on issues affecting the community, such as the Fight for $15 and state budget decisions that directly impact the community.

Financials

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A JUST HARVEST

Board of directors
as of 6/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rev. Dr. Christophe Ringer

Chicago Theological Seminary

Term: 2016 -

Christine Wellman

Internal Revenue Service, Retired

Kelly Quackenbush

Magnusson Group, President

Walidah Bennett

Multi-Faith Veterans Initiative, Director

Jack Bentley

Cook County State's Attorney Office, ASA

Beryl Bills

Retired

Mina Cardenas

Wintrust Community Bank, Branch Manager

Sandra Carter

Community Resident

John Cook

Whole Beauty Institute, Surgeon

Michael Harrington

Harrington Communications, Principal

Bridget Harris

Patron

Tony Jones

Community Resident

Rev. Kim Shelton

Good News Community Church, Pastor

Robert Smith

Morton Salt, Retired

Terri Small

BMO Harris Bank, AVP

Paul Torricelli

Northwestern University, Development Officer

Herf Yamaya

Northside P.O.W.E.R., Leader

Michael Petersen

President of Petersen Aluminum Corporation; Member, Kenilworth Union Church

Kim Bobo

Executive Director of Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy; Member, Good News Community Church

Debra Emry

Managing Partner, Emry Murdock, LLC. Member, Christ Church, Winnetka

Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks

Ex-Officio Executive Director of A Just Harvest

Julie Redmond

HR Business Partner, Cognizant Technology Services

Linda Patton

Principal of DoGone Fun!; Member, St. Pauls UCC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/25/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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