Fall Scoop 2019

Prost to our Sponsors and Guests!

The 2019 Roberti Culinary Pathway annual fundraising event was a huge success and a fun night for all. Thanks to the generosity of the attendees and sponsors, over $42,000 was raised for the RCP program, which will continue to be matched 100% but only through “Oktober”. This dollar-for-dollar matching rockets our current total raised up to $84,000!

These funds allow us to provide our Lake County neighbors living in poverty to embrace the gift of opportunity, or those eager to start a new direction to receive the skills and support they need to launch a career in the culinary industry. Your impact is felt far beyond the students, changing the future for their families and the community. Historic cycles of poverty  require opportunity to be broken, and that’s what we strive to achieve at RCP.

Highlights from the event:

  • 15,000 meals have been provided to the community since the program’s inception
  • 26 students and graduates came back to volunteer their time and provided testimonies of their hope, success and RCP impact
  • Our 10th class started October 14th with a new group of eager students 
  • Our initial employment rate continues to be be over 92%

Does a gift, no matter the size, make an impact?

You’d better believe it! Donations can be made at

Thank you to our Sponsors 

Have you heard about Friday lunches?
We need your continued help to transform our next class of students. Please join us for a Friday lunch
“on us” to help our newest class practice the skills needed to work in the foodservice industry. Please click here to make a reservation for a Friday lunch.

Thank you for your support and belief in what we can accomplish together at RCP.


Cooking Together Builds Strong Community

What started as a few seeds of corn planted in the RCH  garden turned into an intense morning of tamale making! With our corn leaves ready to harvest, we got to work making two different types of tamales. Corundas, a smaller tamale was wrapped in a corn leaf and eaten with salsa, and Tamales oaxaqueños, which are wrapped in banana leaves. Each type has a different process that we all enjoyed learning! We talked, worked side by side making tamales and felt more connected as we each had an important part in making this traditional dish.

The community comes together for Harvest Party and Movie Night 

Our 7th annual Harvest Party brings our community together to enjoy each others’ company, delicious food, a warm fire, a fun movie (Incredibles 2). This party never fails to highlight how strong and growing this community has become. It takes a lot of effort from volunteers and community members to pull all the pieces together, but the reward is a relaxing night with good food shared outside with families and friends.

A big thank you to Highland Pop who supplied all of the delicious popcorn we needed for the evening.Thank you to Waukegan to College (W2C) for helping with set up! Special thanks to Waukegan Police Department for joining us and being a valued part of our community! And thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who made this evening possible!


  1. We need two laptops that work. Mac or PC? Can you help?
  2. Outdoor Shed – All of the generous donations we have received to help us in our gardening efforts have been well received. However, we are in need of expanded space so that we are able to store these items at both locations. We are in need of a shed which is approximately 7 x 7 feet.
  3. Looking for a volunteer Yoga Instructor – Yoga and physical activities are some of our communities favorite programs! We are currently looking for a volunteer yoga instructor to help for our once weekly yoga class! We are also looking for a volunteer to lead physical activities for our kids in our Afterschool program!

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