Glenwood Oaks to offer carry-out version of LARC Fall Feast


Pre-orders due October 14; dinners available Thursday through Saturday, October 15–17

by Melanie Jongsma, with information provided by LARC

GLENWOOD, Ill. (September 28, 2020) – The Annual Fall Feast is a fundraising tradition for LARC, and it typically involves enjoying Glenwood Oaks food on the LARC campus on Wentworth Avenue in Lansing. But COVID is forcing some changes this year. Longtime supporter Glenwood Oaks Restaurant will still be providing food for the event, but it will be carry-out only.

Dinners will be available Thursday through Saturday, October 15, 16, and 17. Pick-up times are 3:00–6:00pm each of those days. Tickets for the meals can be ordered at through Wednesday, October 14, at 4:00pm.

Community members who choose to pre-order a meal will be supporting the programs that LARC provides for over 100 clients who learn to work, live, and participate in their community, while making accommodations for their intellectual and developmental disabilities. The menu options include these Glenwood Oaks classics:

  • Half slab of Glenwood Oaks’ famous BBQ ribs—$15
  • Four-piece honey-fried chicken dinner—$15
  • Chiken-and-ribs combo—$18
  • Chicken tenders—$7
  • A newly-added meatloaf entrée—$14

Most entrées are served with mashed potatoes, green beans, and a dinner roll. Chicken tenders are served with French fries and a dinner roll.

All proceeds from the Annual Fall Feast Glenwood Oaks Carry-out support LARC programs such as job training and employment, daily life skills enrichment, senior programming, 24-hour residential services, and special recreation.

LARC Executive Director Ernie Gonzalez shows one of the jobs his clients do—packaging a specified number of nasal spray units into cartons that will be shipped to distributors. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma, 2018)

“These are very challenging times for everyone, including LARC” said Executive Director Ernie Gonzalez. He added, “Organizations like ours are challenged in finding ways to sustain our fundraising efforts amid concerns for public safety, and during a struggling economy.

“We appreciate all our friends in the community that continue to help support LARC and the amazing individuals we serve.”

Tickets are available at through Wednesday, October 14, at 4:00pm.

More information about LARC’s mission and services, or for more information about the 2020 Fall Feast, call 708-474-1540.

The LARC campus is located at 19043 Wentworth Avenue in Lansing, Illinois. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)


  1. Dear Melanie,
    As a member of LARC’s Board of Directors I want to thank you and your publication for your support of our organization. More than ever we need the support of our community and your readership. I find it difficult describe the wonderful way our community has responded to LARC’s needs and fund raisers throughout the years. However, as a one who is familiar with many of organizations like LARC, they envy the support we receive from all of our friends and community as well as the Village of Lansing.
    Be safe,
    Ed Lugowski

    • Dear Ed, as Lansing’s only newspaper, we do our best to include ALL of Lansing in our coverage. LARC clients are an important part of our community, and The Lansing Journal belongs to them as much as anyone. We appreciate LARC staff for keeping us informed about important community events like this, so we can share the news with our readership.

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