Real Food doesn't just belong in certain zip codes
The Patachou Foundation serves after-school and day-time summer meals to nourish bodies and increase students' awareness about the food they consume and possibilities of new ingredients and flavors.
Hunger in our community
83.9% of children who attend Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) live below the 185% poverty guidelines, therefore qualifying for free or reduced lunch.* Due to that odiously large number, IPS has chosen to provide all students with free lunches through the federal program, but the needs of these children cannot be met through lunch alone. And unfortunately for almost half of these kids, the assistance stops right there. A 2015 report** plainly states “only 57% of food insecure individuals are income-elegible" for food assistance from the federal government. That gap, which is sometimes filled with other social services that often provide low-nutrient based food, must be bridged in some manner. Such food insecurity in childhood negative affects childhood development, academic achievement and mental health.*** The Patachou Foundations believes that children should never have to wonder where their next meal will come from, or if it will come at all.
* "Corporation Enrollment by Ethnicity and Free/Reduced Price Meal Status” http://www.doe.in.gov/accountability/find-school-and-corporation-data-reports **THE STATUS OF WORKING FAMILIES IN INDIANA, Indiana Institute for Working Families