Real Food doesn't just belong in certain zip codes
The Patachou Foundation serves after-school and daytime summer meals to nourish bodies, increase awareness introduce students to 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.* IPS has chosen to provide all students with free lunches through the federal program, but unfortunately for almost half of these kids, the assistance stops right there. A 2015 report** states, “only 57% of food insecure individuals are income-eligible" for food assistance from the federal government. That gap, which is sometimes filled with other social services that often provide low-nutrient food, must be bridged in some manner. Such food insecurity in childhood negatively 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