F.A.Q.

Volunteer with us.

Q: How often are meals delivered to the children?

A: During the school year, The Patachou Foundation partners with after-school program administrators in the schools we serve to coordinate our serving schedule. Our meals last about an hour Monday-Friday between 4:00-6:00pm.

During the summer, The Patachou Foundation serves daytime lunches Monday-Friday.

Q: How are you funded?

A: The Patachou Foundation was started with a seed investment made by Martha Hoover and the Patachou Inc. restaurants. Since this initial gift, The Patachou Foundation has been supported by hundreds of individual donors that contribute to our daily operations and to the daily meals that we serve. In addition to these individuals, The Patachou Foundation counts on the continued support of local businesses and granting organizations to support its impact. Patachou Inc. continues to be a large supporter of The Patachou Foundation, especially with its Public Greens restaurant, which donates 100% of its profits to The Patachou Foundation, and specialty menu items like the Sweet Ruby Special.

Q: Can we help at the farm?

A: The Public Greens restaurant in Broad Ripple along the Monon Trail, whose proceeds benefit The Patachou Foundation, has its own micro-farm. You can help their farmers grow and harvest organic produce for the kitchen by contacting them here.

Q: Which schools do you serve?

A: The Patachou Foundation serves students at five different schools: IPS #14, IPS #15, IPS #54, IPS #58, IPS #83, IPS #101, and Tindley Renaissance.

Q: How do I get involved?

A: We would love to have you join our team of volunteers that make our work possible!

The first step is to sign up through the volunteer portal. After your account is registered, you will receive an email with instructions to complete your background check. During this time, your account will not be active.

Once your background check is approved, you will again receive an email and will be able to sign up for volunteer opportunities through the online volunteer portal.

Q: Where is the food prepared?

A: All food is prepared from scratch at the Patachou Production Kitchen using fresh, high-quality ingredients from our own kitchen and from food supplier partners.

Q: Who serves the food?

A: The meals are served by community volunteers at our meal site locations.