To feed wholesome meals to food-insecure school children in our community and teach them to create healthy habits.
The idea for The Foundation is simple: To feed healthy meals to children impacted by homelessness and hunger and increase their awareness, connection and excitement about the whole food they are consuming. The Patachou Foundation is supported by individual donors, granting organizations, Public Greens and corporate sponsors.
We recognize it takes more than just feeding bodies to change food insecurity – it takes a holistic approach. Through our meal services and education programming we combat food insecurity at its core to break the cycle of hunger in our community.
What is food insecurity?
Food insecurity occurs when there is no access to quality food or when it is available, no money to buy. Under-resourced neighborhoods often are referred to as “food deserts” because of their lack of quality grocery stores. Indianapolis has been ranked the worst city in the nation for these “food deserts.” Through The Patachou Foundation’s feeding sites and education programming we aim to change that.
Without the support from volunteers, that would not be possible. Take a stance against food insecurity in your community and join our fight to eradicate hunger. Whether it is once a week or once a semester, The Patachou Foundation would love to have you join our volunteer team. Learn more about how you can do your part.
The more people who find out about The Patachou Foundation, the more our community will learn about how we are fighting hunger. So post a link to the project site on your Facebook page or include it in your email-signature.
The Patachou Foundation aims to achieve strategic growth for a radically different and radically better impact in Indianapolis. By 2020 we are dedicated to:
- Making a measured effect on hunger in our community by reaching 1,000 individual students annually through geographic expansion.
- Increasing our volunteer base to 150 volunteers actively engaged each month at every level of our organization.
- Expanding on fundraising support for our growing impact in the community through diversified sources.
1) Being exceptional at what we do. This applies to every aspect of the foundation, from the quality of food we serve, how it is prepared, our programming, to our attitudes and our campaigns. Only the best quality of ingredients and people are good enough. Through radically different approaches and ideas, we will be radically better.
2) Creating and maintaining a positive atmosphere where we serve, where individuality and diverseness is encouraged, where opinions and thoughts are listened to, and where each volunteer is valued and treated with kindness and respect.
3) Creating lasting relationships with each other and with those we serve: whether it be fellow Patachou volunteers, other community partners or volunteers, or especially those we volunteer for so that even for the brief moments we share, the Patachou Foundation becomes part of their lives, and they become part of ours.
4) Providing service with a high level of warmth; recognizing that the limited time we have together is important, and that every moment matters.
5) Providing “real” food that is as high-quality as financially feasible. We serve food that is truly fresh. That means that we create relationships with suppliers and community partners that are mutually benefitting.
6) Creating an atmosphere of equality and respect, recognizing that those we serve are the reason we do what we do. Communities in their truest form rely on each other to build value together. We are helping to build those communities and in doing so, are becoming part of them as well. We seek not only to serve, but to create meaningful partnerships along the way.
The Patachou Foundation uses the Patachou Inc. restaurant's production kitchen to prepare the food and staff and community volunteers serve these children warm, wholesome meals. Educators are trained to work with youth in nutrition, basic culinary exploration, manners at the table and farming topics.
From Martha Hoover, founder
As a mother of three grown children, I remember fondly the crazy after school hours trying to cram in homework with athletics, extracurricular activities, and the day’s recap at the dinner table. I remember how hungry my children were when they got in the car, off a bus, or to their after school event. Even when I was not there to physically give them a healthy snack, they had money to buy one. And they always knew that once home there would be a dinner table waiting for them, a warm meal, a refrigerator full of food and a bed to sleep in.
At The Patachou Foundation, We serve a population that does not share in this type of security. We feed children who, at the mercy of their parents’ precarious, difficult and vulnerable lives, live in the shadows of daily food insecurity and the threat of homelessness.
Martha Hoover opened her first Patachou Inc. restaurant in December 1989 and currently operates multiple successful restaurant concepts in the Indianapolis area: Cafés Patachou, Petite Chou Bistro and Champagne Bar, Napolese Artisanal Pizzeria and Wine Bar, GELO Dolce Bar, Public Greens an Urban Kitchen. Keeping with her commitment the the community she serves, she began The Patachou Foundation in 2013.