Volunteer with us.

Q: How do I get involved?

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

1. Sign up with your information. 2. Fill out the background check sent via email. 3. Schedule orientation after background check approval. 4. Complete an orientation. 5. Begin signing up to serve! Questions? Email us at volunteer@thepatachoufoundation.org.

Q: Can my group volunteer with you?

A: Our volunteer teams of 2-5 serve the meals to kids Monday-Friday. Building trusting relationships with the kids we serve is an important part of our mission, so we encourage volunteering at least twice per month.   We do not have any group one-time volunteer opportunities.  A background check and orientation attendance is required before volunteering. We do work with groups that volunteer on a recurring basis, if you think that would work for your group, let us know and we can discuss details.

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 beginning 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 eight different schools on the Near East Side and along the 38th Street Corridor. All of them are between downtown Indianapolis and 40th Street. We are at IPS #14, IPS #15, IPS #43, IPS #54, IPS #58, IPS #99, IPS #101, and Tindley Renaissance.

Q: Can I work in the kitchen?

A: Because we scratch make our food in shared facilities, only staff are permitted to prepare the meals. But from there, everything is volunteer driven.

Q: Who serves the food?

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