Our Story

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The Patachou Foundation uses the Patachou Inc. restaurant’s production kitchen to prepare the food, and staff and community volunteers serve these children real, wholesome meals. Our educators are trained to teach kids about nutrition, basic culinary exploration, manners at the table, and how food is grown.

From Martha Hoover, founder

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Martha Hoover

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, Public Greens an Urban Kitchen. Keeping with her commitment to the community she serves, she began The Patachou Foundation in 2013.