The Patachou Foundation Ambassadors are dedicated leaders in Indianapolis who are making a direct impact Indianapolis children suffering from hunger and food insecurity by raising money to support one of the schools we serve.
Meet Ella! Ella Eskenazi goes to University High School where she is working to build a pollinator garden. Ella loves to play sports, be outdoors, and create artwork. She says, “I want people in my community to know how much I value them.”
Why did you decide to become a TPF Ambassador?
I decided to become an Ambassador for The Patachou Foundation because the mission embodies many of my aspirations and motivations in life. I love volunteering at the schools [supported by TPF] with my mom. I plan to use this program to empower others to make sustainable choices that can help others as well.
How did you first hear about TPF?
I was introduced to The Patachou Foundation by my mom, and ever since, I have attended a First Friday on the Farm event, and have volunteered at some of the schools. I take a trip to Public Greens at an average of about once a week with my family!
What speaks to you about TPF’s mission?
TPF speaks to my passions for the outdoors, community, and sustainability. Recently I have been learning a lot about the entire food system, and how important it can be to choose local and sustainable options. I believe accessibility to these things should not be a challenge that anyone has to face.
Do you have any stories to share about your time as an Ambassador so far?
So far, I have been learning to apply the TPF mission to other areas of my life. At school, I started a Year of Service project titled, “Bee Pollination and Food Insecurity”. As well, I am taking a course that discusses sustainable food systems. Both of these experiences have given me ideas on how I can empower others in my community. Additionally, I have been inspired to start a vegetable garden in my backyard this spring.
What is your favorite family tradition involving food?
Every time my family travels to a larger city, we put our leftover food from a meal in a box and find a homeless person to give it to. I love this tradition because it gives me the opportunity to form a connection with someone new. Although it often strikes a harsh realization, I always gain perspective and learn what I can do to help others.
What was your favorite snack as a child?
Growing up, my favorite snack was apples and peanut butter. My favorite apples are Honeycrisp, and I still enjoy this snack after school and before sports practices.