I’m a college professor, writer, and publisher. I’m interested in equity and have been a literary advocate for many years. Now, I’m most interested in food insecurity in the city of Indianapolis.
Why did you decide to become a The Patachou Foundation Ambassador?
I love the mission of The Patachou Foundation. I wanted to be a part of positive change in Indianapolis while challenging myself to do better in engaging with the community and issues that are important to me. What better way to attack the issue than starting with the school-age children. Without good food, kids can’t learn properly in school.
How did you first hear about The Patachou Foundation?
I had a friend that was a volunteer and employee at Public Greens. I went to lunch at Public Greens and observed the Patachou Foundation Mission statement before I read the interview. I was astonished that the restaurant was addressing the issue of food insecurity as part of their business model. I wanted to order the entire menu but settled for the taters and fish. It was delicious.
What speaks to you about The Patachou Foundation’s mission?
Nutritional lunches! In addition, teaching kids how to prepare a meal that has nutritional value. When visiting the school, I noticed that many times students have siblings in the program. Therefore, they learn together and can take the knowledge back to their family and community.
Do you have any stories to share about your time as an Ambassador so far?
When I visited the lunch program at the MLK school, a few students asked if I worked at the school. I told them no, I was a part of the lunch program. They asked why I had I not eaten the food. Immediately, I joined in, got a bowl of fresh soup and a salad. After, we joked until the lunch period was over.
What is your favorite family tradition involving food?
A backyard cookout. When my family celebrates, we gather with food and enjoy the company.
What was your favorite snack as a child?
Ants on a log. Celery, peanut butter, and raisins.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Raising awareness about food insecurity is crucial, but being present is just as important. I appreciate that The Patachou Foundation not only provides the nutritional meals but also puts quality people in place that are willing to spend their time with students to show the importance of community.