Helping Ninjas™ were fortunate to have had the opportunity to volunteer with the Cafe Patachou Foundation. Helping Ninjas helped to serve a nutritious, and delicious meal to students at the MLK Community Center in Indianapolis.
The Patachou Foundation serves nearly 1,000 meals each week and teaches 50 weekly hours of hands-on education to students at our partner schools. We couldn’t do this without tremendous support from our volunteers. The students we serve know they can depend on a nutritious, kid-friendly meal every day after school from The Patachou Foundation, even during holiday breaks. We ask our volunteers to commit to two or more volunteer days each week so students know they can depend on seeing the same friendly faces week after week. The Patachou Foundation serves after-school and daytime summer meals to nourish bodies, increase awareness introduce students to new ingredients and flavors.
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The Patachou Foundation serves after-school and daytime summer meals to nourish bodies, increase awareness introduce students to new ingredients and flavors.
To feed wholesome meals to food-insecure school children in our community and teach them to create healthy habits.
The idea for The Patachou Foundation is simple: To prepare and serve healthy meals to children impacted by homelessness and hunger and increase their awareness, connection and excitement about the whole food they are eating. 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 hunger – it takes a holistic approach. Through our meal services and hands-on educational 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, even when it is available, no money to buy it. Under-resourced neighborhoods often are referred to as “food deserts” due to their lack of quality grocery stores. Indianapolis has been ranked the worst city in the nation for access to fresh food. The Patachou Foundation is working hard to change this by providing real food and hands-on education to kids living in these areas.